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CBU to host Engineers Nova Scotia on December 1st

Engineers Nova Scotia, the licensing and regulatory body for professional engineers and Engineer-in-trainees working and or practicing in Nova Scotia is hosting an annual holiday reception and networking session at Cape Breton University. The event slated for December 1st will be held at the CBU Pit Lounge from 5 PM – 8PM. The event, although advertised exclusively for members and their guests, will allow students from Cape Breton University to attend through registration. (Link here)


Caper Times reached out to Dr. Allison Mackie, P.Eng, councilor in the 2022-2023 Council for Engineers Nova Scotia and an Assistant Professor with the department of Engineering at Cape Breton University to gather more information on the Annual Holiday event as well as future events by Engineers Nova Scotia.


“Although the website states that it is only for guests, everyone is welcome as my guest. The more the merrier. It is great for the students to interact with people in engineering”; said Allison. However, she recommends prior registration for the event on the website.


Allison further informed that the CEO of Engineers Nova Scotia, Pal Mann has accepted an invite to conduct a short presentation at CBU on the same day during collaborative time.

“The presentation is at the RBC lecture hall between 11.45 AM – 12.45 PM. I do not know the topic of the presentation, but everyone is welcome” detailed Allison. “Registration is not necessary, and pizza will be provided. It is during the collaborative time”, added Allison.


Since there are classes scheduled before and after the event, Allison believes it will be a quick presentation but hopes the CEO sets aside time to take questions from the audience, especially the Internationally Educated Engineers.


Engineers Nova Scotia support for students

Apart from providing various scholarship opportunities to university students, Engineers Nova Scotia also assists students develop their skills. The students affairs committee within Engineers Nova Scotia, helps provide multiple activities for Engineering students and provides speakers to talk about Engineering in schools and universities. Similarly, the Emerging Professionals committee provides guidance and support for Engineer-in-training candidates while the Women in Engineering committee strives to increase participation of women in engineering and foster advancement. Information on the various communities and volunteer groups are detailed on Engineers Nova Scotia website. (Link here)


Allison is happy to help students at the university regarding various activities and the process of application to the association. “The website explains the process of application. But if you need my help to reach out to a committee, you can contact me”; said Allison.


Allison has been a councilor with Engineers Nova Scotia since September 2022 and is one of the representatives for the area outside Halifax metropolitan region. Allison began her journey as an Engineer with an engineering diploma from the then University College of Cape Breton (UCCB). She then transferred to Dalhousie University post 2 years at UCCB to complete the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering, where she also completed her master’s and PhD. She currently teaches 1st & 2nd year Bachelor of Engineering Students at Cape Breton University.

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