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Member Societies: The Engineering Institute of Canada

The EIC is a federation of Twelve Member Societies.

Any Group of Canadian engineers with a common interest in a recognized field of engineering and organized in an engineering association may apply to become a member society of the federation.

Canadian Geotechnical Society

  • Creates and provides opportunities for its members to update and upgrade their technical knowledge and skills by organizing activities and events which facilitate transfer and exchange of knowledge and experience. Technical areas include soil mechanics and foundation engineering, rock mechanics, engineering geology, hydrogeology, geoenvironmental science and engineering, cold regions geotechnology and geosynthetics.Additional areas include computing, education, and professional practice. The activities and events include regular lectures in local Sections in all major Canadian cities, annual Society and specialty conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and Cross Canada Lecture tours.
  • Identifies and prioritizes national research needs and supports research activities through its Geotechnical Research Board.
  • Stimulates and awards outstanding achievements and excellence by its members (including undergraduate and graduate students).
  • Is the national and international representative and spokesperson on matters of Canadian geotechnology.
  • Publishes the quarterly Newsletter CGS News, Annual Conference Proceedings and other technical publications such as the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual.
  • Supports the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, a bi-monthly technical publication of the National Research Council of Canada.

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) is the pre-eminent technical society for chemical engineers in Canada. The CSChE provides leadership and services for chemical engineers to achieve and maintain their professional competence in meeting industrial and societal needs.

CSChE Strategic Goals:

Life-long learning - all chemical engineers have relevant expertise to remain effective
Involvement & Commitment - chemical engineers are pro-active
Social Responsibility - CSChE promotes highest ethical standards
Voice of Reason - CSChE is an informed and unbiased contributor with influence on policies

Professional Development Activities:

CSChE offers a series of "Professional Development opportunities" for chemical engineers.

Courses are also planned in conjunction with the "in conjunction with the "Canadian Chemical Engineering Conferences."

Major Activities:

  • Annual Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference
  • Publication of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
  • Maintenance of Interactive Web Pages
  • Subject Divisions represent chemical engineering disciplines
  • Active Local Sections provide networking opportunities
  • Student Chapters provide mentoring and career direction
  • Biennial student conference for students across Canada
  • Awards, scholarships and prizes for outstanding contributions
  • Participation in National Chemistry Week and National Engineering Week

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering is a learned society with a mandate to develop and maintain high standards of civil engineering practice in Canada through research, study, continuing education and by co-operating with other technical societies, both in Canada and abroad. The Society is dedicated to enhancing the public image of the civil engineering profession.

The CSCE meets its objectives by facilitating the interchange of professional knowledge among its members and by collaborating with universities and other institutions for the advancement of civil engineering.

Ongoing programs designed to meet these objectives include the annual national conference, annual specialty conference, regional conferences, seminars, workshops, national lecture tours, professional development through short courses and co-operative international programs. Technical and professional development activities delivered locally through CSCE Sections across Canada ensure that all members receive maximum benefits. CSCE encourages future civil engineers through the activity of its Student Chapters at Canadian colleges and universities and through national competitions and awards. Dissemination of information is also achieved through the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering and the Canadian Civil Engineer.

The strength of the CSCE lies in its professional membership's constant pursuit of knowledge and their willingness to share that knowledge.


Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering

The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering is:

  • A dynamic national technical Society devoted to mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
  • A Society covering all of Canada through five working regions.
  • A Society which maintains close liaison with ASME, New York and I.Mech.E., London, England.

    Membership Benefits:
  • Professional development through an extensive program of meetings on subjects of technical, management and business interest.
  • Publications include both the Transactions (quarterly) and Bulletin (three times per year).
  • National and Regional Conferences to keep members up to date on developments in the field.
  • Special student activities include lecture series, gold medals and local and national design competitions.
  • An opportunity to help formulate education, research and government policies in keeping with the real needs of Canada and also to help Canada grow industrially.

The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) is dedicated to the exchange of information in the field of applied nuclear science and technology. This encompasses all aspects of nuclear energy, uranium, fission and other nuclear technologies such as occupational and environmental protection, medical diagnosis and treatment, the use of radioisotopes, and food preservation.
The objectives of the Canadian Nuclear Society are as follows:

• to act as a forum for the exchange of information relating to nuclear science and technology;
• to foster the development and beneficial utilization of nuclear science and technology for peaceful uses;
• to encourage education in, and knowledge about, nuclear science and technology; and
• to enhance the professional and technical capabilities of those involved in nuclear science and technology in the Canadian context.

