Engineering & Geoscientists BC 2019
Last week Engineers & Geoscientists BC held their annual conference in Kelowna.
This event has been designed to bring together some of the most innovative and inspiring engineers in the province. Additionally it is an opportunity for professional development, business networking and catching up with old friends. In fact, there was numerous mentions of the 78’ UBC Engineering class, which contained a number of this year’s delegates and exhibitors.
The conference was launched with a challenging and insightful presentation by Clarence Louie, chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band. He spoke on the investment of first nations into local projects in the Okanagan and the vision for the future.
The conference then shifted into a variety of professional development sessions and keynote presentations.
One of the highlights of the event was the lunchtime presentation (sponsored by the UBC Master of Engineering Leadership) by George Kourounis, current explorer in residence with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and past presenter of the popular TV series “Angry Planet.” He was able to share his experiences facing some of the world’s most dangerous, yet magnificent natural phenomes. This included first hand recounts into experiences inside the Naica Chrystal Cave in Mexico, through to the carnage of hurricane Katrina. His key message was that fear itself should not hold us back, as fear can be something that drives us forward instead.
It is this type of message that is commonly heard from Master of Engineering Leadership students. As they are looking to make change, there is fear associated with going back to study and taking time to invest in their future. However, this fear has driven them to seek a program that offers more than a piece of paper. They were driven to find a program that has clear goals for its graduates, as well as a unique curriculum that is designed to challenge and enhance their current skill set.
If this is something that also inspires you, learn more at mel.ubc.ca.