On September 15th the ESSCO student representatives met with the Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) Advisory Board Executive members including Chair Kevin Shipley, Treasure Stephanie Shaw, Secretary Dan Roth and the Board Appointees. The role of the board is to oversee the regulations of the OEC, approve and suggest specific competitions, and ensure the level of quality displayed at the event stays in high standing. The conference opened with the only bid for the 2014 Ontario Engineering Competition from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The school was proven a great location for the OEC by two undergraduate students who presented the countless resources the school has to offer and their commitment to the major event. UOIT was thrilled to be chosen as the 2014 host. McMaster University, the host of the 2013 OEC, then continued with an update on their standing for this year’s event involving sponsorship and other competition details. The event is scheduled to take place on the first weekend in February. The meeting concluded on a note that the number of bids received to hold the OEC in the future has been decreasing year by year. The upcoming goal is to increase this number by raising awareness to students and staff of Ontario Universities about the valuable experience gained from hosting such an event.

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