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Conferences are a great opportunity to learn something new, whether it’s technical, professional or about a specific topic there’s something for everyone! If you have questions about any conference opportunities or how to sign up for these exciting experiences please email the VP External at .
The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students is made of 45 schools in 4 regions; Western Region, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic.
The mission of the CFES is skill development, student representation and sharing information amongst the member schools. There are many professional and student partners that the CFES has made in order to help us gain knowledge as well as advocate for our students. The connections span from Engineering student societies in the United States and Europe, to organizations such as Engineers Canada and Engineering Change lab.
The CFES also has working groups in order to conduct research so that we have quantifiable information to help us communicate the needs of our student body. These working groups include sustainability, international, bilingual and corporate.
Some examples of advocacy that CFES is working on is mental health, co-op programs, teaching quality and accreditation and some of these important issues are discussed at conferences hosted by the CFES in addition to hosting competitions that are excellent learning opportunities. These conferences and competitions include: Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE), Congress, Conference on Sustainability in Engineering (CSE), Canadian Engineering Competition, and Lean Six Sigma
As the CFES has a lot of connections with professional, academic and international partners they really contribute to how we can advocate for important issues.
Engineering Student Societies Council of Ontario (ESSCO) is comprised of 16 member schools from across Ontario. McMaster is a member school which allows us to participate in conversations and direct ESSCO throughout the year on issues that are important to our students.
The conversations and events hosted by ESSCO focus on advocacy and services. ESSCO works diligently to advocate to many bodies such as engineering faculty deans, the government, and the PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) on topics such as mental health, fee changes, EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) and accreditation qualification requirements.
The services include awesome things such as conferences and competitions! Conferences are an excellent way to gain new skills, share ideas between schools and make connections with organizations that support engineers such as the PEO (professional engineers of Ontario) and OSPE (Ontario society of professional engineers). Competitions are a fun way to showcase many different skills alongside the best in the province!
The conferences and competitions ESSCO hosts are: FYIC (First Year Integrated Conference) , AGM (annual general meeting), PM (presidents meeting), PEOSC (professional Engineers Ontario- Student Conference) , OEC (Ontario Engineering Competition) and ESSCO sports tournaments (for example hockey and Esports).
WHAT ARE CONFERENCES?
Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE)
Early November, Western University
As the title suggests, this thematic conference focuses on EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) such as the importance of women in engineering, how we can make our everyday terminology more inclusive and other important discussion surrounding issues that face engineering students.
Conference on Sustainability in Engineering (CSE)
End of February, University of Waterloo
The conference aims to raise awareness about issues in sustainability and environmental engineering, and allows students from across the country to discuss how they can tackle it within their engineering career and everyday life.
Early January, University of Alberta
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of topics from many different view points. From industry partners and sponsors sharing ways to improve personal and professional skills to fellow students having in-depth discussions about important topics this is a conference to gain knowledge and share ideas with peers and professionals alike.
ESSCO Annual General Meeting (AGM)
End of January, McMaster University
The focus of this conference is leadership development and the sharing of best practices. This is achieved by having external speakers and previous ESSCO alumni run sessions and speak to delegates. The ESSCO Executives for the next year are elected at ESSCO AGM, and the ESSCO Executive and VPs External of member schools set the direction of the organization.
Professional Engineers Ontario- Student Conference (ESSCO PEO-SC)
Mid-September, Carlton University
This conference is geared towards students who will be entering the working field soon with information about a variety of different career he work of the PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) and the benefits of getting the P.Eng and more inspiring information that will help you put the right foot forward as a future engineer.
First Year experiential Conference (FYEC)
End of October, McMaster University
FYEC is an opportunity for first year students in the Faculty of Engineering to learn about all the amazing resources and opportunities available to them in one convenient location. Events will include everything from presentations by ECCS, clubs and teams, the Canadian Federation of Engineering students to mental wellness and how to thrive during your time at McMaster.
For any questions about FYEC, contact
First Year Integrated Conference (FYIC)
An amazing opportunity for first years to get informed about and involved in all the things that engineering student societies have to offer. From learning what ESSCO (Engineering Student Societies council of Ontario) and CFES (canadian federation of engineering students) do to getting to know other awesome first years this is truly a great experience!