Shirley Coyle Assumes Presidency of the IES (2016 – 2017)

 (July 1, 2016)  Today, Shirley Coyle, LC, assumes the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the international leader in lighting education, standards, publications and professional development. Coyle succeeds Mark Roush.

As a fellow Canadian, it gives me great pleasure to write a post that involves the picture of a Canadian flag when we are only days away from celebrating Canada Day. I have had the pleasure of serving with Shirley on the IES Toronto Section Board and I know that she will be a great asset to the organisation. What is not mentioned in the official release is that she has worked tirelessly for many years; not only to raise funds for the IES, but to elevate the art & science of lighting through the development of new education programs and support of new members. I am sure that all of her Canadian colleagues and friends will join me in wishing her a successful and fruitful Presidency.

Coyle is President of Cree Canada, a business unit of Cree, Inc. During her career, she has worked for several international lighting companies and has been Lighting Certified since 2000.

Coyle has been a member of the IES for 31 years and has served in several responsible capacities in the past: President of the Toronto Section, District Chair and Board of Directors. She serves on several IES committees including Roadway Lighting, Outdoor Environmental Lighting, and Street & Area Lighting. Coyle is also a committee member for several CSA Group standards committees on lighting including Roadway and Solid State Lighting.

“The need for a strong and professional IES has never been greater, given the rapid pace of technological change in lighting systems and ongoing research findings on the non-visual effects of light. It’s a privilege to work with my Board colleagues and our excellent IES staff to deliver on the recommendations of the comprehensive Business Review we completed this past year. We are really excited about bringing more value to our passionate volunteers, our general membership, the lighting community, our collaboration partners, and the general public,” said Coyle.

By Julie Allen

01 Jul