About Us

IES Mission Statement
The IES seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.

IES Vision Statement
The IES will build upon a century of excellence to create the premier lighting community dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting to its members, allied professional organizations, and the public.



Joanne Emer
Joanne Emer
The Toronto Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society is a collaborative group of professionals that volunteer their knowledge and time to support and promote the IES Mission and Vision. We are one of the largest and most diverse sections in the IES. Our membership is made up of lighting designers, architects, engineers, sales agents, manufacturers, distributors, contractors, energy management professionals, and educators.

The wealth of knowledge and experience found in our membership inspires us to focus our goals on providing a society that supports growth in knowledge; a society that gives us a place to socialize, share ideas, connect, inspire, recognize industry leaders and innovators; a society that helps emerging professionals find a place where they can be mentored, guided, and belong. We are very fortunate to partner with sponsors who are industry leaders that support many of our initiatives.

At the core of our mission and one of our main initiatives is education. We maintain a calendar that has monthly Technical Luncheons that encompass a variety of current subjects. We encourage you to share topics of interest and participate in discussions during our Technical Luncheons. We provide courses during the year like the Fundamentals of Lighting Program, the LC Study Group, and the Roadway Lighting Symposium. We are projecting to provide New Post Fundamental Courses, as well as a Controls Symposium. As members you have access to the IES’ monthly webinars, the Indispensable Lighting Series, the Trailblazers and Icons Series, and podcasts. And open to everyone is the new IES Ready Reference App that can be downloaded at rrapp@ies.org.

We welcome new members and acknowledge those that have supported us for many years. Personal and professional connections are made at our education and social events. We come together as a society to celebrate some of our most innovative bright stars in the Lighting Industry at the iNova Awards and Gala Event, recognizing their work and contributions, showcasing the lighting designs of our Illumination Award Section and Merit Award Winners. We are inspired by lighting and design in locales around the GTA through our Lightwalks. We play together annually at the IES Golf Tournament. We will be organizing new events for new opportunities to join together in the coming year.

Our vibrant IES Toronto Section grows through the support of our sponsors and the tireless work of our volunteers on the Board. Special thanks to them! We welcome new volunteers to join us, so that we may continue to cultivate new and inspired ideas. It is with continued effort that we provide value to the IES Membership. Please join our mailing list, visit our website, come and participate in our events and find out how an IES membership can benefit you.

I look forward to meeting you soon at one of our events.

Joanne Emer, LC
President 2019/2020
Toronto Section, IES

Section Officers 2019-2020

  • President: Joanne Emer, Omnilumen Technical Products
  • Past President: Prem Kumar, Hubbell Canada
  • Vice President: Eric Teacher, Liteline
  • Secretary: Shannon Dingle, GVA Lighting
  • Treasurer: Philip Lapidus, Lapidus Technical Services

Board of Managers 2019-2020

The Board of Managers is elected to a one-year term in accordance with Section by-laws and IES standards. Elections are held in the spring of each year. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us.

  • Noemi Byrnes, Vaughan Burnes Engineering
  • Mayu Shan, Liteline
  • Ellen Godson, Signify
  • Nasir Hasan, Eaton
  • Vinod Hukerikar, Stanpro Lighting Systems

Committee and Program Chairs

  • Education: Deborah Savage
  • Membership: Gary Schaefer, Tai-Lee Chen
  • Program: Tai-Lee Chen, Sean Bowker, Janie Mighton
  • Illumination Awards: Monica Muntean, PEng, LC
  • Communications: Bill Qiu, Rini Ngai
  • Public Relations/Social: Stephanie Teotico, LC
  • Webmaster: Neil Whiteford
  • Social Media: Kristina Zarembo
  • Light Walk: Gerry Armstrong, LC
  • Industry Liaison: Julia Vandergraaf
  • Golf: Paul Manson
  • Committee Member: Sarah Silverstein, Fabio Novaes, Brenda Quies
  • Emerging Professionals: Ryan Boudreau