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History of the Academy

The Academy was founded in 1987 and was one of the highlights of the celebration of the Centennial of engineering as an organized profession in Canada. Following discussions with existing professional and technical engineering societies and associations it was generally agreed that the establishment of a completely independent Academy of Engineering was essential - to constitute a forum for discussion and a vehicle for action, relative to national issues in which engineers may provide a unique point of view based on their training and experience.

A group of 44 prominent Canadian engineers were invited to become founding fellows of the Academy and the first meeting was held in Montreal on May 20, 1987, on the occasion of the Centennial Congress of Engineering when some 3000 Canadian engineers representing 25 Canadian engineering societies from all disciplines and regions were in attendance. The late Dr. Robert Legget was elected as the first President and the late Dr. Leopold M. Nadeau agreed to act as Secretary / Treasurer of the newly formed organization.

Subsequently, a charter and by-laws were approved and letters patent obtained, federally incorporating the Academy as a not for profit corporation on February 16, 1988.

Four years later, a formal Coat of Arms was granted and presented by the Governor General at its June 7, 1992 annual meeting. The current Logo designed from parts of the Coat of Arms was then officially adopted.

In 1991, the Canadian Academy became a full member of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, which is an international federation of 26 such academies throughout the world, thereby achieving the international status reserved to a limited number of well established engineering academies having accomplished a number of major projects.

See listing of Past Presidents since inception of the Academy in 1987

See listing of Past Executive Directors since inception of the Academy in 1987 

Engineering in Canada

Engineering degrees (especially in Canada) are incredibly valuable today, and may be your ticket to the kind of financial future and fulfilling career you've always dreamed of. Obviously, becoming a student of engineering is going to be a difficult task in and of itself. You're going to need a bit of background in math and science, and a strong tendency towards order, discipline, and organization as well as the kind of laserlike focus that can pay attention to critical details without glossing over important elements. At the same time, there are all kinds of engineering fields that give you the opportunity to pursue your dreams while also enjoying the financial benefits of being an engineer. Your options are literally limitless, especially when you consider the fact that your engineering degree in Canada is going to be worthwhile all over the globe. However, there are a number of different things that you'll want to pay attention to and focus on before you decide to dive headfirst into the world of engineering in Canada. Though the list below is nowhere near the complete or comprehensive breakdown of all the details you'll want to pay attention to, it's more than enough to give you a rocksolid foundation to move forward with. So long as you commit to making the right decisions throughout your educational track to becoming an engineer (as well as other financial and life decisions along the way), you should have no real trouble whatsoever securing your engineering degree from a prestigious college, university, or institute of higher learning with next to no real headache or hassle! Let's jump right in!

Choosing your field of study in engineering

First of all, you're going to want to figure out exactly which field you'd like to specialize in when it comes to engineering in Canada. There are so many different kinds of engineers at that are necessary today that you will find an almost infinite amount of possibilities in front of you, including a number of career opportunities that you may have never even considered previously. Most people are familiar with civil engineers, electrical engineers, computer science engineers and mechanical engineers, and those are incredibly popular choices for new engineering students that are just looking to get started down the engineering career path. However, there are also a number of engineering opportunities just outside of that beaten path. We're talking about agricultural engineering (dealing specifically with agricultural production, farming, and other engineering sciences revolving around agrarian focuses), architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, ceramic engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, and industrial engineering and that just begins to scratch the surface! The important thing to remember here is to go into your early engineering education within open mind until you find something that really strikes you as interesting, involving, and something that you can become passionate about (if you aren't already). If you're serious about pursuing an engineering career as a lifelong decision, that passion, fire, and dedication is going to be necessary later down the line.

Looking at the job prospects for engineering in Canada (and across the globe)

Secondly, you'll want to look at all of the different job prospects that are available for engineering in Canada as well as those all over the planet. We are living in one of the most exciting (but volatile) economic times in human history. Globalized markets are a very, very real thing and it's not just a term that refers to the shipment of products all over the globe any longer. People are using their very marketable skills (including those in engineering) all over the planet to land far more lucrative positions than they would have if they limited themselves to a single geographical area, and a lot of people are fighting for some very high-end positions right here in Canada. On top of that, engineers will almost always be necessary to push human advancement just a bit further down the line then where they found it and that is especially true here in Canada. Engineers are a critical part of the backbone of this nation, pushing new innovations, new advancements, and new ideas into fruition so that we can tangibly take advantage of the things that engineers dream up. You're also going to want to look at different engineer career opportunities that provide you with different financial opportunities as well. Certain career fields in engineering pay better than others, and a number of engineering career fields offer fantastic starting salaries without a lot of upward movement whereas others are the exact opposite. Obviously, you'll need to really focus on the goals that you have established for yourself before you decide to jump into one specific engineering path or another. The financial aspects of this decision are definitely going to play a critical role in the engineering career you decide to move forward with, and it's crazy to pretend that it wouldn't. Definitely look at the money before you make your decision, or you may end up going down a path that will leave you on fulfilled in one way or another.

Focus on getting your degree as inexpensively and as efficiently as possible

One of the most important things you can take away from this quick guide is the overall importance of getting your engineering degree in Canada just as inexpensively and as efficiently as possible without sacrificing the value of your education. Remember this there is a world of difference between the cheapest engineering in Canada education and the least expensive but still very valuable engineering in Canada education, and it's a distinction that you'll want to become very, very familiar with. At the end of the day you are going to want to pursue the kind of engineering degree from a specific higher learning organization that gives you the best chance of learning all of the foundational aspects of your field of engineering while also giving you a great shot at landing amazing career opportunities moving forward. Sometimes you're going to have a rather difficult decision ahead of you, trying to figure out whether or not it's the right move to take considerable student loans to secure a much more prestigious engineering in Canada degree or to cut back on your expenses and instead focus only on getting that piece of paper and then making your name out there in the real world while getting paid. Obviously, there is no right way to make this kind of determination. However, you'll want to make sure that you are doing absolutely everything in your power to cut down on the amount of debt you end up taking the kind of debt that could end up crippling you financially for the rest of your life. Never (under any circumstances) make long-term decisions based off of short-term criteria. It's a surefire recipe to end up with a real mess on your hands later down the line.

Make sure you save money as an engineering student to avoid financial trouble in the future

Finally, you're going to need to make sure that you take care of the financial side of things while you are an engineering student in Canada. This means working out a monthly budget that you can stick to, staying as far away from credit cards and consumer debt that will saddle you with ridiculous financial obligations for no real reason whatsoever, and trying to get out from underneath any bad debt that you have already accrued. One of the biggest reasons that people deal with stress and pressure in our modern world is that they just don't have enough money to do everything and anything that they want. This can often result in some pretty poor financial decisions being made (especially when we are young and impressionable engineering students in Canada), and have little to no understanding of how these decisions are going to impact us later in life. So if you are able to take a couple of steps back and look at the financial decisions you are making (or the financial decisions you intend to make) and really try to analyze them from a long-term perspective before pulling the trigger and going through with them, you'll be able to get a lot of extra clarity in your decision-making. This will inevitably pay considerable dividends for years and years to come. Those that are serious about becoming engineering experts in Canada definitely have an established path to follow, one that is responsible for producing hundreds of thousands of highly qualified engineering professionals on a regular basis. Make sure that you pay attention to the insider information above, and you should have absolutely no trouble whatsoever joining that select group of professionals. All you have to do is commit yourself to your dreams and goals, find the right educational opportunities and career path, and put your nose to the grindstone. With hard work, persistence, just a bit of common sense, and the information in this quick guide alongside you, you will be one of the best engineers in Canada in no time at all!


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