CFES President’s Meeting Recap

CFES President’s Meeting is one of the two major meetings of our national organization: the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students. On September 23rd-25th, CFES PM was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland by Memorial University. We sent Mark Bancroft, one of our two Conference Directors, to represent UBC Vancouver’s engineering undergraduate students. Here’s what he reported back:

Saturday was a day of discussion sessions, where we were given Officer and other status updates. It seems like a majority have been doing a fair amount of work and getting a lot accomplished, which looks positive. CFES has been developing a number of partnerships, and is the process of securing $60,000 of sponsorship from Engineers Canada. There were also discussions about various topics, including the Leadership Stream, Lean 6 Sigma, Student Engagement, and others. In addition, two working groups were proposed – one for advocacy, and the other for bilingualism. I am now co-leading the Advocacy Working Group, and though we have yet to finalize our terms of reference, we will most likely be doing research into issues pertinent to the CFES.14536756_10153743885785303_818928127_o

Sunday was Plenary, where we large debated two types of motions:
The first was expanding the small school’s travel fund, where we are now allowing schools to apply for Plenary sessions such as PM as well as Congress. In addition, due to the location of the conferences, we increased this budget to $8,500 from $4,000. While this increases our budget deficit, the Officer team believes we will come under for this year. Additionally we have over $50,000 in our accounts, so in the interest of making CFES more accessible, I chose abstain instead of vote no for this motion.
14513716_10153743885730303_1733986336_oThe second topic was dealing with bilingualism. Currently the written translation services are insufficient for the French schools, so we voted to increase the translation budget to $1,500 from $500.
Lastly, CFES has not been able to reach the VP Academic in over a month, so we voted to give him a week to resign after which the CFES will be holding applications and appointing a new VP Academic for the remainder of the year.
More details from the weekend can be found at this link: