Michael Lavdas


I am currently on internship at Trudell Medical International between my third and fourth year of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and the President of ESSCO! My personal goals include a career in medical devices and I currently have two publications in the surgical robotics field. I have been heavily involved in the Engineering community at Western over the past few years as an Orientation Leader (Soph), the Vice President of External Affairs and a member of a several different clubs.

There are a series of goals I’ll be pursuing over and above the Strategic Plan including the implementation of the student affairs directorship which will facilitate a survey of issues affecting undergraduate engineering students across Canada. The results of this survey will become the basis of our redoubled advocacy initiatives with the goal of creating tangible improvement in the quality of engineering skills and student life for the students of our member schools.

Feel free to contact me with any initiatives, questions or concerns you have at president@essco.ca. Your input helps me guide this organization in the most positive way possible!



Jocelyn Lee

VP Communications

I am in my second year of Civil Engineering and Society at McMaster University, and I am so excited to be working with this year’s ESSCO executive team as the Vice President Communications. I am originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, but I am currently living in Hamilton for school. Having just finished my first year at McMaster, I have become involved with the McMaster Engineering Society, and various clubs and committees. Currently, I am in the role of AVP Administration, on the McMaster Engineering Competition Committee and McMaster Advertising Committee, and Director of the Global Engineering Certificate at McMaster’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter. My goals this year are to increase the frequency of news articles on the ESSCO website and work towards creating more content on diversity for conferences. I’m extremely excited to be taking on the role and hope to promote and better our engineering community!




Dakota Plant

VP Services

I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student from Ryerson University, and this year I will be working with ESSCO as the Vice President Finance and Administration. Coming from the small town of Perth Ontario, Toronto has given me a much larger view of the world, which I enjoy to apply to my learning. In my time at Ryerson I have had the chance to be involved in a multitude of positions. I have been an orientation leader since 2013, Vice President External for the Ryerson Engineering Student Society, and just having fun. I will be working towards a more streamlined financial record for ESSCO to guarantee the funds will be in the right place! ESSCO should be something that every engineering student is aware of as it is the force of change in Ontario. On my down time I enjoy drawing and being a nerd, as well as helping out my peers!




Katie Arnold

VP Services

I am going into my second year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I’ve been a member of council for Waterloo B Society since my first term at Waterloo, and I’m very excited to be a member of the ESSCO executive as Vice President Services for the 2016-2017 year. My goals for this year include developing the scope of our outreach initiatives and conferences. I’m originally from the Ottawa Valley, and am thoroughly excited by the opportunities available to me in the Waterloo Region. This fall I am an Engineering Orientation Leader, and am incoming VP Operations and Finance for Waterloo B, and I’m attending ground school at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre.