Conferences are a great opportunity to meet engineering students from other schools, develop your leadership and professional skills, and learn about how engineering societies work at other schools. The Engineering Society sends delegates to various conferences every year. While some spots are reserved for certain Society positions, there are many opportunities for students who are passionate about engineering to attend as well. See the list below for descriptions of the conferences that we attend.

Canadian Federation of Engineering Students Congress (CFES Congress)
The CFES Congress is the annual general meeting of all CFES member schools. This meeting lasts a week and is an opportunity to network with members from other schools, attend leadership development sessions, and attend sessions given by industry professionals.

Engineering Student Societies Council of Ontario Annual General Meeting (ESSCO AGM)
ESSCO AGM introduces the new council of VP Externals to ESSCO, PEO, OSPE and the CFES as well as their new role on council. The focus of this conference is leadership development and the sharing of best practices. This is achieved by having external speakers and previous ESSCO alumni run sessions and speak to delegates. The ESSCO Executives for the next year are elected at ESSCO AGM, and the ESSCO Executive and VPs External of member schools set the direction of the organization.

First Year Integration Conference (FYIC)
FYIC is a leadership development conference for first-year students looking to get more involved in their respective engineering societies. Delegates are introduced to what CFES, PEO and OSPE are and how they work with ESSCO. The first years participate in session designed to develop leadership potential, breaking down first year barriers, and learning ways that they can improve their own engineering society.

Professional Engineers Ontario Student Conference(PEO-SC)

Organized with the support of PEO, PEO-SC is a professional development conference that introduces delegates to the work of PEO and the benefits of obtaining a P.Eng license. Delegates are exposed to the licensing process and the PEO Student Membership Program, and have an opportunity to listen to speakers discuss the future of the engineering profession in Ontario. Delegates also get a chance to participate in activities that are designed to get the thoughts of students in regards to problems facing the engineering profession.

Conference for Diversity in Engineering (CDE)
The Conference for Diversity in Engineering is a conference aimed at different issues faced by women in the engineering world, and recently has been expanded to include general diversity issues in engineering. This conference has sessions run by industry professionals, as well as workshops about outreach.


Hosting a CFES or ESSCO conference will not be accepted by the Waterloo Engineering Society without a majority vote in support of the EngSoc Board of Directors.  Please contact  with any questions and to arrange a time to present your conference proposal/bid.