Although my mandate started at the start of April, I was kept very busy upon being elected. For starters, the executive team had to work through the Commissioner applications. This included reading all of the applications themselves, interviewing each candidate, and making the decision on the final team. As well, I helped with the administrative side of Spring Meeting (registration and creating a pre-package, mostly).
Since then, I have continued to be quite busy. I went to Chania, Greece from April 23rd to May 2nd for the Board of European Students of Technology General Assembly. I have made a report on my trip, and it is available in the Reports folder in the Documents section. Si vous voulez la rapport traduit à francais, s’il vous plait, laisse-moi savoir! The report is very long, but that’s only because I learned so much there! BEST and CFES have very notable similarities, but it’s the differences that are particularly inspiring. I really did pick up a lot from this conference, and I welcome any questions you have with regards to my experience with BEST GA.
The following weekend I went to Edmonton for WESST EM, and thanks to the 2014/2015 IT Commissioner and 2015 WESST EM Chair Ranek Kiil for the invite! This was particularly valuable to attend due to the new West Ambassador being selected at this meeting (congrats Alex!). I held a session discussing what the CFES was getting up to (at that point it would have been the due date of work plans, the upcoming teleconference, and the mandates due at the teleconference). I assisted a bit with WESST policy, mostly providing input from experience and some wording. In all, it was a very positive experience, and it helped me get to know some of the new EngSoc VPs early in the year. It did make me feel a bit old though.
Two weekends after that, I attended some of the Engineers Canada Annual General Meeting in Calgary. It was held between Wednesday and Saturday afternoon, and I work full-time, so I wasn’t able to attend very much of it, but still a good amount. I attended the Engineers Canada Awards gala on the Thursday evening, and I got a chance to meet the Chair of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Unfortunately, there were lots of other people interested in talking to him, so my time with his was relatively short, but I did get a positive feeling about the AB’s willingness to allow more student input.
This was the same weekend of the teleconference. Other than some technical difficulty in the first 10 minutes, and the meeting itself going 30 minutes over expected time, it was very informative. We got some very good questions about the status on some of the mandates and the content of our work plans. Additionally, we had an introduction of what the CFES is, what Change Lab is, and the dates of the upcoming conferences. This was a lot of people’s first experience with the CFES, and as it was informative, I feel that we will see a more-informed group of VPXs at PM.
This brings us to this weekend! I am currently on the plane to Montreal for the CEAB meeting, where Allyson and I will be presenting the CFES to the attendees of the meeting. The purpose of this presentation is to explain how the CFES fits in with the CEAB, and how we can mutually benefit each other. If you’ve read this far into my update, you’re probably already familiar with the CFES’ ongoing pursuit of a seat on the AB. It is one of my priorities this year (one that I would rank high in comparison to my other objectives for the year) and Allyson and I will be sure to be as productive as possible and report our progress.
After this weekend, I will have a couple weekends to prepare for Summer Meeting and work on policy that I want to implement for PM. Refer to my work plan for specifics on these policies.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at [email protected] My next written update will be uploaded in August. Cheers!