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.
- 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:
- Provides a quality assurance program that recognizes providers of continuing education and professional development. These providers commit to internationally-recognized standards for the delivery of their courses.
- Annually recognizes outstanding engineers from amongst the members of the twelve institute member societies with Fellowships and Medals at an 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.
The EIC Fund also donates to organizations that foster an interest in engineering on the part of youth, i.e., Youth Science Canada, The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation, and the IEEE Canada Foundation.