At CFES Congress 2013 the position of Vice President Services was created. The goals of this newly- minted position were: to unite programs, students and resources; to help new conference chairs with transition; to help aid in student societies’ awareness of programs we offer; and to help the CFES become more accessible to the Canadian students it serves.
During plenary at Congress 2013, the incoming VP Services was mandated to create a feasibility report on the CFES hosting a National Engineering Month that was truly ‘national’ in scope. The idea was that instead of schools hosting independent events that the schools could join forces. Ideally, all CFES member schools could participate in a large scale project together that celebrates our intellect, design skills, and innovation. It was my job to poll our members to discern whether this project is possible and, if so, report back to CFES that it is something we should pursue.
To this end, I released a survey to our members so that I could better understand what each school currently does for NEM. Three surveys were released in both English and French: one for schools who celebrate NEM as a region, such as those in ESSCO; one for those who celebrate as an individual school, such as the University of Saskatchewan; and one for those who do not celebrate NEM at all. From this survey, CFES could determine what schools are already implementing and what sort of funding they receive.
It should be noted that during Plenary at Congress the motion to commission a feasibility report received these results: 41 for – 1 against – 1 abstain. The representatives of our member schools at that time were strongly invested in the creation of this report. However, as I only received 25 responses (completed surveys or otherwise) from member schools, readers are advised to keep in mind that the following results may not accurately represent what all CFES member schools would like to see with a NEM project. The results do, on the other hand, have a good array of opinions from all 4 regions of the CFES.
I hope you find the following report informative and I hope it will make any future decisions regarding NEM easier to make.
Thank you for your time,
Ellen McLaughlin, VP Services
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