I am writing this from my home in Surrey, BC, on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Katzie, Tsawwassen, Stolo, Wasanec, and Kwantlen.
We are on target for our first in-person obligation ceremony in over 3 years, scheduled for May 2, 2022 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East Exhibit Hall). We recently held an information briefing webinar and I was very pleased to see many of you online, and to hear your questions and interest in the ceremony. A recording of the webinar is located here, and I strongly encourage you, if you are attending on May 2, to watch the webinar sometime before the ceremony. It will answer questions about procedure, when, where, what to expect, and even dress code (business casual, with a mask).
We know that a few people will not be able to attend on the rescheduled May 2 date, and we are preparing alternatives including an online ceremony which will be about the beginning of June (date to be confirmed), attending the 2023 ceremony, or receiving a refund. If you are unable to attend May 2, please wait until after May 2 – we will contact you and we will present your options at that time.
Our hope is that you are not doing this to gain an iron ring, but rather that you take the time to heed the words and counsel of your peers and colleagues as guidance for your profession. The ring is important as a symbol of this obligation and code of ethics that we all adhere to as Canadian engineers. We look forward to you joining this fellowship.
Finally, good luck and best wishes as you wrap up your last classes and exams. If you are a senior candidate, we similarly hope that you can take the time to reflect on what this ceremony and obligation will mean to you as the date approaches.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or the appropriate warden (see Contact Us) and we will do our best to answer (but first check the website to see if the answer is there).
Neil K. Hemrajani Singh, P.Eng.