Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering Student Society

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The Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering Student Society
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Lounge Location: Trottier 1060

The Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering Student Society (ECSESS) is a student organization in the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill. ECSESS is dedicated to improving student life and making students time in McGill Engineering as memorable as possible. ECSESS strives to provide the best for ECSE students by representing them on the department and faculty levels. We’re also committed to addressing academic concerns, organizing challenging and educational activities. We make our home in Trottier 1060. Our lounge has a foosball table, free coffee and tea, a PS4 and Xbox One and much more!

For more information, please visit our website and Facebook page.

Social Events

First Year Welcome Party

Hosted during the first week of the Fall Semester, ECSESS invites all of its incoming U0/U1 students to its Welcome Party to congratulate them on their acceptance into McGill, to meet their student council, learn about opportunities to get involved within ECSE, enjoy some free food and meet their fellow classmates!


ECSESS Coffee House 2016

ECSESS Coffee House is held twice a year in the EUS Common Room. Come warm up to a nice cup of coffee, have some sweets, and enjoy some of your classmates' amazing musical talents. (all acts are welcome!)

Blues Pub

Twice a year, ECSESS hosts a pub in the basement of the McConnell building, in the common room. Come enjoy a beverage and a grilled cheese, try your hand at our die games and socialize with fellow engineers and friengineers.


Banquet is held twice a year, in a Montreal restaurant. It is a nice opportunity to wine and dine with your fellow classmates (and sometimes profs) and to finish off a semester in high spirits!

Pancake/Bagel Breakfast

Our famous pancake breakfast run several times per semester, in mornings and provides you with delicious breakfast food to fuel your hustle! You can grab and go to your early morning classes or enjoy your time at our lounge and chill with fellow ECSIES! You BUTTER come!


- St. Viateur Bagels with butter or cream cheese or jam: $2

- Regular Pancakes: 2 for $1 or 5 for $2

- Chocolate Chip Pancakes: 2 for $1.50 or 5 for $2.50

- Blueberry Pancakes: 2 for $1.50 or 5 for $2.50

- Toppings (1 scoop of strawberries and 1 scoop of bananas): $0.50

~ Gluten free / vegan pancakes are available for the same prices, just ask the server! ~

- Coffee: 1$ (creamer, regular milk, soy milk and almond milk will have their presence)

- Orange juice: 1$

Trivia Night

Teams of 4 compete in a prize-filled trivia night with questions related to:

- ECSE Trivia

- McGill/EUS Trivia

- Geography

- Entertainment

- Food

ECSESS Apparel Sale

We host two apparel sales in our Academic Year. Our first sale is hosted in November of the Fall Semester and our second sale is hosted in March of the Winter Semester. ECSESS offers two clothing brands in its apparel sale: Gildan and Bella Canvas. There are zip ups , hoodies, crew necks, t-shirts , long sleeve shirts and sweatpants available for Gildan. Zip ups, hoodies, crew necks and baseball tees available for Bella Canvas.

Cash payments are done in the ECSESS Lounge (TR 1060) between 10AM to 4PM or through the Typeform secure online payment. SAMPLES are available to try on in the lounge (TR 1060) from 10AM to 4PM throughout the year 👚👕🧢 And best off all, ECSESS subsidizes the tax amount for all undergraduate students  !! 💯💯

Academic Events

Industry and Professor Speaker Series

Curious about what your professionals and professors do? The industry and professor speaker series are a great way to discover their passions! Come hear them speak about their education, career path, research and interests.

Academic Forum

Academic forum is a great place to voice your concerns, suggest improvements, and ask questions about your courses, curriculum, and workloads. ECSESS hosts the academic forum near the end of the Fall and Winter semesters.

The academic forum is another way that you can anonymously provide feedback that will be documented and relayed to the professors and academic advisors. An academic report is drafted by your VP academic and submitted to both the department and the VP Academic of the EUS. The comments noted here often affect how the curriculum is formed in the future, as well as cause change to class organization and workloads.

In attendance will be your Department Chair and Associate Chairs, as well as the Undergraduate Program Manager; sometimes professors will sit in on the forum too. This is a great opportunity not only to have your voice heard, but to hear how your peers are doing as well.

DPM Social

You think the labs were hard? Get ready for the group project!!! (Just kidding, you got this!)

ECSESS organizes its DPM Social twice a year, where you can mingle with your classmates and learn some tips and tricks on how to make it through the DPM project! We invite the course professors, TAs, and survivors from previous semesters. Free food and beverages are served.

Professional Events


CodeJam is a 48-hour team-based programming competition fueled by great minds and energy drinks. McGill University's ECSESS is collaborating with some of Montreal's biggest software companies to make a challenging, real-world application problem for you to solve. The yearly website can be found at codejam.mcgilleus.ca


Are you looking for an internship or a full-time job? Do you want to connect with the engineering industry? ECSESS offers you the opportunity to visit some awesome companies in Canadian cities of high tech industry. Companies in the past years included Shopify, Cisco, Ciena, Alcatel Lucent, IBM and more! Usually held in February, come join us and make connections and friends along the way!

Montreal Company Crawl

Looking for a job/internship in Montreal? Not sure which company has the best environment for you? ECSESS hosts two company crawls per year, where students go around to a few different companies and receive tours of the office and presentations on opportunities available for students. It's a great opportunity to present yourself to employers in person and make a great impression!

Speed Networking

ECSESS hosts two Speed Networking events in the Fall and Winter semesters respectively. We host representatives from tech companies that provide valuable information regarding the industry and working with them. It is an excellent opportunity to network with recruiters and secure internships or full-time jobs at some of your favorite companies.


