Upcoming Items of Interest -February 2020

Jan 30, 2020 8:00 AM

A Message from CEO & Registrar
DS (Pal) Mann, CD, P.Eng.

As many of you are aware, I have moved into the CEO and Registrar’s Office as of 3 February. I would like to congratulate the outgoing CEO and Registrar, Len White, for his service to our profession over the past 19 years.

I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve Nova Scotia’s professional engineers and engineers-in-training, and the companies that employ them. As I familiarize myself with your issues and concerns, I am focused on ensuring that Engineers Nova Scotia is well positioned to meet its mandate:

· To serve and protect the public interest

· To advance and promote the value and proficiency of the engineering profession

· To support the members in their professional practice

In my initial flurry of information gathering, analysis and priority-setting, I will work with our President and Council to ensure that we chart a path that demonstrates the value of self-regulation. As part of this planning, I will work with the Engineers Nova Scotia Team to ensure that I visit and hear from the full breadth and width of our Association.

I look forward to meeting you in the upcoming months.

Professional Development Requirements

All members are required to be in compliance with the Professional Development policy, available HERE. To assist you in meeting these requirements, we have compiled a list of upcoming events on our Events page . This list is continuously updated so please pass along any opportunities you are aware of. 

Organizational Events

Feb 20, 2020 Young Professionals/CENS Social - Halifax
Feb 26, 2020 Doc & Talk (and Hot Choc!) - Halifax
Apr 9, 2020 Axe Throwing Networking Event - Halifax
Apr 25, 2020 Halifax Thunderbirds vs Toronto Rock - Halifax

Lunch and Learn Series

Feb 20, 2020 Solution-Processed Materials for Energy Conversion - Halifax

Feb 27, 2020 Being Conscious About Bias: The Impact of Unconscious Bias on
Workplace Culture (Part I of II) - Halifax

Feb 28, 2020Updating the ACWWA Water Supply and Wastewater Guidelines to
Incorporate Climate Resilient Infrastructure - Yarmouth

Mar 12, 2020 EIT Registration Process - Q&A Session for Post Grad Students - Halifax
Apr 9, 2020 Science Fairs in NS – How They Really Work, and How Engineers Can Get Involved - Halifax
Apr 16, 2020 How to Save Money - Halifax
Apr 23, 2020 Being Conscious About Bias: The Role of Bystanders in Workplace Culture (Part II of II) - Halifax

Community Events

Feb 20, 2020 The History of Halifax Water

Volunteer Opportunities

Feb 23, 2020 Ronald McDonald House - Home for Dinner

Volunteer Opportunities – School Visits  Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Senior Elementary School - Join Engineers Nova Scotia for a fun morning of hands-on activities with the Grade 4 classes at Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Senior Elementary School, during the morning of May 11. You will be leading or supporting an activity for youth to gain insight into engineering. You will be asking questions to get the youth thinking about their challenge and providing stories about your career as an engineer. Details about the activity will be provided to volunteers ahead of the event. 

Volunteers will earn 4 PD hours in the Participation category. 

A Positive Pause– You may have seen this popular regular segment in our quarterly newsletter. This segment highlights stories of members who, through their actions, have improved the experiences of others within our profession. The focus is promotion of impactful actions and practices, rather than individuals. If you have been positively influenced by another member, reach out anonymously to publications@engineersnovascotia.ca

2020 National Engineering Month– There’s a Place for You!

This year’s National Engineering Month committee has been hard at work to bring together an outstanding list of events in March, and now we need your help!  Mark your calendars, call your friends and family, and register early for some of our more popular events.  We have provided an overview of activities here, but encourage you to check out the Engineers Nova Scotia Event’s page for updates and more information, as other events may be added as we approach the month of March!

Student-Professional Pizza Socials—These events provide an informal discussion forum with students about what it’s really like after university. Grab a slice of pizza and share your experiences with the engineering students about what it’s like to work in your world; whether in government or private sector, research and development or production, in the field or in the office. Time and time again we hear from the students that this is a very valuable opportunity for them to ask questions that help them decide what employment sectors are right for them after graduation. Many members who have participated in the past have found the experience to be equally rewarding. Feel free to join us at any of the universities!  For the most up to date information and specific locations, please refer to the National Engineering Month section of the Engineers Nova Scotia website

Dalhousie Truro – Date TBD Dalhousie Sexton – Date TBD
St. Mary’s – Date TBD
CBU – Date TBD
End of year Engineering banquet by the end of March

Spotlight on Local Innovation—March 5th at 5:00PM – Westin Nova Scotia (Commonwealth Room)  Join Engineers Nova Scotia for our Spotlight on Local Innovation on Thursday, March 5th, 2020, to celebrate National Engineering Month by highlighting interesting projects and research led by engineers in Nova Scotia.  Purchase your tickets through the Engineers Nova Scotia Events website.

