Engineers can become members of several professional boards and associations. Each has its own requirements and benefits of membership.
Engineers Canada is the national organization of the provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 260,000 professional engineers.
Engineering is a self-regulated profession. Engineers Canada exists to support the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies. Together, we work to advance the profession in the public interest.
Established in 1922, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) licenses Ontario's 64,000 professional engineers, and sets standards for and regulates engineering practice in the province. It has a statutory mandate under the Professional Engineers Act to protect the public interest where engineering is concerned. Rigorously educated, experienced and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public interest first, licensed professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names.
Established in 2000, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is a member-interest, advocacy organization, created jointly by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Canadian Society of Professional Engineers (CSPE). OSPE is a partner with ONWiE is offering the GoEngGirl outreach program.
Discipline Specific Professional and Technical Societies
In addition to these national and provincial societies, each discipline in engineering also has specific technical associations or societies for people working in these fields. A few examples are listed below:
Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) is a non-profit organization devoted to the business and professional aspects of consulting engineering in Ontario. Its membership of over 285 firms from across the province includes companies of all sizes from sole proprietorships to the largest engineering firms.
Today, the EIC is a federation of technical "Member Societies" pursuing their common interests and cooperation. Within the national Canadian engineering community as a whole, the EIC niche includes: the promotion of "continuing education standards" and the "EIC CEU", providing an opportunity for engineers to record their "professional development" on-line, recognition of individuals with "Awards" and preservation of Canadian Engineering "History and Heritage".
Founded in 1898, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian Minerals, Metals, Materials and Energy Industries.
The CNS is dedicated to the exchange of information in the field of applied nuclear science and technology. This encompasses all aspects of nuclear energy, uranium, fission and other nuclear technologies such as occupational and environmental protection, medical diagnosis and treatment, the use of radioisotopes, and food preservation.
Providing a wide range of opportunities for learning about geotechnical engineering and related geosciences. Most of the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s structure and activities are directed towards continuing education in various forms. This is done through a combination of local groups in all regions of Canada, technical divisions in all principle areas of geotechnical activity, conferences, seminars, workshops, and publications. All of these are described in more detail in their Website.
The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) is an organization representing the interests of civil engineers. Through its programs and services, the CSCE offers you opportunities for professional growth, career enhancement and financial benefit.
The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) is an organization representing the interests of chemical engineers. Through its programs and services, the CSChE offers you opportunities for professional growth, career enhancement, and financial benefit.
As the only Canadian Society in the domain of Mechanical Engineering with the exclusive potential of providing a forceful voice for the discipline, the CSME provides the following services: mechanically oriented technical activities, professional development for expanding competence of the members, forum to exchange opinions with other members of the discipline and make recommendations to government and the public, undergraduate technical activities, international access to technical meetings and to foreign publications at discount rates, and technical involvement through technical discussions.
The Canadian Society for Engineering Management (CSEM) had its beginnings as the General Membership of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) representing those engineers who had no affiliation with the either civil, mechanical, electrical or geotechnical societies. In 1990, CSEM changed its mandate in order to focus on the needs of engineers in management. Today, CSEM continues as one of the six constituent societies of the EIC.
Founded in 1965, the CMBES is Canada's principal society for engineering in medicine and biology. It is affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). CMBES is also a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC).
The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.