CEC 2020 will be held at University of Manitoba from March 6 - 9

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Each year, the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) brings together over 200 of the most innovative and creative engineering undergraduate students from across the nation to compete against each other in eight categories (Junior Design, Senior Design, Innovative Design, Engineering Consulting, Parliamentary Debate, Re-engineering, Programming, and Engineering Communication). 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 school, CEC is a highly selective competition. Those invited must first best their peers at their own intra-school competition, and then must achieve a top performance at their respective regional competition. They are:

In true Canadian style, CEC is a bilingual event, permitting students to compete in choice of English or French, 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.

"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

Competition Categories


Past Hosts

Year Host Location Date Media
2019 University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario March 1-4 Photos
2018 Ryerson University Toronto, Ontario March 8-11 Photos
2017 University of Calgary Calgary, AB March 3-5 Photos
2016 McGill University Montréal, QC March 4-6
2015 Memorial University of Newfoundland St John's, NL