Attend a NEM Ontario Event

March is National Engineering Month. With 5 weeks of premium content designed specifically for the engineering community, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn, grow & thrive – together.

All NEM Ontario events are free to attend and this year’s events are a mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid. Show your support and attend as many events as you can. Sign up for a panel discussion, skill-building workshop or networking event by clicking on a date below.

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Week 1

The P.Eng. Designation

Wed

01

The Future of the Engineering Degree
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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The Future of the Engineering Degree

Join Ontario’s Engineering Community at the National Engineering Month kick-off event! This event, hosted live at the Ontario Science Centre, will gather senior faculty from leading colleges and universities to discuss the future of the engineering degree. How are engineering educators are preparing the next generation of engineering leaders? How are academic institutions future-proofing engineering degrees to ensure the degree remains relevant, respected, and valued? What are they doing to create more opportunities for future generations to become Professional Engineers? Find out at this exciting event. 

Hybrid
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 180 minutes
Event Leader OSPE
Theme The P.Eng. Designation

Thu

02

Signed, Sealed & Delivered – The Front Lines of Engineering Practice
Path to Licensure in Ontario
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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Signed, Sealed & Delivered – The Front Lines of Engineering Practice

This is a panel session that will provide insight into the world of consulting engineering – the activities of professional engineers who accept accountability by signing and applying their professional engineering seals to their work. Consulting engineering firms work at arm’s length from their clients and provide advice, design services, review of construction, contract administration, and other engineering services. Consulting engineers operate at the leading edge of engineering practice – they are the most visible of engineering practitioners and are responsible for the planning and design of much of the infrastructure in the province – from highways and bridges, to water supply and wastewater treatment, to schools and hospitals, consulting engineering work cuts across all engineering disciplines. The intent is to provide engineering students and engineering graduates with a glimpse into this world and the career opportunities that exist within consulting engineering firms. Panelists will include representatives from three consulting engineering firms – from small, local service providers to large multinational firms. There is significant demand for professional engineers within consulting engineering firms and it is hoped that the panel session will spark interest in consulting engineering as a career.

Online
Time 10:00 am ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Bruce Matthews
Theme Lifelong Learning

Path to Licensure in Ontario

We would be providing a Masterclass event that would help unlicensed engineering graduates to learn about the benefit of obtaining a P.Eng. Licence. Our event would be titled “Path to Licensure in Ontario”. This event would be bring together experts to help unlicensed engineering graduate and students to identify how to navigate their path and present their issues in an open forum.

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Iretomiwa Olukiyesi
Theme Lifelong Learning

Sun

05

Canada’s Nuclear Story
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Sunday, March 5, 2023

Canada’s Nuclear Story

My PowerPoint presentation, which has evolved over 10+ years, introduces the history of Canada’s nuclear science and technology, as well as the current status and where we are headed. It begins by asking why we should study nuclear (or technical) history, and then covers Canada’s history from Ernest Rutherford, through the founding years of the “Tube Alloys” project and the Montreal laboratory, through the development of research and CANDU power reactors, to the current refurbishments and future Small Modular Reactors. Not only is Canada’s nuclear story fascinating, but it also provides examples of why we should study history; As my final slide states, “Welcome to the future … while learning from the past”.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Morgan Brown
Theme Lifelong Learning

Week 2

Lifelong Learning

Mon

06

Geoff Sheffrin, P.Eng, Climate Crisis Chair Shares How Engineers Fight the Climate Crisis
ROOT & STEM
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Monday, March 6, 2023

Geoff Sheffrin, P.Eng, Climate Crisis Chair Shares How Engineers Fight the Climate Crisis

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) has a network of engineers that have solutions to global issues and the climate crisis is one of them. The affects of the climate crisis is seen globally, through natural disasters, ecosystem disruptions and more. The members of our Climate Crisis task force, formed in 2022, volunteer their engineering talents to collaborate on multiple initiatives that aim to create more sustainable practices within the province. Join OSPE CEO, Sandro Perruzza, and our Climate Crisis Chair, Geoff Sheffrin, P.Eng, in a conversation on what the task force is doing and how you can be involved.

