Canadian Federation of Engineering Students

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The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) (Fédération canadienne étudiante de génie in French) is the national association of undergraduate engineering student societies in Canada and exists to organize activities, provide services and interact with professional and other bodies at the national and international level for the benefit of Canadian engineering students. The organization is a bilingual non-profit corporation based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, managed by a volunteer team of engineering students and recent graduates from across Canada.


Mission Statement

The goal of the CFES is to solicit, represent, organize and exchange views, information and activities pertinent to the goals of the members at a national level as to ensure their moral, intellectual, cultural, academic, social and economic well-being, and to improve the quality and scope of Canadian engineering education. The means by which this will be done are:

  1. Offering bilingual opportunities which foster the development of the following facets of an engineering education:
    • Leadership
    • Professional and Ethical Qualities
    • Engineering Identity
    • Technical Proficiency
    • Communication
  2. Provides representation on issues relevant to engineering students in Canada and affiliate itself with any organization pursuing the same goals,
  3. Promotes the free exchange of ideas and experiences to support the constant evolution of student environments across Canada.

Canadian Engineering Leadership Conference (CELC)

The flagship event of the CFES and formerly known as Congress, CELC serves as both the Annual General Meeting of the Federation, as well as a leadership development forum for engineering students from across Canada. CELC is typically held in the first week or January, spanning a full week of leadership development sessions, informational presentations, guest speakers from industry, a career fair and culminating in plenary, the decision making body of the CFES. At CELC, the CFES National Executive and other officer positions are elected, and bids are made to host other CFES activities.

CELC has two primary functions. First, it is a bilingual annual general meeting for The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students. Delegates discuss student council best practices and bring home actionable ideas to improve the students’ experience in engineering. The second function is to further develop our student leaders; the delegates attend workshops hosted by both experienced students and event sponsors.
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The CFES Project Magazine, also known as Promag, was a magazine published by the CFES and distributed to member schools. ProMag has been discontinued in 2012 due to a shifted interest in providing an online journal that is more easily accessible. Additionally, the content of ProMag did not any longer satisfy the desires of CFES members. Subsequently, Promag was replaced by the CFES Publication (also called the Pub), which is an online publication that is focused on promoting the research and super-curricular activities of Canadian undergraduate engineering students. Despite not being declared so, the Pub is also dead, as the last public post on their website was in 2014.


Canadian Engineering Competition

The Canadian Engineering Competition is an annual competition involving more than 150 of the best and brightest engineering students from across Canada. In order to compete at CEC, one must first succeed the ranks of the McGill Engineering Competition, followed by the Quebec Engineering Competition.


Conference on Diversity in Engineering

The Conference on Diversity in Engineering aims to encourage discussion and collaboration between engineering students and professionals around the theme of diversity in engineering. CDE delegates will not only leave the conference with a solid understanding of the issues cultural minorities encounter in the engineering profession, but they will also be equipped to appropriately address these issues.