The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) is a not-for-profit corporation originally founded in 1887 under the name “Canadian Society of Civil Engineers” (not to be confused with today’s CSCE which is the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering). At the time, the reference to “civil engineers” was chosen to differentiate the society’s members from “military engineers”. The original society name was changed to the Engineering Institute of Canada in 1918 to reflect the diversity of engineering it represented as a learned society.
For nearly a hundred years, the EIC’s membership was made up of engineers of various disciplines of mechanical, civil, geotechnical, chemical and electrical engineering. Starting in 1970, subgroups decided to incorporate as independent societies that also remained as EIC Constituent societies. Hence started the slow transition to what the EIC officially became in 1986: a federation of technical societies. There are now 12 constituent societies that are part of the EIC federation, to which belong over 25,000 Canadian engineers.
The Mission of the EIC is to:
- Recognize outstanding engineers from amongst the members of its constituent societies by awarding senior medals and inducting Fellows at an annual Awards Gala.
- Assure the quality of lifelong learning programs by authorising learning providers to issue continuing education credits (CEUs) to engineering professionals.
- Preserve engineering history and archives.
- Run a career site (job board) specialising on engineering jobs.
- Organise series of national conferences on topics of interest to Canadians and a broad spectrum of the engineering community: e.g. Climate Change Technologies, Development of the North.
- Manage the EIC Fund, a registered charity (see below).
- Provide administrative services to member societies; e.g. CSME and CSEM.
The EIC does not get involved in regulatory matters. The latter is the purview of Engineers Canada and its provincial/territorial licensing bodies.
The EIC Fund
The EIC Fund is a registered charity whose primary aim is the recognition of excellence and the advancement of engineering and engineering education in Canada. Specifically, the EIC Fund:
- Supports a quality assurance program that recognizes quality providers of continuing education and professional development. These providers commit to internationally-recognized process standards for the delivery of their courses as a condition for issuing EIC-accredited Continuing Education Units.
- Annually recognizes outstanding engineers from amongst the members of the twelve EIC Constituent Societies with Fellowships and Medals at a prestigious awards gala.
- Recognizes outstanding Canadians who have influenced the engineering profession by installing them as Honorary Members of the EIC. Sustaining members may nominate candidates for this distinction.
- Donates to specific organizations that foster an interest in engineering on the part of youth, e.g. Youth Science Canada, the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation, EPIC Award for Excellence Scholarships and CDA Scholarships.
Decisions on use of the EIC Fund are made EIC Council (trustees). Individual members of EIC Constituent Societies may submit funding requests for specific initiatives or uses of the EIC Fund in writing directly to their own Constituent Society, which shall vet such requests prior to submission to EIC Council. For more information regarding the EIC Fund, please visit its listing on the CRA Charities Directorate.