Hey, my name is Reno Natalizio and I’m a 1B Systems Design Engineering student. On the weekend of June 3, 2017, I had the privilege to represent Waterloo at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Engineering Student Societies Council of Ontario (ESSCO). Yes, that’s a mouthful for me too, but it’s suffice to say the organization is essentially the Provincial EngSoc that represents not only you at Waterloo, but also every other undergraduate engineering student in Ontario.
So a bit about me; I took first term as a chance to adjust to the university life without my typical foot-long list of extracurricular commitments. Fast forward to my winter co-op term, and wow was I ever missing the life of rigorous community involvement. I applied to AGM as a chance to kickstart my engines again, and it was a flawless relaunch!
Throwing up some physics gang signs on the ever classic E5 bridge.
After making the long trek down University Avenue from my UW residence to my new WLU residence, I was joined by 100 of the most passionate and motivated students I have ever had the good fortune to meet. The focus of the conference was the two days of sessions, consisting of presentations made not only by professionals and government officials, but also by my fellow student leaders. It may sound dry, but when you’re listening to such inspirational speakers there are always lessons to be learned. Some of my favorites were the sessions on Diversity in Engineering, Technical Communication, and the engaging discussion on the Intersection of Engineering and Politics with Catherine Fife, KW MPP.
But of course, a day of back-to-back sessions at an Engineering conference isn’t complete without some …wholesome… night-time shenanigans. It was during these wonderful late-hours that all of us delegates connected as people. Whether I was being recklessly piggybacked across a field by ESSCO’s new VP Services, letting loose with some Karaoke at Wilf’s, trading every single patch I owned, or simply scheming to steal a mascot, it was always with someone that I can now count as my extended engineering family.
After seeing the potential impact that student engineering societies can have on their communities, I realized that I need to put my own ideas into action within our EngSoc. During a session, someone noted that “we want to ensure everyone feels that they are a part of the engineering family.” I certainly felt like a part of this family at AGM, so this is my invitation and call to you to join our family, whether it be applying for an upcoming conference or simply volunteering for a Waterloo event. Our doors are always open.
Hi, I’m Natalie and I’m in 2B Nano Engineering here at Waterloo. I recently was lucky enough to attend ESSCO AGM (the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario Annual General Meeting). The conference is a chance for different schools to share best practices, as well as go through administrative tasks of ESSCO, i.e. electing ESSCO executives. The conference has separate sessions for general delegates and for the VP Externals (VP Communications at Waterloo) from each school in attendance.
Having previously attended a different ESSCO conference (the Professional Engineers of Ontario Student Conference) I was expecting ESSCO AGM to be quite similar. Although the structure was the same, the content of the sessions was quite different. The sessions were run by a mix of engineering students involved in their school’s engineering society and various professionals. I found both types of sessions really interesting. It’s always interesting to see how different schools approach running their engineering society, and the problems EngSoc faces. It’s good to get a different perspective on these challenges, because it might change how our society approaches them. The talks by various professionals were also quite informative and engaging. I was especially interested in the talk by MPP Catherine Fife on the intersection of engineering and politics.
Delegates pose for a photo with MPP Catherine Fife.
I would highly recommend applying to attend conferences, even if you aren’t very involved in EngSoc. Conferences are a great way to meet people from other schools, they’re super informative, and a lot of fun. In addition to the sessions there are evening events and a banquet at the end of the week. Although I wasn’t highly involved in EngSoc prior to attending ESSCO AGM, I plan on getting more involved in future school terms.
My name is Silvia Lee and I am a 2B Nanotechnology Engineering student. I am very excited to share my experience in Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO) Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017, which was my first-ever conference!
This year’s AGM took place here at Waterloo from June 1st - June 4th, and I attended the conference as a Waterloo Engineering Society Delegate. During the entire conference, I was able to meet about 80 passionate Engineering students from 13 different universities.
We had enough time to meet each other prior to actual conference sessions start. On our first night, we were running around Columbia Ice Field for ESSCO Olympics, and made s’mores by bonfire. It was very interesting to listen to other universities unique engineering programs, such as Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University.
AGM 2017 is the first conference in several years to bring back ESSCO Olympics (an old tradition)!
On Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, conference sessions were running and I was able to listen to such inspirational presentations, prepared by different leaders, and professionals. The information I gained from AGM was not only useful to our engineering society, but also related to my co-op and academics as well. One of my favourite presentation is diversity in engineering. Engineering societies should embrace diversity across the province.
There was a banquet at THEMUSEUM, and we celebrated the 60’’ Tool’s 50th birthday! All different mascots from each university were invited and it was very interesting to know more about the mascots and their meanings. After watching the exact same video from engineering orientation (it was a nice recap), we all cheered for the Tool.
Three and a half day went by extremely fast and I already miss them. As the sub-societies commissioner for Spring 2017, I learned that every single one of us can make a difference to our student societies. I absolutely want to attend next year’s AGM, as well as different engineering conferences throughout the rest of the year.