There are plenty of opportunities for engineering students in Ontario to network professionally and to have their voices heard. Check out some of the upcoming events being hosted available to students. PEO Queen’s Park Day The PEO will be hosting its 8th annual Queen’s Park Reception for MPPs in Queen’s Park, Toronto on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. The ESSCO Executive as well as representatives from many ESSCO schools will be in attendance to reflect the interests on engineering students in Ontario to...

Engineering Society Executive teams from around Ontario began arriving in Guelph on the evening of Friday September 12 for the annual ESSCO conference, President’s Meeting. This year the conference was hosted by students from the University of Guelph under the theme “Building Multifaceted Communities.” Engineering students are a group of people with many different skills and interests. The goal of an Engineering Society is to create and support a multifaceted community, one as diverse as the students it represents. The...

As Orientation Weeks around Ontario come to a close, thousands of incoming first year engineering students are beginning to get into the swing of university and college life. The first few days at a new school, and possibly in a new city can be incredibly intimidating. It is for this reason that Orientation Week is such an important part of the post-secondary experience. Every school has their own traditions and events, making every engineering Orientation Week unique. However, they all...

Since the start of our term, the Executive team has begun reviewing all of ESSCO’s services and evaluating what benefits it provides to its members. The purpose of this is to ensure that we are functioning as efficiently as possible, and ensuring that membership to ESSCO does provide value. As part of this evaluation, our current President, Liam Morrow, spoke with the first ever ESSCO President, Jeff Calvert. The following conversation took place to gain some insight into what the...

On August 6, 2014, the ESSCO Executive Team met with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) at their Toronto office. The PEO is responsible for regulating the practice of professional engineering in Ontario and partners with ESSCO for various events and initiatives throughout the year. Together, we work to help develop leadership and networking skills among engineering students. The purpose of the meeting was to personally meet and establish a working relationship with representatives from the PEO and Brown & Cohen, with...

The streets were full of excitement on June 29 during WorldPride 2014 hosted in Toronto. McMaster student, Adam Moniz, was among a larger group of enthusiastic engineering students who all came out to the event to show their support. "The McMaster EngiQueers took a group of students down to Toronto for WorldPride 2014. Since we officially formed our group near the end of the school year, we thought this would be a great way to start things off. We were...

The Ontario Engineering Competition Advisory Board (OECAB) is now looking for 3 students to sit on the Board as representatives. The Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) is an annual competition hosted by a different accredited engineering school in Ontario every year. Competitors are challenged with tasks related to engineering design, communications, consulting, debate and programming. Winners then move on to compete at a national level at the Canadian Engineering Competition. This year's OEC is being hosted at Ryerson University on February...

The Engineering Student Societies' Council of Ontario (ESSCO) made it a priority to address the quality of engineering student leadership at its Annual General Meeting. Over the course of the three-day conference hosted by McMaster University, incoming Engineering Society executive members had the opportunity to attend professional development sessions and share leadership best practices. The result: positive change. Given the past year’s orientation week incidents and subsequent investigations of a variety of student organizations across Canada, and other unrelated leadership difficulties...

Engineering brief: Design something that solves a problem The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries worldwide. We’re looking for product concepts or ideas that solve a real problem, either designed from a university project of designed in the entrant’s own time. The best entries will demonstrate the iterative design process and include sketches, images of models, prototypes and videos. Who? Any university-level student in an engineering, industrial design or product design program (or graduates within 4 years...

The Women in Science in Engineering conference organizers have kindly asked us to share the following event with you. The conference will be this weekend, and over 200 delegates are expected to attend. Tickets are on sale here for $6.99. Please see the blurb below! The WISE National Conference is back this year and will be held on March 22nd and 23rd. This year's conference features fireside chats on Entrepreneurship, Technology, Renewable Energy and Social Media and Innovation. These will...

FYIC took place this year in the capital city of Ottawa, hosted by Carleton University. The conference kicked off on Friday February 7th as over 80 first-years and head delegates arrived from all over Ontario to convene for a weekend of leadership development. They were quickly introduced to ESSCO and CFES, and were encouraged to befriend one another as these were ultimately the future leaders with whom they would share executive positions in upcoming years. A brand new twist that ESSCO...

It has been a busy fall term for the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO), including active discussion with student representatives, and highly active representation with the PEO, OSPE, and the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering. The product of this work will be evident through National Engineering Month and other public engineering outreach initiatives. It will also be apparent to engineering students through outreach on the topic of new accreditation requirements that affect all engineering students within a...

The impact that engineers have on society is absolutely enormous. As a speaker pointed out at tonight’s event, engineers have designed, built, or else technically (and sometimes non-technically) influenced just about everything we see, and even that which we don’t see---below us, far above us, and in the air. In North America though, and in Ontario in particular, the engineer is not as well known for having a political influence. Rather, lawyers, economists, business-folk, and many others are elected to...

Each ESSCO Executive member takes on a conference as their own each year. What this entails is liaising with and supporting the host school as they plan the event, and organizing conference content. President’s Meeting (PM) was my “baby”, and it was quite an amazing experience. First and foremost, I should make it clear that President’s Meeting ran smoothly and efficiently from a logistical standpoint (thanks Laurentian EngSoc), and a lot of content was a success (a huge shout out to...

On August 14th, 2013, the ESSCO Exec met with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for discussions on the Student Membership Program, Engineering and Public Policy, and Government Liaison. After speaking with representatives from PEO, OCEPP and Brown & Cohen, we brought back the following that we found relevant for you. 1) PEO runs an information delivery system called the Student Membership Program (SMP). It is a service for the benefit of students that keeps engineering undergraduates informed about the next steps toward...