What is NEM?
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 with thousands of participants. The theme for #NEM2021 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 zoom account. A schedule with links can be found here.
How does attending a NEM event work?
You can join as many NEM Ontario events as you like! Go to our calendar of events and explore the more than 70 events led by the Ontario Engineering & Technology community. 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: Working with interdisciplinary professions
Week 2: Equity, diversity & inclusion
Week 3: Spotlight on the College and University Challenge
Week 4: Ethics, engineering and technology’s impact on society, resilience, wicked problems and focus on the future
Week 5: National Perspectives
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 and Engineering Technology 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?
The #NEM2021 event schedule is now listed. We encourage you to attend as many events as you wish, and join in on the conversation online using the #NEM2021 hashtag.
How can I find out more about applying for funding and hosting an event?
Please send us an email at:
Leading an Event
I want to lead an event! Where do I start?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 College or University student (enter the College or University challenge to compete for prize $), an engineering or Engineering Technology professional or simply want to join the Engineering & Technology community, 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 look-out for NEM 2021 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 Engineering + Interdisciplinary Professions
Week 2 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Week 3 Spotlight on College & University Challenge
Week 4 Ethics, engineering impact in society, resilience, wicked problems, or dive into the future!
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 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. In order to do this we encourage events that include interdisciplinary students & professionals as well as seasoned professionals in the Engineering & Engineering Technician and Technology communities.
How will an online NEM Ontario work?
Once everyone applies, we will see the different types of events folks 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 8-9:30am, lunchtime event 12-1:30pm and a happy hour event 4-5:30pm each week day 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.
What is the College Challenge?
All engineering technology and applied science students at Ontario Colleges are invited to host an event in March for the NEM College 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: $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $500 for third. Winning teams also receive a complimentary one-year free student OACETT membership.
Who can take part?
All engineering technology and applied science students currently enrolled in an Ontario College can host an event as part of the College Challenge.
What is the University Challenge?
All Ontario University students are invited to host an event in March for the NEM’s University 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 and $1,000 for third.
Who can take part?
All students currently enrolled in an Ontario University can host an event as part of the University Challenge.