Elvino S. Sousa was born in Graciosa, Açores, and immigrated to Canada in 1970 at the age of 13. He received his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, and the M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1980 and 1982 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985. Since 1986 he has been with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto where he is now the Jeff Skoll Professor in Computer Networks and Innovation. He was a pioneer in cellular system engineering research and in particular CDMA wireless technologies starting in 1983. His current interests are in the areas of broadband wireless systems, smart antenna systems, autonomous infrastructure wireless networks, cognitive radio, self configurable wireless networks, user deployed networks, and cognitive networks. He was the founder of wireless communications at the University of Toronto and is the director of the wireless lab, which has undertaken research in wireless systems for the past 25 years. He has supervised over 40 Masters and Ph.D. students who are now leaders in the wireless communications field both in industry and academia, and is the author of numerous research publications in leading IEEE journals and conferences. He has been invited to give lectures and short courses on spread spectrum, CDMA, and wireless systems in many countries, and has been a consultant to industry and Governments internationally in the area of wireless systems. He was the technical program chair for PIMRC 95, vice-technical program chair for Globecom '99, Co-Technical Program Chair for WPMC 2010 (Recife, Brazil) and for PIMRC 2011 (Toronto, Canada), and has been involved in the technical program committee of numerous international conferences. He has been the editor for various journals in the field of wireless communications. He is a past chair of the IEEE Technical committee on Personal Communications. Over the years he has been involved in several project evaluation panels in the area of Telecommunications, including as chair, for the Portuguese FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Technologia). He has spent sabbatical leaves at Qualcomm and Sony CSL/ATL, where he was the holder of the Sony sabbatical chair. He was the inaugural winner of the IEEE Technical Committee on Personal Communications achievement award for contributions to the field of wireless communications. In 2003 Skills for Change (Toronto) awarded the New Pioneer award in the area of Science and Technology. He has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.