It's day three and the Western delegation to the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students' Congress is having a great time at the activities and learning lots that can be brought back to the Undergraduate Engineering Society. Today was filled of great speakers and topics. The two favorites were the lunch and learn with Statoil and the talk from Larry Smith.
Two members of Statoil talked all about their company as we enjoyed a delicious lunch of fajitas from the Delta Hotel in Kitchener. David Ralph, Manager of Operations Offshore and Erin Davies, Environmental Engineer, informed all the students of the achievements and successes of Statoil. The size of their company, their environmental consideration, and their business views, all make Statoil into a very interesting company. Since it is a conference incorporating all Canadian engineering students, it was great for the non-Albertan students to learn more about an oil company. The many view points in the room also allowed for a very diverse and successful question period.
Larry Smith, an economics professor at Waterloo, was a very charismatic, impactful and enthusiastic speaker. He had the entire room glued to his every word. Throwing many great jokes into his speech and making lots of jabs at civil engineers, he spoke about the need for creativity in engineering. Society is demanding new and creative solutions to every problem, and engineers need to embrace this fact and continue creating instead of implementing old technologies. Whether it's the discipline of civil, software, or chemical, Smith spoke his opinion on the great need of new creative, unique solutions and products. Finishing with a sad but also inspiring story of the dreadful train wreck of 1942 in Almonte, On; Smith exclaimed that new technologies are now making the world a safer place. It is the only speaker of the three days that has received a standing ovation from the crowd. We hope to see many more inspiring speakers such as Smith.
Half way through the conference, we are all thrilled to learn and develop skills to bring back to Western. Tomorrow marks the start of Plenary, where Kathryn Kim, VP External, will vote on behalf of Western for minor amendments of motions, nominations for new positions on the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students. We are all very excited for the remaining days, and can't wait to learn more from other engineering societies.