Ivan Fair received his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Alberta in 1985 and 1989 respectively, and his PhD degree from the University of Victoria in 1995. He was employed with Bell Northern Research Ltd. from 1985 to 1987, and with MPR TelTech Ltd. from 1989 to 1991, working on various aspects of communication system design and implementation. In 1995 he joined the Technical University of Nova Scotia (since amalgamated with Dalhousie University) as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor before joining the University of Alberta in 1998, where he is now a Professor. From 2001–2004 he was the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and Acting Director of Computer Engineering in ECE. From 2002–2005 he was an associate editor for IEEE Communications Letters. From 2014-2015 he was the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and in addition, a member of the Board of Examiners of APEGGA. He was appointed Interim Chair of ECE from September 2015 - June 2017. As of July 1, 2017, Ivan Fair is the Department Chair for a five-year term.