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader OPSE

ROOT & STEM

The event focuses on a paradigm shift from traditional engineering practices to nature-inclusive climate adaptive ones. We introduce the concept and its place within engineering profession. We will also be talking about the importance of including nature-based STEM in early education through a transdisciplinary decentralize approach.

Hybrid
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Negin Ficzkowski
Theme Lifelong Learning

Tue

07

Lifelong Learning in an Engineer’s Career
Peterborough Bridge to Engineering
Creativity in Design – Understanding 3D Printing
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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Lifelong Learning in an Engineer’s Career

Our event will be a panel discussion followed by a networking session. The panel discussion will consist of McMaster community leaders and industry professionals discussing a wide variety of topics with particular emphasis on how students can create local and global impacts in their communities through engineering. There will be a particular focus with regards to discussion of the theme of “Lifelong Learning”, as this is a popular topic within the McMaster Engineering community. Leading up to the event, there will be a coordinated social media campaign spotlighting engineering projects from students within the faculty.

In Person
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Isra Zahid
Theme Lifelong Learning

Peterborough Bridge to Engineering

High school students in from Peterborough County will meet at the Healthy Planet Building and compete to design, budget, build and test a real world problem of creating a span bridge

In Person
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Diane Northey
Theme Lifelong Learning

Creativity in Design – Understanding 3D Printing

The course content will delve into the practical application of design thinking skills around additive manufacturing. Course participants will take a 3d design from virtual stages to practical while being exposed to 3d printing, Cricut and other manufacturing engineering advanced technologies.

In Person
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Stephanie Thompson
Theme Lifelong Learning

Wed

08

Beyond Engineering – The skills needed to navigate technical change
International Women’s Day Panel Luncheon
Integration of internationally trained engineering professionals into the local labour market
Explore Career in STEM Night
Recognizing Excellence
Humber College Champions Women in STEM
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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Beyond Engineering – The skills needed to navigate technical change

In our rapidly changing world, technical innovation and solutions play a critical role and while technical expertise is important, it is not enough. To help organizations navigate this transition engineers need to develop skills that will complement and support their engineering knowledge including sales techniques, stakeholder management, presentation and story-telling, and strategies for effective change management.

Online
Time 10:00 am ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Jay Mullin
Theme The P.Eng. Designation

International Women’s Day Panel Luncheon

The Association for Women in the Metals Industries Toronto Chapter is hosting a Panel Luncheon with women who are leaders in their field. The panel will focus on the Leaders’ education and early careers (including engineering), how they navigated their way to the success they’ve achieved, and how the audience can support each other in their own journeys.

In Person
Time 11:30 am ET
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
Event Leader Stephanie Holko
Theme 2 - Lifelong Learning

Integration of internationally trained engineering professionals into the local labour market

Job searching for internationally trained engineering professionals is always a multifaceted challenge: foreign credential recognition, knowledge of the local codes & standards, career road maps, industry connections, and above all the professional licensing process. The best way to encounter these challenges is to be aware of them and have a work plan. Getting a job is the number one priority for newcomers, which is why familiarizing themselves with various job search techniques, local engineering standards, labour market trends, and connecting with prospective employers and professionals could produce a meaningful outcome faster.

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Rezaul Helali
Theme Lifelong Learning

Explore Career in STEM Night

Explore Career in STEM Night is an event focusing on current and prospective applicants to the Engineering programs at Centennial College. The event will focus on exploring opportunities in STEM, discuss eligibility and pathways and inform about the support we have in place to ensure student success. We will have a keynote message from the Dean of the School and the opportunity to allow the applicants to network.

In Person
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Alex Araujo
Theme Lifelong Learning

Recognizing Excellence

The Foundation currently provides 106 scholarships annually to undergraduate engineering students at the 16 accredited engineering schools in Ontario. In 2022, we hosted our first virtual awards ceremony and brought scholarship recipients and gold medalists together for networking and a keynote speaker. Foundation members participated in the event and we distributed their names and LinkedIn profiles ahead of the event to registrants. The first time event was very successful as the virtual platform allowed small groups of attendees to network in small groups (tables of 2, 4 or 8).

