Queen's Engineering Society

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Engineering Society of Queen's University
Abbreviation EngSoc
Motto Renowned Spirit, Unrivaled Excellence[citation needed]
Formation 1897
Purpose Representative body for engineering students
Taylor Sawadsky
Affiliations Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Website engsoc.queensu.ca

Formed in 1897, the Engineering Society of Queen’s University, often known as EngSoc, is one of the oldest representative bodies for engineering students in Canada and continues to be a leader in student initiatives. With 2400 members currently staying on campus, 15 thousand active alumni living throughout the world, and an annual budget of $1.2 million, the Engineering Society oversees some 45 student-run initiatives ranging from design projects to services to fun social events.[1]


Structure & Organization[edit]

The Engineering Society is led and directed by a three-person student executive team who oversee the society's general operations, services, communications, and representation. They manage the corporate, government, and academic sides of the Engineering Society, maintaining, creating, and revising programs, services, and policies. The executive is elected by the Applied Science student population annually in January as a slate with the positions of President, Vice-President (Operations), and Vice-President (Student Affairs).

Working closely with the elected Executive Team is a team of Directors, who are hired through an interview process by the new Executive shortly after they have been elected. These Directors generally have specific portfolios under the President or one of the Vice-Presidents which pertain to duties of a more logistical nature. This team of Directors currently consists of the Director of Events, Director of Conferences, Director of Finance, Director of First Year, Director of Internal Affairs, Director of Professional Development, Director of Services, Director of Information Technology, Director of Communications, Director of Academics, Director of Design, and Director of Human Resources .[2]


Clark Hall Pub[edit]

Clark Hall Pub is a traditional hangout of engineering students at Queen's University. It is run by the Queen's Engineering Society, and is located in Clark Hall, above the Campus Bookstore. First opened in 1971, Clark Hall Pub is the oldest pub on the Queen's campus and was Canada's first completely student-run pub. In June 2007, despite 06/07 being the most profitable and well attended year in recent history, Clark Hall Pub was closed indefinitely by the Engineering Society, so the Society could exert more control over the management. Since then it has re-opened and resumed normal operations as of October 2008.

Clark Hall Pub has also been home to many successful acts, including The Tragically Hip, Bedouin Soundclash, Poison Ibey, Arkells, Arcade Fire, as well as crowd favourites Horse and Mule, The Radical Dudez, The Cowboys and satirists Khaki Snack.

Golden Words[edit]

Main article: Golden Words

Golden Words is a weekly humour publication produced by students at Queen's University from across all faculties. Currently, it is the only humour weekly in Canada. It has been published by the school's Engineering Society since 1967. Along with the Queen's Journal, it is one of the two main student-run publications on campus, and boasts a circulation of 9,000.

The Tea Room[edit]

The Tea Room is a new student service at Queen's University that is striving to incorporate environmental sustainability and education into the world of coffee, tea and cafes. The Tea Room opened October 5, 2006.

The broad goal is to create a welcoming and engaging student environment. This would be a stage for the education of patron on their worldly ecological footprint, and empowerment to take manageable, proactive steps to minimize our daily negative impacts.

Opening initiatives include a vermi-composter program, an energy monitoring program as well as a "carry your travel mug" campaign, where discounts were and still are provided to those who bring a travel mug to be filled.

Campus Equipment Outfitters (CEO)[edit]

Campus Equipment Outfitters (CEO) is a student operated retail operation. As a service of the Queen's Engineering Society, their goal is to provide affordable engineering merchandise as well as completing custom clothing orders for student teams and groups. CEO also sells the infamous Applied Science Jackets (see GPA).

Integrated Learning Constables (iCons)[edit]

The Integrated Learning Constables is a student-run staff service that keeps the Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) open past regular business hours. These students stay after regular employed staff have gone home and provide such services as rental of equipment, access to computer labs and being alert and aware to keep the students in the building safe.

Science Quest[edit]

Science Quest is a student operated science camp for children who are entering grade 4 to 8. Their goal is to teach science and computer related activities to young minds while having fun.[3]

Design Teams[edit]


  • Queen’s Engineering Competition (QEC)
  • Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference (CEEC)
  • Conference on Industry and Resources Queen’s University Engineering (CIRQUE)
  • Queen's Space Conference (QSC)
  • Queen's Global Innovation Conference (QGIC)


  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Positive Allies and Queers in Engineering (PAQE)
  • Queen’s Energy and Commodities Association (QECA)
  • Queen's FIRST Robotics Team (QFRT)
  • Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID)
  • Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO)
  • Women In Science and Engineering (WISE)

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