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...

On Saturday, February 4th, 11 teams of two met in the Undergraduate Engineering Society’s (also known as the UES) meeting lounge to participate in the  2nd Annual Charity Euchre Tournament at the University of Western Ontario. This year’s tournament was hosted by Meghan Vissers, the 2016-2017 Charity Commissioner for the UES.

I recently had the chance to interview my friend and fellow Waterloo student, Melissa Buckley. Currently in her third year of Chemical Engineering, Melissa has been involved with ESSCO, CFES, and Waterloo Engineering Society throughout her undergrad. Among other roles, Melissa served as ESSCO VP Communications for 2015-2016 and currently holds the VP Communications position for Waterloo Engineering Society ‘B’. Read on to hear more about her experiences in student politics and advice for other students.

WEW Commissioner Allie Bachtold (right) with Sports Commissioner Danielle Myers (left) with the new WEW Trophy

On Monday, January 16th, the annual Western Engineering Week (WEW) commenced! This event started at 8:30am on the Monday and took place until Friday night. The entire week followed the Battles of Discipline theme. That meant coming out to events and winning competitions which won the respective discipline points! At the end of the week, there was be a grand prize for the winning discipline.

Discipline teams are broken down as follows: Software, Civil, Chemical & Green Process, Integrated & Mechatronics, Mechanical, Electrical & Computer and First Year Students.

I had the opportunity to speak with Allie Bachtold, the current Western Engineering Week Commissioner on Western’s Undergraduate Engineering Society. She is currently in her second year of Integrated Engineering and is very passionate about being involved in the engineering community!

As an engineering student, Ontario and Canada need you more than ever to support innovation, drive change and build a prosperous economy. That’s why the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) makes it a priority to support you by advocating for things like greater investment in research and development and innovation funding programs, which create more co-op and full-time work opportunities upon graduation.

But how does OSPE act as the “voice of the engineering profession in Ontario”?

The answer comes down to one important word – advocacy.

Last week, from January 2-8, over 180 students from over 50 engineering schools travelled to the University of Western Ontario for Congress, an annual conference hosted by the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, also known as the CFES. ESSCO was represented by VP Services, Katie Arnold.

(from left to right) Lucas Brewster, Carlton University, Outgoing VPFA, Anthony Spanic, University of Windsor, Outgoing IT Commissioner, Emma Xie, University of Waterloo, Outgoing Media and Marketing Commissioner, Allyson Francis, University of Waterloo Alumn, Outgoing National Councillor, Erin Hemm, Carleton University, Outgoing Administration Commissioner, Incoming VPFA, Katie Arnold, ESSCO VP Services, Amir Kassit, Conestoga College, Outgoing Ontario Ambassador, Incoming National Councillor, Abby Diemer, University of Windsor, Outgoing Windsor VPX, Incoming Ontario Ambassador, Julia Dalphy, Carleton University, Outgoing National Councillor

jake-peo-sc-2016Recently, I had the privilege to have a chat with Jake Lipohar, an esteemed member of the Carleton engineering community and the former 2015-2016 President of ESSCO, to discuss his contributions to engineering student culture. A fifth-year undergraduate student of Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering with a structural specialization, Jake has been extremely involved with engineering student societies both locally and provincially throughout his five years at Carleton.

In school, you absorb copious amounts of information. However, the majority of the learning that happens in university comes from outside the classroom. This year, for the first time, ESSCO will be exploring Engineering education quality across the province. Some topics of investigation include teaching methods, extracurricular support, scheduling of classes, lab quality, mental health, methods of evaluation, diversity, culture, and student experience as a whole.

On October 29, 2016 Waterloo Engineering students took a trip with a bus in a rather unusual fashion. October 29, marked the 40th University of Waterloo Charity Bus, a longstanding Waterloo Engineering tradition which has happened annually since 1977 with the aim of raising money for charity. This year the goal was to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation collecting sponsors before and during the difficult 6.5km pull which saw 14 brave engineering students pull the bus from the University of Waterloo to downtown Kitchener.

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The contingent of Waterloo Engineers get a brief break from pulling the bus as gravity takes over on one of the routes many hills. This year the mild weather was welcomed over the rain, ice and snow of previous years.

This year’s Professional Engineers Ontario Student Conference (PEO-SC) was hosted at Carleton University from November 4th-6th. Around 60 delegates met in Ottawa, coming in from across Ontario, for a weekend of professional development, networking, and discover of the engineering profession. The theme of the conference was The Power of the P.Eng., and featured speakers from PEO, Yellow Pages, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC), Erica Lee Consulting, Carleton University, and the Change Lab.

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(left to right) Dakota Plant (VP Finance and Administration), Katie Arnold (VP Services), Jocelyn Lee (VP Communications), Mike Lavdas (President), Jake Lipohar (Co-Chair), and Alex Whitlock (Co-Chair)

Last Wednesday, October 26th, ESSCO executives travelled to Toronto to attend Queen’s Park Day Reception. The reception was hosted shortly after The Government Relations Conference (a joint PEO and OSPE conference), where ESSCO President Michael Lavdas attended and gave a speech on student engagement in policy decision making. At Queen’s Park Day, members of Parliament met with representatives from PEO, OSPE, and university students throughout Ontario, with the goal of discussing the relationship between engineering and policy making.

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(left to right) Dakota Plant (VP Finance and Administration), Michael Lavdas (President), Katie Arnold (VP Services), and Jocelyn Lee (VP Communications)

Over the past month, ESSCO Executives have been accepting and reviewing applications for directorship positions. This year, five directorship positions needed to be filled: the Director of the ESSCO Fund, Director of Student Affairs, Director of Diversity, Director of Outreach, and Director of Website Security. More detailed information about the directorship positions can be found on the ESSCO website.

The 2017 Sunnybrook Research Prize is a prize which recognizes excellence in undergraduate biomedical research. Undergraduate students get a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize for the best project. [gview file="http://www.essco.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2017-Sunnybrook-Research-Prize-Poster.pdf"] The competition is open to third- and fourth-year students studying physical sciences or engineering at a Canadian University. The application deadline is Nov. 25, 2016. More details about the competition can be found here: sunnybrook.ca/research/studentprize The top 10 finalists will be invited to present their research in Toronto on Jan. 6, 2017 to...