The Toronto Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Fundamentals of Lighting Fall 2020
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Metrics & All These Lighting Acronyms – How Do I See the Light?
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Fee : Free
Accreditation : This webinar is AIA approved with HSW (Health Safety and Wellness)

In this seminar we will be walking you through some of the talking we do when it comes to the design and application of lighting. From trending buzzwords to a spectrum of color terms, we will demonstrate the fascinating way in which our industry is increasingly becoming more intelligent, and this despite the fact that we can’t agree on seemingly simpler things like how we calculate color. We will also look at circadian lighting and what time exposure means, not to mention the impact of flicker and how we should approach glare values pertaining to luminaires.
Plus, we will get into what exactly is driving the increasing relevance of spectral power distribution. Our goal is to walk the walk, talk the talk, and light the light on how complex we have become when it comes to our lexicon of luminary terms.

Learning objectives

  • To explore the relevant terms popping up in the lighting world and how we can leverage them in lighting application
  • To better understand how to evaluate color
  • To compare EML and CS when it comes to circadian lighting and how the terms are similar, but different
  • To examine how glare and flicker contribute to healthful lighting design
  • To strengthen our lighting strategies to best serve the human mind and body by looking at the big picture of the metrics we use.

Michael Simla, B.Eng. – Chief Technology Officer, Lumenwerx
Janine Mighton, LC, MIES – Marketing Strategist, Lumenwerx

Fundamentals of Lighting Fall 2020
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fundamentals of Lighting Fall 2020
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Webinar: Acoustics and Lighting: What is Fact or Fiction?
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

“For the first time ever – the IES Toronto Section is proud to offer a bonus technical
luncheon in December! In appreciation of our loyal and supportive members, and with the gracious support of our presenters, we would like to offer this webinar on Acoustics and Lighting” – Be sure to register today!

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our members, we have decided to offer our Technical Luncheons in an Online format until further notice. To make them as inclusive as possible, we will be offering participation at no charge!

December Technical Luncheon

Acoustics and Lighting: What is Fact or Fiction?

Date: Wednesday, December 16th 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Fee: Free
Accreditation: This webinar is AIA approved.

In this presentation, we offer an overview of how the behavior of sound in architectural spaces can affect us as human beings, and we look into the principals of sound absorption and strategies used to mitigate excessive noise. We scrutinize the systems and units being used to evaluate sound absorption, and we examine the relevance of the NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating. Lastly, we put into question some of the ways acoustic luminaires are being tested and address the challenges of comparing luminaires in the absence of regulatory requirements.

Learning objectives

  1. Achieve an understanding of how sound absorption is determined by a number of factors in an enclosed environment.
  2. Examine the system being offered to measure sound and what to look for or be wary of in sound calculations.
  3. Understand the challenges that come with testing and comparing two luminaires.
  4. Looking into the benefits of sound mitigation to improve human performance.

Michael Simla, B.Eng. – Chief Technology Officer, Lumenwerx
Janine Mighton, LC, MIES – Marketing Strategist, Lumenwerx

Michael Simla is the Chief Technology Officer at Lumenwerx. After he graduated from McGill University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Michael began his professional lighting career with a components manufacturer. As he immersed himself in the discipline and honed his skills, he caught the attention of the soon to be founder of Lumenwerx, Morris Feldman. In 2014, Michael joined the Lumenwerx team at the helm of the Technology division.

Michael’s innovative spirit has contributed greatly to the success of Lumenwerx, which has since been recognized with numerous product awards and accolades. In 2018, Michael was identified as one of the IALD’s celebrated 40 under 40 talents. Beyond his professional pursuits, Michael enjoys the challenges of long-distance running. He successfully completed the Boston Marathon in 2018.

Janine Mighton is the Marketing Strategist at Lumenwerx. Although she began her lighting career as a designer in 2001, she moved to the manufacturing side in 2007 where her interest in the industry grew even stronger. Janine works with several teams in an effort to bring forth relevant and strategic solutions for both product development and intelligent marketing programs. She is extremely passionate and inspired, enjoying a career punctuated by several awards in multiple sectors of the lighting industry, from product design to sales and marketing.

Both Michael and Janine were part of the Lumenwerx team that earned a highly coveted 2020 Red Dot Design Award for Product Design, not to mention a 2020 Product Innovation Award (PIA) for Audia, an acoustic luminaire.

