Chemical Engineering Students' Society

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ChESS Wong Building, Room 1130, 3610 University St., Montreal, QC, Canada
Instagram @chessmcgill
U0/U1 Involvement Opportunities [1]

The Chemical Engineering Students' Society (ChESS) is a student organization representing all of the undergraduate Chemical Engineering students at McGill University. ChESS exists to promote student life and learning, through developmental workshops, tutorials, academic forums, industry tours, corporate cocktails and end-of-year banquets.

ChESS Council, 2020-2021

Organizational Structure

The Constitution by which ChESS currently operates was approved in the 2012-2013 academic year. This official document lays out not only the restrictions and norms that the council follows in day-to-day activities but also the structure of the organization itself. The Vice-Presidents primarily carry out tasks to fulfill ChESS's purpose, while U-Reps act as a direct liaison between students and society.

Executive Council

2022-2023 Council
Position: Name: Email:
President Emma Friesen
VP Finance Adam Abouzahr
VP Internal Raquel Moratinos
VP External Leila Mégevand
VP Academic Aysha Mohammed
VP Events Shaza Yousef
VP Engagement Antonella Navarro
VP Communications Katia Hwang
U0 Representative Sachin Peterson
U1 Representative Sarah Wamboldt & Emma Wright
U2 Representative Andreas Schaedle
U3 Representative Chaeeun Lee
U4 Representative Tatiana El Khouri
Equity & Mental Health Coordinator Valerie Monticone & Mark Hayden
2021-2022 Council
Position: Name: Email:
President Tatiana El Khoury
VP Finance Kenzie Younes
VP Internal Emma Friesen
VP External Raphael Sorbo
VP Academic Thinh Bui
VP Engagement Raquel Moratinos
VP Communications Juliana Ferraro
U0 Representative Sarah Wamboldt
U1 Representative Jude Sinclair
U2 Representative Chaeeun Lee
U3 Representative Tirza Pang
U4 Representative Gianluca Zeppetelli
Equity & Mental Health Coordinator Antonella Navarro
2020-2021 Council
Position: Name:
President Matthew Nohos-Katsaros
VP Finance Angel Hebert
VP Internal Tatiana El-Khoury
VP External Sophia Roy
VP Academic Gregory Brock
VP Engagement Kenza Diouri
VP Communications Leila Megevand
U0 Representative Serena Kim
U1 Representative Maya Charky
U2 Representative Jia Sun
U3 Representative Ali Beydoun
U4 Representative Ryan Zelnicker
Equity & Mental Health Coordinator Juliana Ferraro
2019-2020 Council
Position: Name:
President Hemanshu Anand
VP Finance Rahul Behal
VP Internal Laurianne Champagne Cossette
VP External Gregory Brock
VP Academic Aastha Goyal
VP Engagement Kenzie Younes
VP Communications Tess Seip
U0 Representative Luiza Monteiro
U1 Representative Tatiana El-Khoury
U2 Representative Elia Benchekroun
U3 Representative Matthew Nohos-Katsaros
U4 Representative Matt Smrke
Equity & Mental Health Coordinator Tinetendo Makata
2018-2019 Council
Position: Name:
President Hunter Oakes
VP Finance Steven Reng
VP Internal Anna Symon
VP External Hemanshu Anand
VP Academic Alexander McCarthy
VP Engagement Andrea Trac
VP Communications Matt Smrke
U0 Representative Gregory Brock
U1 Representative Kaye Wong
U2 Representative Tess Seip
U3 Representative Andre Lee
U4 Representative Daniel Szydlowski
Equity & Mental Health Coordinator n/a
2017-2018 Council
Position: Name:
President Ameer Nizami
VP Finance Daniel Szydlowski
VP Internal Emma Ferrabee
VP External Julie Choinard
VP Academic Rachel Mot
VP Engagement Steven Reng
VP Communications Sam Lapin
U0 Representative Laurianne Champagne Cossette
U1 Representative Hemanshu Anand
U2 Representative Anastasia Startseva
U3 Representative Leena Struzina
U4 Representative Kerry Lawless
Equity & Mental Health Coordinator n/a

Our Community

Events are organized by the VP Internal, VP External and the VP Engagement. Fall Banquets are held at local Montreal restaurants, and the annual Gala takes generally takes place at an independent venue, celebrating the culmination of each year. Apartment and pub crawls are very popular, and are organized both as a Chemical Engineering specific event and with other engineering departments. At the beginning of each semester, "Welcome Back" events take place, such as our U1 Welcome, class gatherings, BBQs and chill events at bars.

Our Events

Events are organized by the VP Internal, VP External and the VP Engagement. A calendar of all events can be found at

  • Fall Banquet: is held at local Montreal restaurants (End of Fall Semester)
  • The Annual Gala: takes place at an independent venue (End of Winter Semester)
  • Apartment Crawls: popular events which are organized both as a Chemical Engineering specific event as well as with other departments
  • "Welcome Back" Event: takes place to bring the department together after Summer Break
  • BBQs: fun fundraisers in the Fall & Winter
  • Blues Pub: two annually in the McConnell Basement with the purpose of raising funds for ChESS
  • Corporate Cocktail in Winter Semester brings together relevant chemical engineering companies to discuss job prospects for the undergraduates.
  • Industry Tours are created to show chemical engineers real-life examples of principles and theories learned in coursework.
  • Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference - We organize a delegation of undergraduates to represent McGill Undergraduates and learn about current trends and developments in the chemical engineering industry.

Academic Aid

ChESS has designed coursepacks for core courses that have low-class averages. Currently, the collection covers 7 courses:

  • CHEE 200
  • CHEE 314
  • CHEE 380
  • CHEE 484
  • CHEE 400
  • CHEE 423
  • CHEE 440

We also have access to funds to pay TA’s for Review Sessions - Talk to the VP Academic! This falls under the EUSF fund which depends on the number of students enrolled in the program. VP Academic also controls a fund called the EFC that allows the Professors fund equipments for their labs once a year. VP Academic holds at least one academic forum per semester where students get to give feedback on courses. This feedback is forwarded to the Department Chair and actions are taken if necessary. So student feedback is greatly valued in the department.

In the Summer of 2016, ChESS initiated a program that aims to create tutorial content online for courses that students struggle with under the portfolio of VP Academic.

Career Help

Each spring the Corporate Cocktail takes place, yielding a point of contact between students and prospective employers as well as an opportunity for students to gain valuable information and hone their networking skills. Industry tours are organized to local Montreal companies, and a group of students is sent to the CSChe Conference each year.

Our Hubs

The Chemical Engineering Lounge is located at WONG 1130. In the meantime join us in our DISCORD ROOM!! Resources available there:

  • Fridge for keeping your food
  • Coffee for those long nights
  • A stapler for your assignments
  • TV with HDMI Coord
  • Projector with VGA Coord

Entertainment Systems available there:

  • Nintendo Wii - Super Smash Bros
  • PlayStation 4 - FIFA
  • Popcorn Machine
  • Free Food that somehow stumbles into the room

The Design Room is located at WONG 1040 and is available to students registered in CHEE 453 or CHEE 456/457. Chemical Engineering-related software is installed on these computers as it is an EMF lab.