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.
FYIC 2017 Organizing Committee