Canadian Council of Professional Engineers

Canadian Council of Professional Engineers

February 25, 2005 16:40 ET

CCPE: National Engineering Week, 2005: The Bridge Between Education and A Career


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FEBRUARY 25, 2005 - 16:40 ET

CCPE: National Engineering Week, 2005: The Bridge
Between Education and A Career

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 25, 2005) - National Engineering
Week, taking place this year from February 26 to March 6, is an
opportunity for Canadians across the country to celebrate engineering,
as well as to discover future professional engineers.

While today's youth may currently be concerned with reaching higher
heights while skateboarding, or figuring out how to reduce wind friction
while competing in provincial track and field events, students may soon
be applying these concepts to their future engineering careers.

Created to promote engineering as a career choice to students aged 8
through 14, National Engineering Week aims to build a bridge between the
math and science courses that students take in both grade school and
high school, and the application of this knowledge in an engineering
discipline. Youth learn that they have what it takes to create
innovative projects that can have an impact on their generation, while
working effectively in teams.

"With interactive events such as bridge building contests and design
competitions, National Engineering Week gives students a taste of how
exciting it is to be an engineer," says Marie Lemay, P.Eng., ing., Chief
Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
(CCPE).

According to Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., CCPE's President, "National
Engineering Week allows Canada's youth to discover engineering and its
diverse career opportunities. Many of the activities organized attract
students who are in, or who will be entering high school. These
students must make important choices on the courses they need to succeed
in their chosen profession. By gaining a better understanding of what
it means to be an engineer, and of all the opportunities that are open
to them, young Canadians can make a more informed decision about their
class selection, and ultimately, their careers."

This year, more than 500 National Engineering Week activities, organized
by engineering students, faculties, provincial and territorial
engineering licensing bodies in Canada, will be held in various
communities across Canada.

For a detailed listing of what is taking place in your province, or for
more information about National Engineering Week, visit www.new-sng.ca

CCPE is the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial
associations/ordre that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada
and license the country's more than 160,000 engineers.


BACKGROUNDER

National Engineering Week, 2005:

The Bridge Between Education and A Career

What: National Engineering Week (NEW) 2005 is an opportunity for
Canadians across the country to celebrate the profession, as well as to
discover future career opportunities in engineering.

When: An annual event, National Engineering Week is taking place this
year from February 26 to March 6, 2005, while provincial- and
territorial-driven activities are taking place throughout March.

Who: NEW is geared for children of all ages, especially youth between 8
and 14 years old. The week is run by volunteers and staff from the 12
provincial and territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice
of engineering in Canada. Current engineering students and university
faculty also organize and hold events.

Why: To celebrate engineering with young Canadians, and to raise their
awareness of the importance of choosing the right courses in school, in
order to keep their future career opportunities in engineering open.

Where: In communities and cities across Canada, NEW activities will be
held in malls, museums, schools and other locations. A detailed listing
of the events taking place during NEW 2005 can be found on the NEW Web
site at http://www.new-sng.com

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
    Marc Bourgeois
    Director, Communications and Public Affairs
    (613) 232-2474 ext. 238
    marc.bourgeois@ccpe.ca