Canadian Engineering Competition


“CEC pits you against the top engineering students from across the country, and it’s really exhilarating to see how you and your school stack up”

–       Sean Heisler, Extemporaneous Debate 2009-2011

Each year, the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) brings together 150 of the most innovative and creative engineering undergraduate students from across the nation to compete against each other in one of six categories, ranging from design, consulting, presentation and debate. Each competition category at CEC challenges its participants to expand their frame of reference and to identify solutions to problems experienced by our profession.
Established in 1985, and hosted yearly at a constituent university, CEC is a highly selective competition. Those invited must first best their peers at their own intra-university competition, and then must achieve a top performance at their respective regional competition (Atlantic Region, Quebec, Ontario, and Western Region). In true Canadian style, CEC is a bilingual event, permitting English and French speaking students to compete in their native language, with simultaneous translation available for judges and observers in both languages.

The competition represents a valuable opportunity for industry participation and support, and sponsors and contributors propose real-world case studies for competition themes. The judges are drawn from related industry fields, or academia, and share their experiences with the competitors throughout the weekend as they network with the top up-and-coming engineers.

“You get to fly across the country, and do what you love – solve design problems. What better way is there you prove yourself?”

–       Andrew Carne, Engineering Design 2007-2010