Student Affairs



Charles-Darwin AnnanWELCOME MESSAGE

New Academic Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities
Charles-Darwin Annan, Ph.D, P.Eng., MCSCE
Chair, CSCE Student Affairs Committee

After the eventful last school year, a new academic year is here and on behalf of the CSCE Student Affairs Committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all civil engineering students across Canada. Throughout the school year, you will be engrossed in your studies to acquire very important engineering skills to earn your degrees and diplomas. But let me remind you that equally important, and not typically covered in our classroom curricula, are personal development (e.g. leadership, goal setting, self reliance, can-do attitude, etc.) and professional development (e.g. teamwork, interpersonal relationship, project management, ethical behaviour, etc.). Many aspects of these personal and professional matters are the very reason why you will find joining a CSCE student chapter worth your while (membership is FREE). And if there is no student chapter in your school, WHY NOT START ONE? The Student Affairs Committee is here to assist you, and there are useful resources available on our website ( to help new and existing student chapters thrive. I can guarantee that your active participation in your student chapter will help you to enrich yourself and begin making those lifelong professional contacts.

This year, we will focus on building and strengthening inter-chapter interactions using social media. Some student leaders who attended the chapter leaders’ workshop in Fredericton, NB, in June have started working to build the required platform to launch this interesting initiative. Remember CSCE student chapters are for students to lead, set their own goals, plan and execute.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to Professors Paul Thurston (BCIT), Yi Liu (Dalhousie University) and Tirupati Bolisetti (University of Windsor) for their contribution to Student Affairs in the last five years. And I would also like to welcome Professors Alan Lloyd (University of New Brunswick), John Adam Gales (York University), Saber Moradi (Ryerson University) and Ali Imanpour (University of Alberta) as new members.

Dr. Charles-Darwin Annan is an associate professor of civil engineering at Université Laval and can be reached at

Unprecedented Student Participation at Fredericton, NB

Charles-Darwin Annan, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Chair, CSCE Student Affairs Committee

The 2018 CSCE Annual conference in Fredericton, NB, in mid-June recorded an unprecedented participation of CSCE student members from every corner of Canada. In fact, the experience as expressed by the students themselves was beyond just participation. For CSCE, it was a huge step forward in achieving its core strategic direction to grow with the youth. As National Chair of Student Affairs, I would like to thank my committee members, the Young Professionals (YP) team, and every volunteer who worked diligently to ensure this great success and to provide the right platform for our students to initiate valuable professional contacts.

Congratulations to UBC Vancouver for winning the President’s Award for the most Outstanding CSCE Student Chapter; Western and BCIT Student Chapters scooped second and third places, respectively; Concordia and Laval made the most significant improvement, and UNB and Waterloo received honourable mentions for the most consistent performance. Mr. Martin Bolo, faculty advisor for BCIT Student Chapter, received a Certificate of Commendation for his outstanding contribution to his Chapter.

Congratulations also go to Université de Sherbrooke for winning the National Civil Engineering Capstone Design Competition; UBC Okanagan and Memorial University of Newfoundland for taking second and third places, respectively. École de techechnologie supérieure (ÉTS) was the winner of both the Canadian National Concrete Canoe and the Canadian National Steel Bridge competitions. Congratulations, ÉTS.

Individual students also made their mark in the student research paper and presentation competition. Congratulations to: Laurent Gérin from University of Waterloo for winning the Structural Specialty Award; Thomas MacLean from University of New Brunswick for winning the Materials Specialty Award; Timothy Vogel from University of Saskatchewan for winning the Environmental Specialty Award; Jacob Stolle from University of Ottawa for winning the Disaster Mitigation specialty Award; Danny Haines from University of Calgary for winning the Transportation Specialty Award; and Henry Helmer-Smith from Royal Military College of Canada for winning in the General Conference category.

This is the time to get involved. This is the time to make your FREE student membership count and be part of a rewarding experience. Get involved in your CSCE Student Chapter today and begin those lifelong and valuable professional contacts.

Dr. Charles-Darwin Annan is an associate professor of civil engineering at Université Laval and can be reached at


Dr. John Adam Gales, York University (Member) –

Dr. Alan Lloyd, University of New Brunswick (Member) –

Dr. Ali Imanpour, University of Alberta (Member) –

Dr. Saber Moradi, Ryerson University (Member) –


Click here for a list of Student Chapters with contact information for Chapter Presidents and Faculty Advisors.

This competition will take place at the CSCE 2018 Annual Conference to be held in Fredericton, NB, June 13-16. It recognizes the top student papers presented at the conference. Application deadline is the same as the abstract deadline set by the conference.
Application Form Competition Guidelines
The next annual CSCE Capstone competition will be held during the 2018 CSCE Annual Conference in Fredericton, NB on June 13 – 16, 2018. This competition is open to all senior undergraduate students in an accredited Canadian civil engineering program. Each civil engineering department is invited to submit a nomination for a single entry into the competition in any specialty area of the field (Structural, Construction, Geotechnical, Geomechanics, Hydraulics and Water Resources, Transportation or Environmental Engineering), for projects completed during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Competition Details
Information regarding nominations can be found at Honours and Fellowships.
CNSBC Website
Application for this award is the submission of your chapter’s Annual Report.

CSCE sponsorship includes funding for the competition organizing committees, trips to the Annual Conference for reps of winning teams, provision of judges, rule review, and more.

DONALD JAMIESON FELLOWSHIP Established in 1987 in honour of the late Donald Jamieson, a prominent and talented structural engineer from Vancouver, B.C., the fellowship is awarded to full-time graduate students in structural engineering at a Canadian University. Please contact the civil engineering department at your university for application details.

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