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February 2014

ACEC Reaches Out to Engineering Students


André Morin of exp Services Inc. was a volunteer at the CFES Congress where he spoke with students about a rewarding career in the consulting engineering industry.

ACEC supports the development of consulting engineering’s future leaders through a partnership with the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES). It is a partnership that enables knowledge transfer and benefits ACEC as we strive to increase the availability and skills development of leaders for consulting engineering firms. CFES provides a direct link to our industry’s future talent.

ACEC sponsors two important annual student events: the CFES Congress, and the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC). Both events are organized through CFES and hosted by a university.

ACEC also raises students' awareness of a career in consulting engineering through our annual Engineering Student YouTube Contest. Now in its 4th year, the contest requires that engineering students visit to learn more about a career in consulting engineering and make a short video about the sector.

CFES Congress

The 2014 Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) Congress was held January 5-11 and was hosted by the Université de Sherbrooke. The event was well attended by students from engineering schools across Canada.  ACEC President John Gamble was invited to make a presentation about effective advocacy geared towards young professionals. The session was titled GR 101: How and When to Speak Out. For the Congress career fair, Mr. Gamble was joined by André Morin, P.Eng., from exp Services Inc. who represented the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec. Mr. Morin volunteered his time to help share the message about a rewarding career in the consulting engineering industry.

About the Congress

Canadian Engineering Competition

ACEC will also participate in the upcoming Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC), hosted by Western University, March 13-16. One hundred and fifty students from across Canada will compete in a number of categories ranging from design to re-engineering. ACEC President John Gamble will once again participate as a judge for the extemporaneous debate competition.

About the CEC

ACEC’s 2014 Engineering Student YouTube Contest

ACEC’s Engineering Student YouTube Contest ran from December 17 to February 2. Overall, submissions were of the highest quality to date, which made the task of ACEC’s Student Outreach Advisory Group all the more difficult. One reviewer noted “These are all winners! I hate having to choose.”

But choose they did. The 2014 contest winner is David Mitchell, an electrical engineering student from the University of Waterloo. Congratulations David!

Commenting on the winning video, a reviewer said “I thought that David Mitchell’s [video] was very clever and was different than the others as he put himself on camera more and personalized the video in an effective way.”

For his winning effort, David will receive an iPad Air and is invited to attend the Consulting Engineers of Ontario Awards Gala in April where he will have the opportunity to meet consulting engineering leaders.

Watch David’s winning entry “Why you should be a Consulting Engineer

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