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Students stage award-winning engineering bash

By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Five Confederation College students from the School of Engineering, Technology and Trades were recognized May 26 for their efforts in hosting the 4th Annual Technology Conference and Career Fair in Thunder Bay.

The event took place in March.

Matthew Coulombe, Shawna Fletcher, Shannon Loukola, Bradley Romeo and David Wilson represent the first student group to receive the award from the Ontario Association of Engineering Technologists and Technicians (OACETT) for organizing the best college event tied to National Engineering Month.

They received $2,500 and individual one-year association memberships. The team donated their winnings to the local OACETT chapter to bolster a local bursary fund.

“They really did an exceptional job in showcasing the talent of engineering technology students, raising awareness of the profession and inspiring a new generation of technicians and technologists,” said association president Stephen Morley.

“The students showcased exactly how important engineering and technology are to the way we live and the challenges we face as a society,” added Bruce Elliott, the college’s program coordinator of civil engineering technology.

The students competed against groups from Centennial, Conestoga, Loyalist, Seneca and Sheridan Colleges.

The Thunder Bay event included guest speakers and opportunities to network with technology professionals and potential employers.  It wrapped up with a dinner featuring keynote speaker, Dawne Lambe of Nipissing University’s Biomass Innovation Center, who discussed how engineering and technology would help humanity survive the impending zombie apocalypse.

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