The ECSESS Lounge

The ECSESS Lounge is located on the first floor of the Trottier building (TR 1060). It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. During those times, a member of the ECSESS Council will be hosting office hours and is available to answer questions, sell tickets for events or stamp posters so that they can be put on the Trottier bulletin boards.

Study Room Bookings

Study rooms on the fifth floor in Trottier can be booked by students. Rooms 5103, 5014, 5015, 5106, 5107 are available on bookings.mcgilleus.ca, access with a Google account. Every room comes with a conference table and a blackboard. Chalk can be requested from an ECSESS council member in the Lounge (TR 1060) at anytime between 10am-4pm. Room 5105 is the largest room and room 5103 is the smallest.

Student Council

The student council consists of an executive committee and yearly departmental representatives. The executives positions are:
Current ECSESS Council (source)
  • President,
  • Vice President Finance,
  • Vice President Internal,
  • Vice President External,
  • Vice President Academic Affairs,
  • Vice President Administration,
  • Vice President Communications,
  • Vice President Technical Development.

The representatives positions consist of:

  • U0 rep
  • U1 EE Rep
  • U1 CE Rep
  • U1 SE Rep
  • U2 EE Rep
  • U2 CE Rep
  • U2 SE Rep
  • U3 EE Rep
  • U3 CE Rep
  • U3 SE Rep
  • U4 EE Rep
  • U4 CE Rep
  • U4 SE Rep


2019-2020 Council
Position: Name:
President Elie Elia
VP Finance François-Eliott Rousseau
VP Internal Dafne Culha
VP External Laurie Zaccarin
VP Academic Gabrielle Doucette-Poirier
VP Administration Sabrina Chan
VP Communications Massiva Mahamli
VP TechDev Tyrone Wong
U0 Representative Dina Shoham
U1 Electrical Engineering Representative Nikhil Jebesh Moses
U1 Computer Engineering Representative Ali Tahmasebi
U1 Software Engineering Representative Amelia Cui
U2 Electrical Engineering Representative Nicolas Bieber
U2 Computer Engineering Representative Catherine Caron
U2 Software Engineering Representative Katie Younge
U3 Electrical Engineering Representative Evelyne Sanscartier
U3 Computer Engineering Representative Paul Hooley
U3 Software Engineering Representative Ammar Rudani
U4 Electrical Engineering Representative Bogdan Dumitru
U4 Computer Engineering Representative Ajay Patel
U4 Software Engineering Representative Yuliya Volodina
2018-2019 Council
Position: Name:
President Catherine Vanasse Grosdidier
VP Finance Alex Moreau
VP Internal Anna Bieber
VP External Cara Zhang
VP Academic Evan Laflamme
VP Administration Massy Mahamli
VP Communications Elie Elia
VP TechDev Erick Zhao
U0 Representative Dina Shoham
U1 Electrical Engineering Representative Dafne Culha
U1 Computer Engineering Representative Christos Cunning
U1 Software Engineering Representative Emile Brulé-Champagne
U2 Electrical Engineering Representative Jude Habib
U2 Computer Engineering Representative Paul Hooley
U2 Software Engineering Representative Spencer Handfield
U3 Electrical Engineering Representative Francois-Eliott Rousseau
U3 Computer Engineering Representative Michael Vaquier
U3 Software Engineering Representative Raphael Di Piazza
U4 Electrical Engineering Representative Mohamed Reda El Khili
U4 Computer Engineering Representative (Mental Health Rep) Gabrielle Doucette-Poirier
U4 Software Engineering Representative Bogdan Dumitru


First Year Council

The ECSESS First Year Council was established in 2019, named ECSESSBits. It is overseen by a U1 ECSESS Council Representative and the ECSESS VP Adminstration. It is in charge of organizing and running events specifically tailored to our first year ECSE students.

Events Committee

The events committee is an extremely low commitment, yet valuable involvement opportunity (helping with 1 event per semester)! No previous experience whatsoever is needed for a position and it's a fun opportunity to meet other ECSIES!

Positions available are

- Banquet Coord: (1 person) 🍷🥂🍾

- Campus Events Coords: (1-2 people) 🥞☕️🍕

- Blues Pubs Coord (1 person) 🍻🥪🎲

- Crawls Coord (1 person) 🏠🚶‍♀️🍻

CodeJam Committee

The CodeJam committee is in charge of organizing and running CodeJam. The committee is part of the VP Technical Development's portfolio.

The organizing committee consists of the following sub-teams:


2)Web 💻🖥


4)Sponsorship 🗝🔑💸

5)Logistics 💪😎🙋



ECSESS RoboElectronics is an organization aiming to teach McGill ECSE students basic hands on electrical and electronics skills. Through weekly workshops, they teach you everything you need to know in order to build and program your own autonomous robot. What’s more, an end of semester competition will tie everything in and allow you to measure your skills against your fellow classmates. By joining ECSESS RoboElectronics, you will gain: problem solving skills, the ability to work in teams in order to accomplish a complex task and, last but not least, technical knowledge not taught in class.


The Factory

Email: thefactory@mcgilleus.ca

3630 University St.
Lorne Trottier Building

Montreal, QC H3A 0C6

The Factory is a hardware design lab run by students, for students in the department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering at McGill University. The Factory is a dedicated space in room 0080 of the Trottier building for developing personal projects, gaining experience with the latest hardware, or just brainstorming ideas with fellow students. The Factory aims to foster an environment of innovation and collaboration where the resources are provided to make your ideas become a reality.

The Factory's managerial committee consists of:

Head Manager

Technical Director

Workshop Planner

Communications Manager

General Managers