Webinar: Concepts for Creativity and Cohesiveness in Lighting Design
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

IES Section WebinarFee: Free (Virtual on ZOOM)

This presentation will share how designers use concepts for creativity and cohesiveness in their designs. Do you understand strategies to create a design concept? Do you know how that concept can inspire your design solution? Are you bored with the same old solutions? Do you want to put some more spark in your lighting game? A creative concept can provide the inspiration you need to create cohesive lighting designs and augment your work. Come join us to learn strategies for conceiving creative concepts.

Jeanne’s network and collaboration opportunities through IES has been amazing and she can’t wait to share creative concepts from her students, her professional work, and the work of other professionals.

Jeanne Mercer-BallardJeanne Mercer-Ballard is an Associate Professor of Interior Design in the Department of Applied Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, USA. She is a graduate of Iowa State University (BFA) and Cornell University (MA). She is an interior and lighting designer with over thirty years of experience in a variety of project types, mostly restaurant and retail. She is NCIDQ Certified, LC (Lighting Certified – NCQLP), and a LEED A.P. She is a long-time member of IES and an Educator member of IALD. She has practiced design in Chicago, Kansas City, Charlotte, and now the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina through her company, Envi Studio. She completed her internship in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has completed projects in over thirty states and three countries. Her professional work has been published in several books and periodicals. Her teaching and research revolve around her passion for design and culture, lighting design, environmentally-sensitive design, and economically-sensitive design. Her students have won many awards including Eaton SOURCE lighting design awards the past seven years.

Webinar: Going Green – Lighting Design for Horticulture
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The future of food security in Canada is in greenhouses and vertical farms – controlled environments where unseasonable weather is not a concern. There are 17 million square meters of greenhouses in Ontario alone, where supplemental electric lighting at up to 50 watts per square meter provide ample opportunities for horticultural lighting design.

The challenge for professional lighting designers is to effectively communicate with the client, including horticulturalists, farmers, and greenhouse and vertical farm operators. Concepts such as photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), photoperiods, long- and short-day plants, and daily light integrals (DLI) are easy to master, but there is much more. Photomorphogenesis, phototropism, shade avoidance, secondary metabolites, and circadian rhythms are dependent on ultraviolet radiation and visible light from 280 to 800 nm.

Equally useful, professional lighting designers are familiar with climate-based daylight modeling for architectural design. We have the lighting design software tools to predict daylight availability in greenhouses on an hourly basis. With this, we can calculate how much supplemental electric lighting will be needed and how much it will cost to operate throughout the year. In short, our expertise brings considerable value to horticultural lighting design.

Ian AshdownPRESENTER: Ian Ashdown, P. Eng. (Ret.), FIES
Ian Ashdown is Senior Scientist for SunTracker Technologies Ltd. He holds over 150 patents and patent applications related to lighting design and research, and is responsible for the photometric calculation and architectural visualization engines of Lighting Analysts’ AGi32 and ElumTools lighting design software products. He is also Chair of the IES Horticultural Lighting Committee. He is currently developing electric lighting and daylighting design software tools expressly for greenhouses and vertical farms.

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Webinar: Lighting for Circadian Health
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

‘One day we will look at our current lighting, the way we look at smoking now’ – Tony Tjan, Cue Ball Capital.

In the West we have the good fortune of having access to clean drinking water. We take it for granted that when we switch on our faucets, we will be able to use the water and it will be good for our bodies. We trust that the best practices have been employed in the delivery of our water.

Before we knew the importance of clean drinking water, we did not have filtration systems. Water filtration has been responsible for decreasing mortality rates and increasing the average life expectancy of the global population.

Lighting is the singular most important cue to the sleep/wake cycle, which determines the function of every organ in our body, including hormone and chemical secretion. Light is therefore responsible for our mood, physical health and cognitive health, for no other reason, than all living organisms evolved under sunlight, which is dynamic, over millions of years.

The World Health Organization has determined that chronic circadian rhythm disruption is a carcinogenic. Alzheimer’s has been linked to beta-amyloid build up in the brain, something that cannot drain without sleep, and PTSD sufferers are able to improve sleep by increasing sunlight exposure.

There are now thousands of papers to support the need for lighting that emulates sunlight. Simple…..and as with anything simple, the solution is complex.

