WESST EM 2016 Recap

Photo credit: Erica Mason

The WESST EM organizing committee: SFU Burnaby. (PC: Erica Mason)

WESST is a network of thirteen engineering student societies at schools across western Canada – from British Columbia to Manitoba.

WESST Executives Meeting is a conference held in May that serves as an opportunity for engineering student society executives to discuss best practices, transition incoming and outgoing executives, and learn from each other. It is also an opportunity to discuss the direction of WESST itself, as it includes a plenary session.

This year, SFU Burnaby (colloquially, SFU Mountain) hosted WESST EM.



UBC-V's delegation (PC: Erica Mason)

UBC-V’s delegation (PC: Erica Mason)

This year, we sent five delegates: the incoming and outgoing conference directors (Meagan & Erica), the incoming President (Jeanie), the incoming VP Spirit (Kylie) and the incoming VP Academic (Jakob). Three of our delegates – Erica, Kylie, and Jeanie – ran sessions to share their skills with other schools.


On Thursday evening, we arrived and checked in. We spend most of the evening meeting other schools, prepping our sessions, and reviewing the documents for plenary.


Friday was the first real day: we began by getting on a bus and heading out to SFU Burnaby. The mountain was a little drizzly in the morning, but by midday the sunshine had broken through and it was absolutely gorgeous.

We started the morning with an introduction to WESST, before we parted ways to go to our morning sessions. Erica, Meagan and Jeanie went  to “Alex’s Meeting”, a pre-plenary discussion lead by the WESST President, while Jakob headed to “Effective Team Management”and Kylie headed to a session on “Avoiding Burnout”.

After regrouping for lunch, we joined a larger discussion on Inclusivity.

For the rest of the day, we had some free time – so much free time, in fact, that we ventured back to UBC to gather some patches and become Travelling Red Sales. Would recommend: we sold a lot of UBC Engineers swag to other schools. #everyonelovesredsales


Day three was the meat & bones of the conference – pretty much all the sessions happened on Saturday. We were at the SFU Harbour campus, and got a chance to see their spiffy downtown location. Three of our delegates ran sessions on Saturday, and they went pretty well if we don’t say so ourselves!

Check out the sessions we attended:

Stream A Stream B Stream C
Effective Policy Writing

Host: UVIC-B

Attended by: Kylie & Jakob

Lead the Change

Host: UBC-V (Erica)

Attended by: Jeanie

Organizing Conferences & Competitions

Host: SFU-B

Attended by: Meagan

Mandates & Moving Forward

Host: WESST Executives

Attended by: Meagan & Erica  & Jakob

Going to the Bank

Host: WESST VP Finance

Attended by: Jeanie

Planning Events

Host: U of C

Attended by: Kylie

Learn to Excel!

Host: WESST VP Finance

Attended by: Jeanie

Campus Culture

Host: UVIC-A

Attended by: Kylie


Host: WESST Executives

Attended by: Meagan & Erica (& partially Jakob)

Effective Transition

Host: UBC-V (Kylie)

Attended by: Jeanie


Host: SFU-B

Attended by: Jakob

Extra Extra!

Host: UBC-O

Attended by: Kylie

Branding & Marketing

Host: UBC-V (Jeanie)

Attended by: N/A

Faculty Relations

Host: UVIC-A

Attended by: Jakob

Events & Services Review

Host: U-Sask

Attended by: Kylie & Jeanie

Alumni Panel

Host: WESST EM Chair + various alumni (including our past president Andrea Palmer!)

Attended by: all delegates

After a day jam-packed full of learning, we finished off the day with a dinner at Cloud 9, the revolving restaurant. It was an opportunity to regroup and network with other schools – as well as to continue selling patches. Those Godivas sure went fast!


Your EUS continues working! We learned some things, met some people, and have some new ideas – stay tuned this summer for our plans for 2016-17.


All photos credit Erica Mason (or at least Erica’s camera if she’s in them! 😉 ).

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