Dear Students,
 
The OIQ participates in its own way in National Engineering Month, a nationwide initiative to promote the profession to young people and highlight excellence in engineering. Here is an overview of the activities that are scheduled across Québec.
Recognition events
 
In March, the OIQ will kick off recognition events, known as Soirées reconnaissance, which will take place in several regions. These events are meant to:

- welcome the approximately 2,000 new engineers, who obtained their engineer’s permit last year. Now that they have completed their junior engineer period, they may work fully independently.
- encourage Québec’s vital next generation of engineers by awarding 47 scholarships from the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec Foundation, i.e. thirty $3,000 Next Generation Scholarships to students in university programs and seventeen $2,000 Scholarships for the Future to college-level students. Didn’t submit an application for scholarships this year? Do it next year by consulting the Foundation’s site.
- promote engineers’ contributions to society and highlight their excellence, by awarding regional recognitions to companies that have delivered innovative engineering projects with significant impacts. 

Other activities in the field
 
The volunteer engineers on the OIQ’s regional committees will be very busy promoting the profession to young people in the month of March: visits to secondary students and participation in career days at CEGEPs and regional activities such as Science Fairs, the Défi génie inventif or Les filles et les sciences. At the provincial level, the OIQ also supports Les filles et les sciences, the FIRST Robotics Québec competition, the PontPop Competition and the Aboriginal Science Fair.
 
You too can promote the profession to young people. Do you like studying engineering? Mention it to people you know who are considering their career options.
 
Happy National Engineering Month!
 
Kathy Baig, Eng., FEC, MBA
President