Learn in this presentation about:

  1. The anatomy of the human eye and how to discern the functional differences between the receptors, with an emphasis on the recently discovered ipRGCs.
  2. Discover what we know today, about how sunlight affects the human body’s circadian rhythms.
  3. Learn about how disruption in our circadian rhythm can negatively affect sleep, immune response and productivity.
  4. Learn about standards and strategies designed to support human health and circadian entrainment.

Speaker: Sarah Morgan
Sarah MorganAn entrepreneur with a fresh perspective on innovation, leveraging a Masters Thesis in LED lighting and Biomimicry and applied commercial manufacturing experience. I am the CEO of Nano-Lit Technologies, a company focused on lighting for health and well being, using Quantum Dots and Advanced Manufacturing. Prior to starting trading, I took two years hiatus from business and lectured in Design for the Space Industry at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where I received an Innovative Teaching Award.

I have served on the New York Board of Directors for the Industrial Design Society of America, Housing Works and the Metropolitan Art Society NY (started by Jackie Onassis).

My first company designed and sold product to the US retail market (Target, QVC, Urban Outfitters). Nano-Lit Technologies leverages my thesis work in LEDs and has resulted in Nano-Lit being hired by AkzoNobel and Mercedes. For two years Nano-Lit carried out R&D in the Naval Yards in Amsterdam, while simultaneously overseeing R&D at Acreo in Sweden, Brunel University UK, Edinburgh University UK, CIDETEC Spain. Three patents pending related to General and Automotive Lighting.

Nano-Lit’s commercial product leverages eight years of research and development focused on:

  • Testing of the top ten Quantum Dot manufacturers’ materials (Cad & Cad Free)
  • Quantum Dot:
    • ink development
    • printing development (3D & 2D), including nano-lithography and capillary printing
    • industrial glass encapsulation
  • control system development for photonic excitation of Quantum Dots
  • improving optical efficiency and coupling of Quantum Dots for lighting and display
  • embedding of Quantum Dots in optical films and relevant chemistries
  • testing Quantum Dots in automotive manufacturing processes
Fundamentals of Lighting Spring Session 2021 @ Virtual ( Online Virtual Link will be sent to Registrants by Email)
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – May 27 @ 9:30 pm
Fundamentals of Lighting Spring Session 2021 @ Virtual ( Online Virtual Link will be sent to Registrants by Email)

Due to COVID 19. This Session will be held Virtually for 10 sessions, once a week on Thursday evening 6:30pm to 8:00pm starting March 25th through May 27th 2021.

Fundamentals of Lighting is an introductory course comprised of 10 full sessions of instructions, quizzes, a final exam, and a project. Fundamentals of Lighting Certificate will be Issued by the IES Toronto Education Section after completion of course work and virtual classroom attendance.

Schedule : 

Module 1 History – Thursday March 25th 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 3 Daylight – Thursday April 1st 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 2 Sources – Thursday April 8th 2021 (6:30pm – 9:30pm)
Module 3 Luminaires – Thursday April 15th 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 5 Controls – Thursday April 22nd 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 6 Photometrics -Thursday April 29th 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 7 Codes – Thursday May 6th 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 8 Design – Thursday May 13th 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 9 Interior – Thursday May 20th 2021 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Module 10 Exterior – Thursday May 27th 2021 (6:30 – 8:00pm)

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Webinar: UV-C Germicidal Products – Regulatory Requirements in Canada
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In the face of a global pandemic, germicidal UV luminaires utilizing a UV-C technology offers a layer of disinfection against bacteria, viruses, and fungal spores. Air and surface disinfection can play an important role in a broad range of applications, such as schools, offices, industry, (food) retail and museums.

UV-C lamps operating at a certain nanometer range have proven to be highly effective at inactivating viruses, bacteria and mold spores. However, humans and animals should not be exposed to germicidal UV-C light at certain wavelengths as it can cause damage to their skin and eyes. Subsequently it is paramount that UV-C products are built with safety in mind.
This presentation will review the products, applications, and regulatory requirements for safe and effective deployment of UV-C disinfection strategies.

Dejan LenasiSPEAKER: Dejan Lenasi, P.Eng., MSc.EE.
Dejan Lenasi has over 20 years experience in the lighting industry and is recognized as a leader in developing harmonized product standards and regulations. He represents Canada as vice chair of TC34D on the International Electrotechnical Commission. A specialist in the Canadian electrical industry, Dejan actively seeks to influence the related performance and safety standards for light sources, luminaires and components for Signify.

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