Author: Kelsey Crawford
For those of you who do not know, the CFES is the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students. This a chance for VP Externals all across Canada to come together and discuss major issues in their respective regions. I (Kelsey Crawford) attended as VP External in order to represent the Western Engineering student society across Canada. This year it was in St. John’s, Newfoundland so we got to discover the East coast. These are the students all across Canada that are representing Engineering for the 2016-2017 year.
The main purpose of this weekend was to allow the incoming VP Externals to familiarize themselves with CFES. By the end of the weekend we were able to focus on what we would like to achieve as an organization. In order to get the VP Externals more involved, we have decided to create working groups. The main focus of the two working groups are bilingualism, and advocacy.
It is important that CFES is a fully bilingual organization, as we are representing Canada as a whole. This year we have to decided to allocate more funds to translation to ensure that the Quebec schools can be properly involved in the conversation.
Advocacy is a core part of the CFES. Right now we are trying to decide what the CFES should be working towards on behalf of the engineering society. Our current focus is on the engineering academics. Right now the Canadian Accreditation Engineering Board is in charge of creating the requirements for graduating from engineering. We as a council felt that it was important to have a student involved in that discussion, and therefore are currently lobbying to get a student a seat on that board.
Another issue that the CFES has been facing is who should be promoting their organizations. Should they go directly to the students or through the VP Externals? The VP Services Nicole Barber has come up with the initiative to send out monthly newsletters. This way the students can have an easy access to all the events going on within the CFES. Look forward to this coming out!