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Saskia Martini-Wong
Theme Lifelong Learning

Humber College Champions Women in STEM

A panel of fearless women and supportive men will share their authentic stories and how there is strength in our differences to bring innovation, productivity, and pride to a more elastic workforce. Join us as we inspire, connect and empower participants to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Jennifer
Theme Lifelong Learning

Thu

09

Operating Ontario’s Power System Today and Tomorrow
Extracting EV Battery Minerals from Mine Waste by Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk, Interim Executive Director, Goodman School of Mines, Laurentian University
Fireside Chat with TELUS
Earthbag home design workshop
Imposter Syndrome Workshop
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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Operating Ontario’s Power System Today and Tomorrow

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) works at the heart of Ontario’s power system. The IESO delivers key services across the electricity sector including: managing the power system in real-time, planning for the province’s future energy needs, enabling conservation and designing a more efficient electricity marketplace to support sector evolution. This session will provide insight into what goes into planning and operating the Ontario’s power system behind the scene. It will give the participants an opportunity to understand the generation resources in Ontario.

Online
Time 10:00 am ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Muhammad Idrees
Theme Lifelong Learning

Extracting EV Battery Minerals from Mine Waste by Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk, Interim Executive Director, Goodman School of Mines, Laurentian University

We will hold a mini-conference to inform post-secondary students, the community, and youth about research, careers and associated post-secondary programs that contribute to the development of batteries for electric vehicles. The 1/2 day event is hybrid (in-person and virtual) and will be open to interested high-school classes and the public. Speakers will include professionals from the exploration and mining industry as well as researchers and professors from the local university & colleges.

Hybrid
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Nicole Tardif
Theme Lifelong Learning

Fireside Chat with TELUS

Come meet with a diverse panel of technology and engineering leaders to learn about how we’re innovating to build remarkable outcomes for Canadians

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Niketa Saini
Theme Lifelong Learning

Earthbag home design workshop

Our event is an educational session and design workshop for earthbag housing, an affordable and sustainable building method with many applications. The event will begin with an introduction to humanitarian engineering and how the attendees can hone their technical expertise to benefit problems they are passionate about. Students and young professionals are encouraged to lifelong learning by considering their own lived experience, values, and real world problems they want to get more familiar with.

Online
Time 3:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Scarlett Minshull
Theme Lifelong Learning

Imposter Syndrome Workshop

This event will be a workshop on overcoming imposter syndrome. It is intended to educate engineering students on what imposter syndrome is, and provide some strategies and tools for overcoming it. We will have guided, open discussions among peers, as well as advice from engineering graduates and mental health professionals. It will be an interactive and informative session, likely taking place over a total of 3 hours. Imposter syndrome can affect young engineers in both professional and academic situations, and learning effective strategies for coping with it is beneficial to all.

Hybrid
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Gavin O'Connor
Theme Lifelong Learning

Fri

10

Pitch Perfect: Refining Your Interview Skills
Peterborough Bridge to Engineering – Second
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Friday, March 10, 2023

Pitch Perfect: Refining Your Interview Skills

So, you’re ready to break into the working world. You have your degree/diploma in hand, your theories mastered, and foundational knowledge of industry tools. There’s just one problem – in a sea of qualified candidates, you want to stand out. In this virtual panel, you’ll hear from experienced recruitment and engineering professionals as they explore what makes a great interview, common taboos, and tips and tricks to help you make your pitch perfect. The panel will be followed by an open Q and A period where you can pose your burning questions about the consulting industry and how to make your mark. Participants will also receive exclusive access to register for a post-event, real-time resume review session with a Human Resources or engineering professional.

Online
Time 10:00 am ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Aurrey Drake
Theme Lifelong Learning

Peterborough Bridge to Engineering – Second

High school students in from Peterborough County will meet at the Healthy Planet Building and compete to design, budget, build and test a real world problem of creating a span bridge

In Person
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Diane Northey
Theme Lifelong Learning

Sat

11

Finding ways to reduce hunger in the city
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Saturday, March 11, 2023

Finding ways to reduce hunger in the city

This event, aims to help connect students with the two important challenges of hunger and food wastage in urban cities in Canada. The aim is to introduce engineers with the type of challenges they could face outside of the ordinary field of engineering and learn how this discipline could allow them to use transferable skills to tackle social and economical challenges outside of their field of work. Through this challenge, participants would first receive a briefing on the problem of hunger among the people in need, and be familiarized with the wastage of food that takes place in grocery store. They will be later invited to identify major stakeholders in these field of work and brainstorm ideas for identifying solutions around this problem. At the final stage of the challenge, a practical solution would be chosen and carried forward as a group.