The Canadian Nuclear Society was established in 1979 as "the technical society of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA)". In 1998 the CNS incorporated independently as a federal, not-for-profit corporation, following an overwhelming vote from members. Since then the legal name of the CNS is "Canadian Nuclear Society/Société Nucléaire Canadienne, Inc."


Canadian Society for Engineering Management

The Canadian Society for Engineering Management (CSEM) concerns itself with the wider role of the engineer in society. On the one hand it aims to represent the interests and the roles of the engineer in a multidisciplinary sense, as a natural leader in the execution of major projects and business initiatives; on the other, it strives to serve the needs of engineers who manage and direct the broadest concepts, policies and activities of an organization, in both the private and public sectors.

CSEM's mission is to represent the interests and enhance the capabilities of engineers in management in order to advance and promote efficient management of commerce, industry and public affairs.

Engineering management skills are broadly based and draw from many different disciplines such as the natural sciences, mathematics, economics, the humanities and social sciences. Therefore, CSEM's objective is to provide a forum where engineers making a career in the field of management can share and enhance their professional skills.

CSEM activities include the publishing of the quarterly CSEM Newsletter, chapter meetings, professional development opportunities, national seminars and workshops for engineers in management.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

IEEE Canada is the Canadian region of the international Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - the world's largest technical professional society. Founded in 1884 by a handful of practitioners of the new electrical engineering discipline, today the Institute is comprised of more than 320,000 members who conduct and participate in activities in 147 countries. Approximately 14,000 of those members are Canadian.

The IEEE, through its members, provides leadership in areas ranging from aerospace, computers and communications to biomedical technology, electric power and consumer electronics. Its objectives focus on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science.

To realize these objectives, the IEEE sponsors technical conferences, symposia and local meetings worldwide; publishes nearly 25% of the world's technical papers in electrical, electronics and computer engineering; provides educational programs to keep its members' knowledge and expertise state-of-the-art. The purpose of all these activities is twofold:

  • to enhance the quality of life for all peoples through improved public awareness of the influences and applications of its technologies; and
  • to advance the standing of the engineering profession and its members.

Canadian Maritime Section of the Marine Technology Society

ian Maritime Section is one of twelve local societies of the Marine Technology Society. MTS is an international, not-for-profit professional Society. Since its incorporation in 1963, the society has supported the engineering and technology professions in the ocean community. Through local and regional volunteer activities, technical committee involvement in MTS conferences and workshops and publication of a peer-reviewed Journal, the Marine Technology Society has provided the marine community with a synergistic network of information.

The Society's mission is to:

  • disseminate marine science and technical knowledge;
  • promote and aid education of marine scientists, engineers, and technicians;
  • advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore, study and further the responsible and sustainable use of the oceans; and
  • provide services, which create a broader understanding of the relevance of marine sciences to other technologies, arts and human affairs.

Canadian Society for Senior Engineers

The category of Life Member was created in 1954 by the EIC to recognize members who had given long and faithful service. The CSSE (formerly the EIC Life Members Organization LMO) was incorporated as a charitable organization May 28, 1967. The primary function of this group of retired engineers is to promote the advancement of science and engineering in Canada and to support certain benevolent donations. The CSSE has evolved with the changing format of the EIC and its Constituent Societies. It produces a biannual newsletter. The CSSE executive meets in the fall and spring every year and the Annual General Meeting is held in conjunction with the spring meeting. These meetings are held in various parts of the country each year. For the past few years, it has supported the annual Youth Science Fair in the form of two cash awards and makes an annual donation to the widow of a former Life Member. Recently, it has supported a number of bio-engineering research projects. Under sponsorship of the University of Alberta, CSSE is currently supporting a program of high school research into the source of cosmic rays. It also encourages its members to get involved with the Tetra Society of North America. Their purpose is to recruit skilled volunteer engineers and technicians to create assistive devices for people with disabilities. Members of CSSE are invited to make annual contributions to the EIC; donations are acknowledged with a tax receipt. They are also encouraged to consider making a bequest to the Institute to reduce the amount of estate taxes payable.

