What is National Engineering Month?
In March 1992, Engineers Canada created National Engineering Month (NEM) as a “celebration of engineering excellence” in Canada. Although many of National Engineering Month’s high profile activities appeal to youth, fundamentally the campaign strives to strengthen bonds within the profession and those of the profession with society.
National Engineering Month (NEM) events are organized and led by volunteers all across Canada, guided by a shared message “there’s a place for you” in engineering and technology. This year, in Ontario, we’re excited to deepen the impact of NEM events by focusing on lifelong learning for post-secondary students and professionals defined by the European Commission as:
“all purposeful learning activity undertaken throughout life with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competencies within a personal, civic, social and/or employment related perspective”
We will support event leaders to run online zoom events designed for learning outcomes. Whether you lead a panel discussion, workshop with skill building components or a networking event, all funded Ontario NEM2021 events will be geared for post-secondary students, professionals in our community and interdisciplinary professionals. All event leaders may apply for up to $500 in funding to cover expenses such as: honoraria for experts, marketing and development costs.
ONTARIO SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is proud to collaborate as a founding partner of National Engineering Month (NEM) Ontario. NEM allows young people to explore engineering career possibilities while discovering their own creativity and problem solving skills. Interactive activities help students connect their education in science, technology engineering and math (STEM) to real world situations, where they can see firsthand how using this knowledge can make a difference.
The impact and reach of NEM continues to grow every year and I look forward to participating in the 2019 activities. None of these incredible events and accomplishments would be possible without the dedicated guidance of the NEM Ontario Steering Committee, the hard work and passion of countless volunteers, the support of our generous sponsors, and the engaged participation of Ontarians who are eager to embrace everything the engineering profession has to offer. Thank you for your commitment to making March a fun and educational month for everyone involved.
Be sure to check out this year’s line-up of events to discover what’s happening in your area and how you can get involved in NEM 2019. Let’s continue to work together to raise awareness about the invaluable contributions that Ontario’s engineers make every day.
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS ONTARIO
Welcome to the National Engineering Month (NEM) Ontario website!
Every March, the provincial and territorial engineering regulators across the country join Engineers Canada in organizing events in support of NEM to generate public awareness on all things engineering. In Ontario, volunteers from PEO’s 36 chapters engage with students throughout the province to showcase the many disciplines of engineering and provide guidance on how and where students might excel within the profession.
The 2018 NEM campaign was extremely successful thanks, in part, to our dedicated volunteers who contributed their time and energy in organizing events across Ontario. My thanks as well to the NEM Ontario Steering Committee for their diligence in overseeing the campaign, highlights of which included:
- Holding 362 in-person NEM events across Ontario and engaging with 39,500 children, teens and adults;
- Reaching nearly 700,000 people through our online presence;
- Expanding innovation funding to include a NEM school kit, engaging 300 teacher organizers; and
- Introducing the Engineering Student Outreach Challenge based on the success of OACETT’s College Student Challenge
I know there are many new and exciting initiatives coming this March so, if you have never attended a NEM event before, I urge you to join us in 2019. I know you will not be disappointed.
Johnny Zuccon, P.Eng., FEC
Interim Registrar, Professional Engineers Ontario
ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS
National Engineering Month (NEM) every March captivates the heart and minds of children, teens and adults across Ontario with a full spectrum of events that spark curiosity and excitement about the growing field of engineering and engineering technology. This March will be no exception with more than 300 NEM-funded events hosted throughout the month to celebrate engineering excellence and inspire the next generation of engineers and engineering technicians and technologists.
We are proud to be apart of this amazingly lively campaign that aims to change public perception of engineering and engineering technology and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those working in the profession. In so many ways the campaign creates authentic moments of celebration and reflection, discussion and exchange, inspiration and togetherness that get our professionals impassioned about what they do and has young people talking about pursuing careers in our field more than ever before.
We know this momentum wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our volunteers, the generous support of our sponsors and the dedication of the NEM Ontario Steering Committee. It is through their enthusiasm and desire to build a strong and vibrant campaign that National Engineering Month continues to reach new heights and motivate young achievers to explore careers in our field.
Collectively, our partners PEO, OSPE and EWB have come together to build a stronger, better campaign using intelligent outreach to spread the message about engineering and engineering technology. A message we know is setting the course for a future of engineering marvels. Over the past four years we have substantially increased the quality and number of events being held in Ontario and found new ways for young people and their parents to learn about the fascinating things we do to make a world of difference.
OACETT will host a record-number of events this March. Our chapters and college students from across Ontario have committed to putting on over 40 events that showcase the talent of engineering and engineering technology professionals and the real-world problems they solve.
We look forward to continuing conversations with young people that challenge stereotypes about the profession and show them there is a place for diverse thinkers in engineering and engineering technology.