Canadian National Committee of the CIE

Welcome to our website. The CNC/CIE is the collective Canadian voice of people interested in the science and art of light and lighting. Membership is open to anyone interested in any aspect of lighting including vision, photometry, colorimetry, photobiology and the application of these to the use of light and lighting both indoors and out. For further information on the CNC/CIE go to About the CNC. For a list of our recent events see our Activities page.

As part of its mandate, the CNC/CIE supports the Standards Council of Canada by providing the core of the membership of the Canadian mirror committee to ISO/TC 274 – Light and Lighting. ISO/TC 274 is responsible for standardization in the field of application of lighting in specific cases complementary to the work items of the CIE and the coordination of drafts standards from the CIE. For further information on ISO/TC 274 see About ISO/TC 274 or visit the ISO website.


2021 Annual Meeting 

The 66th annual business meeting of the CNC/CIE was held virtually on November 19th, 2021  The agenda, officers' reports and division reports can be found here. The meeting was preceded by a joint virtual Technical Conference with the Council for Optical Radiation Measurements (CORM) and the CIE-USNC. Presentations from the conference should be available shortly. 

President-elect of the CIE

The CNC/CIE is please to announce that Dr. Jennifer Veitch has been appointed as President-elect of the CIE for the period 2021-2023. At the Quadrennial meeting in 2023, she will take on the role of President of the CIE for the period 2023-2027.

Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 274 News

2021 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 274 was held as part of the CNC/CIE Annual Meeting.

Local Light and Lighting Events

AIC Midterm Meeting 2022, Toronto, Canada

The Colour Research Society of Canada will be hosting the 2022 Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association (AIC)  June 13–16, 2022.

The theme, Sensing Colour, offers a great breadth of opportunity for participants from diverse disciplines and modes of inquiry to contribute to colour awareness and knowledge in an interdisciplinary forum. It highlights how colour offers itself to us, in what ways it approaches and engages us, affecting our awareness, and harnessing our attention. In so many diverse ways, and through so many different lenses, colour is being studied as an influential shaper of human experience.

Through all our senses and faculties – through intellectual, cultural and material ways of knowing and feeling – we seek to observe and utilize the remarkable and mysterious energy of colour, whether material or immaterial, whether conceptual or practical, sociological or biological, natural or technological.

The Call for Papers for this meeting is now available. It, along with further details on the meeting, can be found at The deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to 24 January 2022.

CIE News

Call for Experts

CIE has over 70 Technical Committees (TCs) working on new reports and international standards. A brief description of each TC is available under CIE Technical Committees. If you have expertise to contribute to any of these, especially the new ones shown below, you can apply for membership by sending a completed CIE TC Membership form and CIE Copyright Agreement form  to the relevant TC Chair, with a copy to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the CNC/CIE Secretariat. Please note that all Canadian members of TCs must be or become members of the CNC/CIE.

TC 2-95: Measurement of obtrusive light and sky glow
TC 2-96: Revision of ISO/CIE 19476: 2014 Characterization of the performance of illuminance meters and luminance meters
TC 3-59: The integration of daylight and electric lighting
TC 3-60: Spectral Daylight Characteristics
TC 8-18: Guidelines for Definition and Evaluation of High Dynamic Range Images and Image Sequences

As well, there is a call for additional experts to CIE JTC 6 (CIE-ISO), Energy Performance of Lighting in Buildings. All those who are expert not only in energy performance of lighting in buildings, but also in daylighting, integration of daylight-electric light and light control systems are welcomed to apply to join this JTC. Interested Canadians can apply to the CIE or to the Canadian Mirror Committee of TC274.

In addition to Technical Committee, you are encouraged to participate in CIE Research Fora (RFs). RFs exist to facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange and research on a scientific topic or research area where there is insufficient completed scientific work to support the work of a CIE Technical Committee. Currently the CIE has three RFs:

RF-01: Spectral Imaging
RF-02: Matters relating to temporal light modulation
RF-03: Matters related to Colour Rendition

CIE Publications

One key activity of the CIE is the publication of technical and scientific work in the form of Technical Reports, International Standards, and Technical Notes. Technical Notes are freely available. Technical Reports and International Standards can be purchased through the CIE Web Shop. Summaries of recent publications, including links to recent Technical Notes, can be found under New Publications.

In addition to formal publications, the CIE Board of Administration will, from time to time, issue Position Statements. Summaries of recent CIE Position Statements can be found here.

Members of the CNC/CIE are reminded that they are able to get a discount on all CIE publications. The latest discount code, effective December 2020, is currently available in the members only area under Publication Discount Code. To log in, go to CNC/CIE Members. If you do not have access, please contact the CNC/CIE Secretariat.

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