Why should I give a flying ESSCO about Conferences?

Melissa Buckley - VP Communications
Posted on: January 28, 2017

Hello there reader! You may have noticed I used the word “ESSCO” to fill in for h*ck in my very engaging headline this week. So what’s ESSCO? ESSCO is the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario, and all the engineering schools on Ontario have a vote on ESSCO’s council. They exist to facilitate the sharing of best practices between schools and advocate for engineering student issues on a provincial level. The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) provides similar services between engineering schools on the national level.

Why does the Waterloo Engineering Society send students to conferences?

Well, the Waterloo Engineering Society believes that conferences greatly benefit the individuals who attend and our society as a whole. By meeting with peers from other engineering societies, delegates are able to bring improvements back to our own Engineering Society. This network continues to be beneficial as our society aims to foster diversity, create meaningful events, and ensure effective role transitioning. Additionally, the Waterloo Engineering Society is able to influence the engineering undergraduate experience on a much larger scale by being part of provincial and national meetings.

These are the 5 annual conferences you can apply to attend through the Waterloo Engineering Society:

ESSCO First Year Integration Conference (FYIC)

FYIC is a leadership development conference for first-year students looking to get more involved in their respective engineering societies. First years participate develop their leadership potential and learn ways that they can improve their own engineering societies.

ESSCO Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The focus of this conference is leadership development and the sharing of best practices. This is achieved by having external speakers and ESSCO alumni run sessions for delegates.

ESSCO Professional Engineers Ontario – Student Conference (PEO-SC)

PEO-SC is a professional development conference that introduces delegates to the work of PEO and the benefits of obtaining a P.Eng license. Delegates are exposed to the licensing process discuss the future of the engineering profession in Ontario.

CFES Congress

Congress is the annual general meeting of the CFES. Congress is a great opportunity to engage engineering student leaders from every institution and field of engineering, as well as industry partners and sponsors. For more information, you can check out Tiffany’s article about the latest Congress, which took place at the beginning of January.

CFES Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE)

CDE aims to encourage discussion and collaboration between engineering students and professionals around the theme of diversity in engineering. Students attending CDE will hear from talented speakers who share their experience on how to embrace diversity to address the complex, interdisciplinary problems of society.

Want to know more? Check out our new conference website uwengconferences.ca, where you can find how to apply, some FAQs and read blog posts from some of our delegates who attended the CFES Congress!

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