This year, as VP Communications, it is my goal to have weekly blog posts. Having more articles enables ESSCO's member schools to learn more about each other, and increases the visibility of ESSCO. Successful applicants will write 1-2 articles throughout the year, and assist in contacting different clubs and people from their schools for information to write articles. To complete an application to be a blogger for ESSCO's website, fill out the form here: Blogger Application...

[caption id="attachment_3670" align="alignright" width="300"] Windsor's Delegation[/caption] This year’s ESSCO Annual General Meeting was hosted by Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario from May 26th-29th. Engineering Society Presidents, VP Externals, and students from across Ontario arrived in Kitchener on Thursday to prepare for a weekend full of member learning, leadership development, and sharing of best practices. Students arrived on Thursday evening for a night of socializing before a busy weekend of sessions. In total, there were 24 sessions running over two days. On Friday morning, students travelled...

ESSCO conferences are a great opportunity for engineering students to interact and make valuable professional connections, and can have a great impact on engineering student issues. ESSCO is proud to facilitate its 4 annual conferences: Annual General Meeting (AGM), Presidents Meeting (PM), PEO-Student Conference (PEO-SC), and the First Year Integration Conference (FYIC). In addition to these conferences, ESSCO executives and the council of engineering society executives attend teleconferences once a month to continue developing projects and stances on student advocacy...

ESSCO's First Year Integration Conference (FYIC), took place this past weekend, February 5th to 7th at Ryerson University. Over 90 First Year Engineering students were chosen from schools across the province to come to Toronto for a weekend of professional and leadership development in Toronto. The idea of FYIC is to engage future leaders in their first year of engineering and equip them with the skills to excel in their own student societies and beyond. The theme of this year's...

This year’s PEO Student Conference was hosted by the University of Ottawa with the theme “the sustainable thought.” Around 70 student leaders from across Ontario had the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers and professional engineers about how they have combined sustainability with their other passions and careers. Students arrived in the capital on Friday evening for a night of socializing before the busy weekend. On Saturday morning students travelled to the university of Ottawa campus for a day...

Engineers have always loved to showcase their spirit, and overalls have been a long-standing tradition in engineering. At engineering schools, they have quickly evolved into fun and unique ways for engineering students showcase their school spirit and unique interests. Coveralls, or "covies", as they are affectionately referred to by many engineers, are the go-to attire for casual evenings at any of ESSCO's 4 annual conferences. They are also popular for some schools Engineering Society meetings and events, or just comfortable...

This year’s ESSCO President’s Meeting took place in Toronto from September 18th to 20th. Engineering Society President’s and VP Externals from across Ontario arrived in Toronto on the Friday and began organizing themselves for a weekend of work. Saturday consisted of a giant powwow/brainstorming session, where council sat down in a Ryerson classroom (thanks again Ryerson!) for the entire day, powering through policy and discussing new ideas. ESSCO strives to promote the sharing of best practices, and these sessions are always...

As Engineering students across Ontario complete their Orientation Weeks, school spirit is higher than ever. A big part of engineering spirit among our member schools is their Engineering Mascots. Schools have adopted a variety of mascots and over time they have become both engineering symbols and traditions. Each schools mascot is different and represents their faculties pride and "enginuity". Mascots themselves or a schools "mini-mascot" like to make appearances at ESSCO conferences. Our member schools have always enjoyed pulling spirited...

The University of Waterloo is proud to be hosting the 37th annual Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC), held from January 29-31, 2016. This 3-day competition sees approximately 300 of the province’s brightest student minds come together to face off in 7 unique competitions - Junior Design, Senior Design, Programming, Consulting, Engineering Communications, Debates, and Innovative Design. Each competing team has had to win their university’s qualifier in order to advance to OEC. They will demonstrate their design skills, creativity, and...

Engineering students filled the streets of Toronto once again at this years annual Pride Parade on June 28th. Engineers were excited to show their support and were proud to march on such an historic weekend. Just two days before the parade, The United States Supreme Court ruled to guarantee the right for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states, making it the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Universities from across Ontario bused their students to the...

This year’s Annual General Meeting was hosted by The University of Windsor. AGM introduces the new council of VP externals to ESSCO as well as each other and their new role on council. Over 70 delegates from ESSCO’s 14 member schools came for a weekend of workshops and professional development. The theme of this conference was Keeping Traditions Alive which included sessions on continuing the positive traditions within Engineering and even starting your own. The Annual General...

Every March, thousands of engineers and engineering students from across the country participate in National Engineering Month (NEM). NEM is Canada's largest celebration of the profession, giving young Canadians the opportunity to learn about the exciting, fun, and rewarding world of engineering. During the month, the profession strives to reach out to youth and teach them about what it means to be an engineer. Being such a broad field, there are so many disciplines and skill sets involved, which is...

December 6, 1989, 14 women at the University of Montreal’s École Polytechnique lost their lives at the hands of an enraged gunman. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic event, commonly known as the “Montreal Massacre.” Among the 28 people who were shot, 12 female engineering students, many of whom were in their final year of study, were killed. One of the reasons that made this tragedy particularly shocking was the deliberate intention of separating the female students from...

The PEO's annual Queen's Park Reception took place this past Wednesday, November 5, attracting many professional engineers, politicians, and the province's top engineering organizations. The theme this year, Protecting Public Safety, focused on the engineer's commitment to public safety through the improvement of engineering standards in legislature. This was an opportunity to reflect on the events of Elliot Lake, where a mall collapse ended in tragedy as a result of preventable mistakes. An engineer must be committed to the quality...