Below are some frequently asked questions about National Engineering Month Ontario events.

What is National Engineering Month?

During the month of March, across Canada, the engineering and technology community lead events to celebrate and support one another. In Ontario, there are typically hundreds of events during National Engineering Month (NEM) with thousands of participants. The theme for #NEM2022 is lifelong learning. 


Where are NEM events held?

Given the reality of COVID-19, we don’t want to jeopardize anyone’s safety so we are moving online using the NEM Ontario Zoom account. A schedule for NEM 2022 with links will be posted by mid-January, so check back soon to see the events and register.

How does attending a NEM event work?

You can join as many NEM Ontario events as you like! Show your support for the engineering & technology community and attend as many events as you can. Go to our calendar of events and explore events led by our amazing volunteers. To find out more about an event, click the + below the event date and read the description. To reserve your spot, click the <<attend>> button and fill out your registration. You will be emailed the Zoom link and we recommend copying the link directly into your calendar.  

When do NEM events happen?

Throughout the month of March, events will be thematically curated alongside Engineers Canada for a synched-up national NEM.

Week 1: The P.Eng. Designation

Week 2: Lifelong Learning

Week 3: Spotlight on the Engineering Student Challenge

Week 4: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Week 5: Engineers & Politics

Check out our event page for more details.

What is engineering and engineering technology all about?

Much more than building bridges and memorizing formulas engineering and engineering technology professions are collaborative, creative, and leverage communication skills to solve humanity’s wicked problems; turning ideas into a reality and making a difference.

Why should I get involved?

Being part of NEM is an opportunity to share your passion for Engineering with diverse students and young professionals; to widen their perceptions, build their curiosity and help them feel a sense of belonging within these professions.

How can I get involved?

Lead your own NEM event in March or participate in events you’re interested in. Applications to lead an event at #NEM2022 closed on November 29th but we hope you will stay connected over social and our website to see upcoming events.

The #NEM2022 event schedule will be live in mid-January. We encourage you to attend as many events as you wish and join in on the conversation online using the #NEM2022 hashtag.

How can I find out more about applying for funding and hosting an event?

Please send us an email at:

letstalk@nemontario.ca


Leading an Event

I want to lead an event! Where do I start?

Email letstalk@nemontario.ca and ask to join our mailing list to be alerted of next year’s application process.

Who can host an event?

You could be a University student (enter the University Challenge to compete for cash prizes), an engineering or Engineering Technology professional, or you may simply want to join the Engineering & Technology community and explore lifelong learning.

Is there funding available?

All event leaders may apply for up to $500 in funding to cover expenses such as honoraria for experts, marketing, and development costs. Not-for-profit organizations may ask for up to 50% of their funding to cover the time associated with running the event. Follow us on social media and keep a lookout for application deadlines.

What type of event should I organize?

A learning event over Zoom where participants come away with new or deepened knowledge, skills, or values that bring them together, benefit their communities or contribute to employability. 

Your event is not obliged to fall into one of the categories below, however Engineers Canada is suggesting the following themes:

Week 1: The P.Eng. Designation

Week 2: Lifelong Learning

Week 3: Spotlight on the Engineering Student Challenge

Week 4: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Week 5: Engineers & Politics

Why lifelong learning?

We’re focusing on lifelong learning because, in these times of great adaptation, nothing is as powerful as practicing how to learn and expanding our perspectives as a community.

The European Commission defines lifelong learning as:

“All purposeful learning activity that is undertaken throughout life with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competencies within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective.”

Who is NEM for?

NEM Ontario is focused on supporting post-secondary students and young professionals to navigate their careers. To do this, we encourage events that include interdisciplinary students & professionals as well as seasoned professionals in the Engineering and Technology communities.  

How will an online NEM Ontario work?

Once everyone applies, we will see the different types of events our volunteers wish to host. We’ll do our best to choose the week that makes the most sense for your event and send you back a doodle poll so that you can choose the time that suits you best. We are hoping to have enough events that we can program a morning event 8-9:30 am, lunchtime event 12-1:30 pm, and a happy hour event 4-5:30 pm each weekday of March. If your event requires an evening or weekend we’ll do our best to accommodate you. 

When each event has a firm timeslot, we’ll notify all event leaders as well as send out support material for you to develop your event and 50% of the requested funding. In February and March, we will support you to market your event. In April we will send you the remaining 50% of your funding in exchange for answering our post-event survey.


Engineering Student Challenge

What is the Engineering Student Challenge?

All Ontario post-secondary students enrolled in an engineering degree program are invited to host an event in March for the NEM’s Engineering Student Challenge. Teams of up to 5 students can host an event or series of events and compete with other Ontario teams for a chance to win one of three cash prizes: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third.

Who can take part?

To qualify, students must be currently enrolled in an engineering degree program at an Ontario college or university.