Welcome back, everyone! Lots of exciting things have happened since my last report. In September the Engineering Student Societies Council of Ontario (ESSCO) met in Collingwood for the annual President’s meeting—the VP X’s all get to go, too. The high points of the meeting included: a presentation by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) about student membership; the presentation of the ESSCO budget and the newly formed Lobby Information Acquisition Committee gave a report.
OPSE is a new society formed by engineers looking to further the professional and economic interests of engineers in Ontario. OSPE has created a student membership program that includes a Career Centre that could help you find a job and the EngineersFirst Program (which gets you deals on PC’s, cell phones and other stuff). Visit www.students.ospe.on.ca to find out more about OSPE’s mandate and how you can benefit, or come see me in the Orifice.
In November, we sent two delegates to the annual Women In Engineering Conference held by Queen’s University. There were a lot of ideas presented and I am very excited about the WIE activities in the coming term. There will be a WIE whine and cheese event on February 27.
But by far the biggest event has been the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students Congress. Students from across Canada met in Sasketoon to share ideas about events and policies. We also vote on the locations of CEC 2005 (Calgary) and Congress 2005 (Toronto). A new national executive is elected, as well as the Board of Directors for CEC, Congress and Project Magazine (the CFES magazine). Waterloo rose to the challenge—we had four students elected: Jon Fishbein, CFES BoD; Jeff Henry, ProMag BoD; Justin Bishop, Congress BoD; and I was elected to the VP Ontario Region position. Besides all the important work we accomplished, we had a lot of fun. We attended hospitality suites (parties) hosted by each region in Canada and got a taste of local culture. Ask your VPI for more details.
CFES has been expanding and updated its services over the last year and there are a few things you can take advantage of: CFES Cafe, cfescafe.ca (has a career centre) and Complimentary Education Courses for a start. If you want to be involved, visit cfes.ca or ask me how.
Until next time,