On February 3rd, first year students from across Ontario met in Ottawa for ESSCO’s First Year Integration Conference (FYIC). The conference is a leadership development conference for first year students looking to increase their involvement within their engineering societies.
Students arrived on Friday night for a social night skating on the Canal and Winterlude. Saturday morning consisted of sessions at the University of Ottawa Campus. Sessions included ESSCO presented by Mike Lavdas, CFES by Amir Kiasat, Fake It ‘Till you Make It by Melissa Buckley, Tactical Communication by Mike Lavdas, Diversity in Engineering by Hana Anis, Public Speaking 101 by Paul Lee, IEEE, PEO by Tracey Caruana, and OSPE.
The Keynote Speaker, Hanan Anis, holds an NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design, is the coordinator of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering, and is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa. In her presentation, she addressed getting involved and the importance of involvement at universities. Anis included a question and answer panel consisting of upper year and graduate students, who explained the impact that engagement has had in their university careers.
Sunday consisted of more sessions, and plenary. Main topics of discussion were updating the role of the Ontario Ambassador to be included into ESSCO policy, working groups, and engineering accreditation. Updates were given by ESSCO executives, including discussions on the survey, the ESSCO fund, ESSCO Website update, and Essay contest that ESSCO is hosting in partnership with PEO.
FYIC 2017 was a successful weekend of introducing first year engineering students to ESSCO, and other engineering organizations. The conference stressed the importance of getting involved, with sessions that were extremely informative.
Thank you to Viran Daluwatte and his organizing committee (Danika Montpetit, Yanushka Gnanamuttu, Thomas L’anglais, Guillaume Leblond, and Paul Lee), session presenters, delegatesand the University of Ottawa Engineering Society for organizing such a successful conference.
Special thanks to the Waterloo Engineering Society for help in writing this article.
Author: Jocelyn Lee
I’m this year’s VP Communications for ESSCO. I am in my second year of Civil Engineering and Society at McMaster University. My goals this year are to encourage more student involvement and work towards making ESSCO more known to engineering students!