Young Professional / Student Networking Event—March 10th 5:30 – 7:30PM – Room B225, Dalhousie University Sexton Campus, Halifax  The Young Professionals Committee is hosting a Professional Development and Networking Event for engineering students and interested professionals on Tuesday, March 10th from 5:30PM - 7:30PM at Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus (Room B225). Guest speakers have been invited to discuss the following topics:
Licensure - Genanne Beck, P.Eng.
How to Land the Interview - Krista DeCoste, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Fleetway Inc. 
Mental Health Resources for Engineering Students - Jack.OrgDalEng
A pizza social will follow presentations. 
Register for this event
through the Engineers Nova Scotia Events website.

Acadia Engineering Banquet   March 12th at 6:00pm—9:30pm in the Acadia’s Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons  Details to come.

5th Annual NEM Curling Bonspiel—March 14th from 1:00PM to 8:00PM – Halifax Curling Club, 948 South Bland Street, Halifax
Team registrations are now being accepted for this year's National Engineering Month Curling Showdown.  Each team must consist of at least 2 Engineers Nova Scotia members. Every team will get to play 4 one hour (3-end) games. Compete to establish your team's bragging rights for the year as Nova Scotia's top engineering curling team!  The cost is $200/team and includes pizza in the lounge after the games.  There are only 8 team spaces available, so register today!  Please contact Christine Larocque at christine@engineersnovascotia.cato register via email or call 902-491-1213 to register by phone.

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer Ceremony (Camp 7) - March 14th at 2:00 pm – Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS    Celebrate the achievement of our province’s newest class of engineering graduates by attending the annual Iron Ring Ceremony. All engineers with an Iron Ring from any Camp are encouraged to attend.

Hockey Night in Halifax: Halifax Mooseheads VS. Moncton Wildcats
March 21st at 4:00PM – ScotiaBank Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax
Go Moose Go! Purchase your tickets through the Engineers Nova Scotia Events website.   Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for children (2-12). There is a limit of four (4) tickets per member, if there are more people in your group contact us for availability. 

National Engineering Month Public Display March 28th at the Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Displays – 1
st floor, 9:30AM to 2:00PM   Come out to our signature event at the Halifax Library! There will be fun and games for the kids, displays including university student projects, engineering historic sites and other engineering projects from around HRM and Nova Scotia, and yes… there will be robots! This year we will be continuing with paper-based construction challenges on-site for the whole family, new robot competitions, and an opportunity for teens (and parents) to tour through the new IDEA buildings at Dal (register before lunch).  We hope to see you there!

Dalhousie Engineering Capstone Conference (DECC) April 6th, 9:00AM to 3:00PM – Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax
Showcasing Student Innovation with Industry Partners  The Dalhousie Engineering Capstone Conference (DECC) is the largest event for senior year engineering students, incorporating all engineering disciplines within the Faculty. The conference gives students the opportunity to showcase how their Capstone Projects integrate course work and engineering design skills to provide innovative solutions to local industry partners. 

The conference is a celebration of the innovation landscape that is developing in Nova Scotia; it highlights students who will go on to work as professional engineers, continue to research through postgraduate studies, or pursue design ideas through Dalhousie’s ideaHUB and its innovation-based programs.  For more information: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/engineering/capstone-program/capstone-conference.html

Mentors Required

Engineers Nova Scotia is seeking volunteers to assist with the Mentoring Program.  If you are a Professional Engineer with a minimum of seven years of engineering experience and are interested in mentoring young engineers in your area of practice, please contact Engineers Nova Scotia at Mentors@engineersnovascotia.ca

To Request an Electronic Copy of THE ENGINEER

Engineers Nova Scotia provides an on-line Publications Library which includes issues of  The ENGINEER.  To save costs and help the environment you can receive an email notification when the current issue is available.  The Email notice will include a link to the location of the current issue of the magazine (Spring 2020—THE ENGINEER).  If you are interested in this Service, please include your name and email address in an email directed to christine@engineersnovascotia.ca requesting your electronic copy.