In Person
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Amin Azad
Theme Lifelong Learning

Week 3

Spotlight on the Engineering Student Challenge

Mon

13

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 1
Research and Innovation Task Force (RITF) Chair, Beatrice Sze, P.Eng, Shares the Latest and Greatest From the Task Force
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Monday, March 13, 2023

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 1

During the week of March Break, OSPE will be in attendance at the CN Tower hosting a booth with engineering activities for kids. This is a great opportunity to utilize your March Break and see the fun activities we have to offer

In Person
Time 12:00 am ET
Duration All Day minutes
Event Leader OPSE
Theme Lifelong Learning

Research and Innovation Task Force (RITF) Chair, Beatrice Sze, P.Eng, Shares the Latest and Greatest From the Task Force

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) has a network of engineers that are the minds behind impressive concepts and innovations. Research and innovation is vital in every engineering discipline; innovation is what powers our daily lives and thoughtful research drives brilliance. Our Research and Innovation Task Force (RITF) focuses their volunteered time on initiatives that research regulations, national innovations and other concepts that support provincial economic and environmental goals. Join OSPE CEO, Sandro Perruzza and our RITF Chair, Beatrice Sze, P.Eng, in a conversation on what the task force is focusing on and how you can be involved.

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader OPSE

Tue

14

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 2
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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 2

During the week of March Break, OSPE will be in attendance at the CN Tower hosting a booth with engineering activities for kids. This is a great opportunity to utilize your March Break and see the fun activities we have to offer

In Person
Time 12:00 am ET
Duration All Day minutes
Event Leader OPSE
Theme Lifelong Learning

Wed

15

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 3
Engineering the Future
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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 3

During the week of March Break, OSPE will be in attendance at the CN Tower hosting a booth with engineering activities for kids. This is a great opportunity to utilize your March Break and see the fun activities we have to offer

In Person
Time 12:00 am ET
Duration All Day minutes
Event Leader OSPE
Theme Lifelong Learning

Engineering the Future

hEr VOLUTION will host a virtual speed networking event where participants from across Ontario will have the opportunity to meet professionals with various engineering backgrounds such as forensics engineers, mechanical engineers, engineers from mining industries to name a few. hEr VOLUTION will host this event starting with a panel where the speakers have the opportunity to introduce themselves. After the panel we will host virtual breakout rooms for each speaker and will rotate participants giving them the opportunity to ask each professional more questions about their careers and the journey that they took to get them there.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Doina Oncel
Theme Student Spotlight Challenge

Thu

16

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 4
A Head Start for International Students in Engineering 
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Thursday, March 16, 2023

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 4

During the week of March Break, OSPE will be in attendance at the CN Tower hosting a booth with engineering activities for kids. This is a great opportunity to utilize your March Break and see the fun activities we have to offer

In Person
Time 12:00 am ET
Duration All Day minutes
Event Leader OPSE

A Head Start for International Students in Engineering 

My event will focus on international students in engineering. It will address blind spots they face in learning and career advancements due to change in culture and environment. This event will focus on highlighting issues they might face during and after their engineering program and how they can tackle it. It will focus on giving them the tools and ideas on how they can put their best foot forward to give themselves a head start to their engineering profession. It will also address the importance of co-op and internships, the effects of immigration on their engineering study and career and answer their pressing questions they currently face. At this event, I would like to bring in 1 or 2 successful engineering professionals who were international students and spark further dialogue on the topics raised.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Vanessa Takim-Ndifon
Theme Student Spotlight Challenge

Fri

17

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 5
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Friday, March 17, 2023

OPSE at CN Tower – Day 5

During the week of March Break, OSPE will be in attendance at the CN Tower hosting a booth with engineering activities for kids. This is a great opportunity to utilize your March Break and see the fun activities we have to offer

In Person
Time 12:00 am ET
Duration All Day minutes
Event Leader OPSE
Theme Lifelong Learning

Sat

18

Transportation Engineering Consulting Challenge
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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Transportation Engineering Consulting Challenge

