The Canadian Society for Senior Engineers, formerly the
Life Members Organization of the Engineering Institute of
Canada, is new in name but not in mission. The objectives
of the society are to:
- Assist in the broad field of engineering education
for youth preparing to enter university in engineering
- Assist by financial support of student projects in the field
- Encourage and facilitate communications between members
of the engineering fraternity who want to keep in touch
their contemporaries by holding meetings, luncheons, and
other functions, as well as through E-mail and regular mail
- Publish a newsletter twice each year to keep the membership
informed of the activities of the Society.
Membership in the Engineering Institute of Canada is defined
in terms of society membership. EIC now has nine member societies,
and the newest is the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers.
CSSE is a full member of the EIC Council and, as such, shares
the responsibility of promoting the functions of the EIC.
Membership in the CSSE used to be tied to past membership
in a member society of EIC. This limitation has been removed.
Currently, an engineer who has practiced in Canada and who
has extensive employment experience is eligible to become
a member of the CSSE. In light of the objectives of the CSSE,
there is much to be gained by encouraging persons who have
experience in the field of engineering, regardless of their
membership in technical organizations, to become involved
in activities of the society.
Membership Application Forms
CSSE President Nelson Ferguson, P.Eng.
There is no annual fee for membership in CSSE, but members
are requested to make a donation; a receipt will be issued
for income tax purposes. These member donations are the source
of funding for student projects.
The society actively supports the promotion of engineering
at the youth level. Supported activities include youth science
fairs, the EIC Speakers Program at Dalhousie University,
cash awards for students at the National Science Fair, and
financial support towards the purchase of a cosmic ray detection
system for high school students, to name just a few. The
society has also arranged for senior engineers to speak to
students on topics relevant to the engineering curriculum.
It is to the great benefit of engineering education that
CSSE members take an ever-increasing role in bringing the
promotion and understanding of the engineering profession
to Canada’s youth.
Another extremely important role for CSSE is to assist EIC
in its sustaining members campaign. The current membership
of CSSE includes many engineers who have distinguished themselves
in the profession and who have many contacts within the engineering