Canadian Dam Association
Association Canadienne Des Barrages

The Canadian Dam Safety Association (CDSA) was founded in 1989 to advance the implementation of practice to ensure the safe operation of dams in Canada. In 1997, the CDSA amalgamated with the Canadian National Committee on Large Dams (CANCOLD) to form The Canadian Dam Association (CDA). In addition to public safety considerations and protection of the environment, the new association provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences in the field of dam safety by: Fostering interprovincial cooperation; Promoting the adoption of regulatory policies and safety guidelines for dams and reservoirs throughout Canada; Providing information and assistance to dam owners in support of dam safety programs; Sharing information with Canadian and international organizations interested in dam safety. CDA is concerned with technical, environmental, social, economic, legal, and administrative aspects of dams and their safety.

Membership Information

Membership in the CDA is open to any individual, corporation, or student with an interest in dam safety. Members include dam owners, consultants, governing bodies, academics, contractors, and equipment manufacturers.
All CDA members receive a copy of the CDA quarterly newsletter, and may participate in meetings and committees. Individual and corporate members have voting rights and may serve on the Board of Directors. All individuals who register at the annual conference become members of the Association.

The CDA encourages all members to serve on committees. Committee activities include the investigation and reporting of dam safety issues, and the development of national Dam Safety Guidelines.

Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Association
La Société canadienne de génie biomédical

The CMBES is Canada's principal society for engineering in medicine and biology. It is affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). The Society's aims are twofold: scientific and educational: directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of medical device technology; and professional: directed toward the advancement of all individuals in Canada who are engaged in interdisciplinary work involving engineering, the life sciences and medicine The CMBES organizes national medical and biological engineering conferences in various cities across Canada. In addition, the CMBES conference sponsors seminars, which include peer-reviews, technical paper presentations, exhibits of current medical devices, a continuing education program, workshops, symposia, and networking opportunities. The CMBES Clinical Engineering Standards of Practice was published in 1998. These guidelines outline criteria for health care institutions on the management of medical devices, promote the professional development of its members, and outline the education and certification requirements for clinical engineers and biomedical engineering technologists and technicians. The Society actively represents the interests of biomedical and clinical engineering to various government agencies by providing advice, submitting briefs, and reviewing documents. These agencies include: Canadian Council for Health and Services Health Canada Medical Devices Regulatory Committee Ministries of Health Canadian Hospital Association CSA Health Technology Program The CMBES facilitates communication among its membership and other agencies by regularly publishing a newsletter and the proceedings of all conferences and seminars. A career booklet is available for guidance counsellors and employment centres. The Society also maintains an information document pertaining to biomedical engineering education available in Canada.

Membership Information
The Society is managed by an elected executive consisting of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and chairpersons of standing committees. The Society welcomes membership applications from those interested in the field of biomedical engineering: engineers, physicists, physicians, technologists, technicians, allied health professionals, medical scientists, administrators, and students. Membership is open to all persons interested in biomedical engineering, and includes a number of student members. A list of biomedical engineering programs at colleges and universities across Canada has been prepared. Some of the advantages of membership are discounted rates for our Conferences and our publications, copies of our Newsletter and membership in the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (32 member countries). Each CMBES member receives copies of the Federation's MBEC News through our Newsletter mailings and may subscribe to the Federation's journal Medical and Biological Engineering & Computing at considerably reduced rates. Other benefits include access to the network of Canadian biomedical engineers and biomedical technologists, and focus for professional development and change.

The Canadian Society for Bioengineering

Bioengineering encompasses a number of fields involving interactions between humans and biosystems, where the latter can range in scale from microbes to Earth’s entire biosphere. Hence, ‘bioengineering’ refers to the conception, design, construction, modification, enhancement, and operation and control of a wide variety of systems. These may be industrial, agricultural, recreational or social in nature, but they all contain greater or lesser quantities of biological components of various types, including humans. Some of the predecessors of bioengineering were agricultural mechanization, agricultural engineering, food engineering, and fermentation and these are still very significant currents in the discipline. They all sprang from an overall need for larger volumes and greater reliability of supply of a range of commodities to sustain human life, and they all contributed to major increases in the production of food, animal feed, energy-bearing and building materials, as well as various bioproducts such as fur, fiber, hides, drugs, etc. Recent social changes are now causing a demand for the engineering of systems that can operate more sustainably. This means that in their design and operation the needs and continued existence of non-human components, as well as whole-system robustness and stability, are accorded much greater importance than before. This trend is resulting in new currents such as biosystems engineering and ecological engineering which are now beginning to strongly influence bioengineering’s further development. Accordingly, the mission of CSBE is to: - Advance the discipline of bioengineering: the application of engineering principles and practices to systems containing biological components as a major feature. - To develop and adopt standards of practice for bio-engineering. - To develop means of professional development for bioengineers.




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