Our event will be a design-a-thon in the style of a consulting challenge. Competitors will be able to register in teams for the event, finding out about the specific details of the challenge on the day of. It will be a one-day challenge, focusing on a prompt related to the in-progress Hamilton LRT and its integration with the rest of the HSR (Hamilton Street Rail) network. The start of the event will go over the topic, resources available (specifically GIS data available from the Open Data Hamilton website), and expectations for final deliverables. There will then be a tutorial session for all relevant software (very likely QGIS among others). The lessons will be beginner friendly to encourage participation from competitors of all academic backgrounds and abilities. Following that, several hours will be made available for competitors to complete the consulting challenge, presentations and judging taking place afterwards. With help from local engineering chapters, we hope to have working professionals on our judging panel. Top ranked teams will be given prize money and certificates.

Online
Time 10:00 am ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Olivia Wiper
Theme Student Spotlight Challenge

Sun

19

Green Solutions To Urban and Rural Agricultural Farming
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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Green Solutions To Urban and Rural Agricultural Farming

In a rapidly changing world, adaptability is the only characteristic that is not changing. For this event, our goal is to invite speakers to educate students/faculty, and esteemed professionals about the social and environmental benefits of city farming. The importance of city farming is becoming more apparent, as food sovereignty is becoming more of a necessity in dense urban areas. Speakers from environmental, engineering, NGOs, businesses and city farmers will be invited to present and discuss their experience and knowledge of city farming and tackling the issue of food sovereignty from different fields.

Hybrid
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Syed Rizvi
Theme EDI

Week 4

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Mon

20

Up4 The Challenge – STEM Design Challenge for Educators
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Monday, March 20, 2023

Up4 The Challenge – STEM Design Challenge for Educators

We will provide attendees an opportunity to participate in an interactive Life Centred Design workshop that puts humans and the natural world at the centre of design. We will encourage collaborative and creative problem-solving, connecting solutions to the engineering principles that are needed to implement them. Participants will be challenged to address a specific social issue related to climate change. The event will not only foster empathy, which is a skill needed to help individuals navigate a rapidly changing world, but will also highlight how engineering can solve problems that may not necessarily appear to have a technological solution or be ‘engineering problems’ in nature. Our event will be designed as a 90-minute workshop for up to 40 participants. The session will be led by several experienced facilitators and our participants will be encouraged to contribute to discussions and activities using Google Slides and other interactive online tools.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Andrea Hemmerich
Theme EDI

Tue

21

Importance of EDI in Research and Industry
The Transformational Power of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Importance of EDI in Research and Industry

The event will be a panel of experts on cybersecurity. Students and industry professionals will learn more about the current and upcoming challenges in cybersecurity. We will also briefly feature our microprogram in cybersecurity and our cyber range – two opportunities for professionals and students who wish to acquire new knowledge and skills in the field.

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Eliyane Cayen
Theme EDI

The Transformational Power of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This interactive event on ‘Transformational power of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’ with dynamic speakers will be led by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) at Durham College. The event will boost awareness among event attendees in terms of being informed about the benefits of practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in a workplace as speakers will include those who will share insights through a lived experience lens. Furthermore, the session will allow the event attendees an excellent opportunity to deepen knowledge and skills as discussions are pivotal to learning about a topic from various perspectives. Expert speakers will share insights and professional perspectives on the vital topic of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to a range of audience. Attending the interactive session with experts in the field will be of great help to the audience in their careers and to enable them to reinvent themselves in a rapidly changing milieu.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Maryam Irshad
Theme EDI

Wed

22

The Importance of Mentors and Sponsors
Shape Your Professional Career
Women Impact in Technology and Innovation
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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Importance of Mentors and Sponsors

WinSETT Centre will host and facilitate a virtual community learning event marketed to the engineering community in Ontario. The event will provide a chance for women in engineering to connect with other women in engineering across the province, as well as some allies, reflect on their shared experiences, give each other a little well-deserved encouragement and support and grow their understanding of respectful and inclusive workplaces. Women can often find themselves as ‘others’ in predominantly male-led workforces, affecting everything from morale to career advancement. Women set apart by their racial or ethnic identities often fare even worse. Change can only be made if organizations start to listen, understand, and devise solutions that will address the barriers that women and other minority groups face. This session will help participants develop an understanding of the concept of respectful and inclusive workplaces. They will also explore the business case for moving towards a respectful and gender inclusive workplace. The goal of this learning event is to help individuals recognize the opportunities to support gender inclusion in their workplace.

