Student Affairs



Charles-Darwin AnnanWELCOME MESSAGE

CSCE Student Chapters: Opportunities for Professional Development

Charles-Darwin Annan, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Chair, CSCE Student Affairs Committee


Once again, a new school year is here with us and on behalf of the CSCE Student Affairs Committee, I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to all civil engineering students across Canada. While you may come from different places with different stories, you all share a common goal to succeed in this journey. The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) wishes you well.

YES, academic excellence is key in developing your future civil engineering career, and you will be engrossed in your studies throughout the school year to acquire very important engineering skills. But let me remind you that equally important 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.), and this is the very reason why you will find joining a CSCE student chapter worth your while. And if there is no student chapter in your school, START ONE! YOU CAN, and we are here to assist you. Participation in CSCE student chapter activities gives you the opportunity to visit engineering works, help organise student events, run for student leadership office, prepare written reports and make oral presentations, participate in local, regional and national CSCE meetings and conferences, and interact with other civil engineering students from different schools. You will be preparing yourself for entry into our noble profession.

The 2018/2019 academic year was hugely successful. Congratulations to BCIT for winning the President’s Award for the most Outstanding Student Chapter; Waterloo and Laval scooped second and third places, respectively; uOttawa was judged the most improved chapter and UNB, UBC and Western received honourable mention. Congratulations also go to uOttawa for winning the National Civil Engineering Capstone Design Competition (Waterloo and Laval took 2nd and 3rd places resp.); ETS Montreal for winning the Canadian Steel Bridge Competition (Hohai (China) and UBC took 2nd and 3rd places resp.); and Polytechnique Montreal for winning the Canadian Concrete Canoe Competition (Sherbrooke and Laval took 2nd and 3rd places resp.).

This school year, I envision new opportunities and I encourage every student to take advantage to enrich yourself and start building those lifelong and valuable professional networks. We will continue to provide support to you. This is the time to get involved.

Dr. Charles-Darwin Annan is a 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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