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Carrie Vos
Theme EDI

Shape Your Professional Career

Personal and professional development are essential for individuals to continue growing and developing. throughout life, we’ve always been encouraged to learn and expand our capacity to build a better future for ourselves especially in the current rapidly changing world. This event aims at bringing experienced professional engineers together with engineering students and recent grads for guidance and engagement in open discussions to promote career advancement, counselling, and professional growth. The event which will be organized by the chapter will encourage and attract engineering students and recent grads from different backgrounds to promote diversity and inclusion. The event will be in collaboration with university professors to ensure targeting the right audience. The event will focus on the importance of lifelong learning highlighting benefits such as maximining innovations, increase competencies, sharpen the self-confidence, improve mental health, contribute to the society and others. In addition, the presenters will give tips and advice on the best techniques and tools available for engineering students from the job perspective.

In Person
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Hanan El-Sayed
Theme EDI

Women Impact in Technology and Innovation

This event is welcoming attendees from diverse backgrounds, diverse interests, and diverse careers to engage and inspire them towards building a narrative of the future together. Our student chapter is a branch of the Women division of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which is mandated to engage, inspire and connect women and underrepresented communities in computing science as well as other engineering and tech-related fields. We are driven to promote EDI values in the University and in the community, supporting women and underrepresented groups in their learning, networking, and career development needs. Students, researchers, professionals, entrepreneurs, or people who seek to reskill themselves are welcome to this event since they will find a great range of learning opportunities. There will be invited speakers who will present topics on women entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in tech, health since, autonomous vehicles and rising tech ecosystem in Kanata North, Ontario. There will also be a panel with women PhD students from our university in technology related fields sharing their experiences as women in tech and sharing their goals for after graduation.

In Person
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Cicek Simsek Didem
Theme EDI

Thu

23

I belong, sense of belonging in engineering students with a focus on women and visible minorities
NEM: Connecting and Creating Community
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Thursday, March 23, 2023

I belong, sense of belonging in engineering students with a focus on women and visible minorities

The event will focus on the results from a survey of uOttawa engineering students which investigates students sense of belonging (There are ~ 30 questions which focus on how factors like gender, cultural background and discipline of study impact students feeling of belonging in engineering). The survey was developed by Leah Kristufek with support from Dr. Mavriplis who previously held the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering from 2011 to 2021. This event would expand on the results presenting a more nuanced discussion. The focus is on education about factors which influence success of students from different groups and to have discussion which will lead to a more inclusive educational environment that will hopefully carry through into industry.

Hybrid
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Leah Kristufek
Theme Engineers & Politics

NEM: Connecting and Creating Community

At the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Toronto, it is our mission to contribute to the continual personal and professional growth of women in engineering. This event will be designed to meet that goal. Through a variety of small panels addressing different topics, we will create opportunities for meaningful discussions that will help women professionals feel empowered in pursuing their career journeys as engineers by targeting learning and growth within two key audiences: women working in engineering, and allies looking to advocate for creating inclusive and diverse workplaces. Following the successful track record of our past events, we will aim to enhance and reinforce the individual skills and collective values of our attendees, allowing them to engage with the volunteer-led panel discussion and Q&A that feel most relevant to them.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Amanda Rochon
Theme EDI

Fri

24

Mathletics and Bridge Building Competition
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Friday, March 24, 2023

Mathletics and Bridge Building Competition

We are planning to host a bridge-building competition with Earl Haig Secondary School to promote inclusive engineering to grade 9-12 students. Earl Haig is the biggest secondary school in the TDSB and we want to demonstrate the diversity in engineering through team-work. This event will bring life-long learning skills as students will be requested to problem solve with one-another and consult with PEO Willowdale/Thornhill volunteers if they have any questions. The PEO Willowdale/Thornhill members will include EITs, females, minority group engineers, and be representative of our community, so that we put an image to show how race or class or background does not inhibit one from being engineers. We want our grade 9 and 12 students to know there are other professional engineers who look like them. We hope that this bridge-building event will help them navigate their careers as we will have a question-and-answer period with multiple disciplines from civil, biomed, electrical, industrial, mechanical, robotics, geotechnical, and other fields. This question and answer period will also be adjusted for those students who are shy as we will provide the email addresses of our volunteers for the students to ask questions. As well, we hope the bridge-building competition helps the students to reinvent themselves by learning new de-escalation techniques when they encounter problems with the structure. We hope this applied session will translate to how team-work can help stabilize engineering scenarios and help identify potential errors to mitigate any harm to public safety.

In Person
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Karen Natalie Penaranda
Theme Lifelong Learning

Sat

25

Engineering might be a career path for you — let’s try it at Brock
Bridging the Gap Between Inequality
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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Engineering might be a career path for you — let’s try it at Brock

Come to join us! Listen to diverse background speakers talk about Engineering, various career paths, and tips to be successful. Most importantly, let us play with Robots, make new friends, and have fun. 

In Person
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Shengrong Bu
Theme Spotlight on University Challenge

Bridging the Gap Between Inequality

Attendees will be randomly assigned a group corresponding to a box of building materials. They will be challenged to build a bridge, meeting certain criteria, with the materials given but each box will contain different materials. Some materials will be more challenging to use than others and this will represent inequalities. A brief presentation will be given to highlight the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Overall, the event will aim to educate and remind attendees of the importance of EDI.

In Person
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Gabrielle Ngyuen
Theme Lifelong Learning

Sun

26

An Elected Professional Engineers’ Perspective; why being in the room matters
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Sunday, March 26, 2023

An Elected Professional Engineers’ Perspective; why being in the room matters

My event for week 5 is about Engineers in Politics. Often the importance of STEM educations is discussed but so very few enter politics or even stay politically engaged. As Professional Engineer, with experience in consulting I can see how important it is to get involved and stay involved. Mayor decisions at the political level are not necessarily calculated and bounded the way an “engineer” might necessarily set out to solve them. Thus taking the technical knowledge, problem solving approaches and moving them into the political arena is needed now more than ever. This is not with out challenges, as the softer skills to win over others and explain things in a manor that others will be able to grasp to make difficult decisions is not easy.

Online
Time 10:00 am ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Ian McDougall
Theme Engineers and Politics

Week 5

Engineers & Politics

Mon

27

Bringing the Engineering into Politics
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Monday, March 27, 2023

Bringing the Engineering into Politics

Engineering touches all levels of government and policy, yet politics is not a standard career path for most engineers. In this panel, we explore the journeys of several politicians who got their start in engineering. We unpack topics like how they leverage their engineering expertise in decision-making, the importance of having engineering representation at all levels of politics, and how to transition from the engineering to political world. Join us for a panel discussion that will provide you with the insights and inspiration to embark on your own journey into politics.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Jasmine Shaw
Theme Engineers and Politics

Tue

28

Build a Space Habitat Lego Challenge
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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Build a Space Habitat Lego Challenge

They call this generation the Mars generation… these children could be among the future explorers and Engineers that will fulfill that interplanetary destiny. Yet there will also be some that would like to improve life here on earth. This will be an opportunity for students to work in small teams and use their design skills to build a model of choice – 1) Lego Space Race or 2) Lego Treehouse. We will focus on the United Nations Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, and United Nations Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. Participants will be learning about the fundamentals of construction engineering and how to apply them structurally to design stable buildings. There will be specific design criteria, for example that it must have a mechanical device to move (or launch) a load 30 cm, or have a tree-like structure (elevated base) and other functions like a slide or swing or tear-away roof.

In Person
Time 6:30 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Led by Deborah Tang
Theme Engineers and Politics

Wed

29

STEMPowered – Day 1
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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

STEMPowered – Day 1

We plan to host a 3-day event. Since this event will be planned/hosted by the Biotechnology Science Society (BioSS), our theme will circle biotechnology / biotechnology engineering. Day 1 will host a panel discussion involving 5 industry professionals from different biotechnology career paths. This aims to provide insights into the field to the audience of secondary and post secondary students looking for internships and jobs in near future. Networking opportunity afterwards. Day 2 will host interesting biotechnology engineering seminars by our college professors and senior students. This is followed by tours of our college labs. On day 2, our audience will be high school students; however, this is also open to secondary students from day 1. Day 3 will host a fun and hands-on science workshop involving speed games. Students will perform biotechnology-related lab tasks that they can then take home with them (ex: plating jello on a sterile plate and then being able to take the jello agar plate home). Day 3 will be targeted towards middle school students. After the workshop, our senior students will host an info session on each scientific procedure carried out and its significance in the field. We will answer questions such as ‘why do we use petri plates in the industry? What would your day to day life look like as a scientist?’ to spark scientific interest from a young age. Finally, all 3 days will have the opportunity for participants to sign up for a mentorship program with post-secondary student mentors.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Ashna Makhija
Theme Engineers and Politics

Thu

30

STEMPowered – Day 2
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Thursday, March 30, 2023

STEMPowered – Day 2

We plan to host a 3-day event. Since this event will be planned/hosted by the Biotechnology Science Society (BioSS), our theme will circle biotechnology / biotechnology engineering. Day 1 will host a panel discussion involving 5 industry professionals from different biotechnology career paths. This aims to provide insights into the field to the audience of secondary and post secondary students looking for internships and jobs in near future. Networking opportunity afterwards. Day 2 will host interesting biotechnology engineering seminars by our college professors and senior students. This is followed by tours of our college labs. On day 2, our audience will be high school students; however, this is also open to secondary students from day 1. Day 3 will host a fun and hands-on science workshop involving speed games. Students will perform biotechnology-related lab tasks that they can then take home with them (ex: plating jello on a sterile plate and then being able to take the jello agar plate home). Day 3 will be targeted towards middle school students. After the workshop, our senior students will host an info session on each scientific procedure carried out and its significance in the field. We will answer questions such as ‘why do we use petri plates in the industry? What would your day to day life look like as a scientist?’ to spark scientific interest from a young age. Finally, all 3 days will have the opportunity for participants to sign up for a mentorship program with post-secondary student mentors.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Ashna Makhija
Theme Engineering and Politics

Fri

31

NEM Engineering Competition
Focusing beyond your profession – a government relations lens
STEMPowered – Day 3
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Friday, March 31, 2023

NEM Engineering Competition

PEO York Chapter’s 2023 National Engineering Month Engineering Competition will allow for students to design a solution to a large-scale engineering problem in teams of four over the course of three weeks. The teams will pitch the solution to the client (judges) for a chance to win prizes. Students will have the opportunity to learn concepts and principles to solve engineering problem(s), work collaboratively in teams, and how to develop a professional presentation adhering to typical industry standards

In Person
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 6 hours 30 minutes
Event Leader Sharon Chen
Theme Engineers and Politics

Focusing beyond your profession – a government relations lens

What can you do to move your project along through advocacy channels? Can you go to the Ministers office? Or the Premier’s office? Perhaps it’s appropriate to go to your MPP? Can your Mayor help your case? What channels are available and appropriate. Don’t forget to contact your association, we will work with you to achieve your goals. Because sometimes you just need to political!

Online
Time 12:00 pm ET
Duration 60 minutes
Event Leader Michelle West
Theme Engineering and Politics

STEMPowered – Day 3

We plan to host a 3-day event. Since this event will be planned/hosted by the Biotechnology Science Society (BioSS), our theme will circle biotechnology / biotechnology engineering. Day 1 will host a panel discussion involving 5 industry professionals from different biotechnology career paths. This aims to provide insights into the field to the audience of secondary and post secondary students looking for internships and jobs in near future. Networking opportunity afterwards. Day 2 will host interesting biotechnology engineering seminars by our college professors and senior students. This is followed by tours of our college labs. On day 2, our audience will be high school students; however, this is also open to secondary students from day 1. Day 3 will host a fun and hands-on science workshop involving speed games. Students will perform biotechnology-related lab tasks that they can then take home with them (ex: plating jello on a sterile plate and then being able to take the jello agar plate home). Day 3 will be targeted towards middle school students. After the workshop, our senior students will host an info session on each scientific procedure carried out and its significance in the field. We will answer questions such as ‘why do we use petri plates in the industry? What would your day to day life look like as a scientist?’ to spark scientific interest from a young age. Finally, all 3 days will have the opportunity for participants to sign up for a mentorship program with post-secondary student mentors.

Online
Time 6:00 pm ET
Duration 90 minutes
Event Leader Ashna Makhija
Theme Engineering and Politics

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