With the end of 2019 we greet 2020 with renewed energy and enthusiasm. SWE Toronto has many exciting events planned for the upcoming year as well as plentiful opportunities to get involved in our committees as well as on our board.
2019 has been a busy and fruitful year for our affiliate. We rang in the new year with a newly formed board and in June, had our first ever election and AGM (Annual General Meeting - open to all SWE Toronto members and volunteers). By the end of 2019 we had a full 13-member board ready to serve the Toronto SWE community.
Returning this year you will see our National Engineering Month (NEM) event which will take place in March and of course our International Women in Engineering Day event (INWED) which will take place in June.
We will also continue to host the events that we do best, which include our monthly Coffee Club held last Saturday of each month at Coffee Creeds Bar on Dupont and our SWE Speaks events held monthly, typically mid-month. We will also aim to host more SWE Social events to help us have a bit more fun in 2020!
Being almost halfway through the year of my term as president I can say with confidence that SWE Toronto is better than ever. We are the most active Global Affiliate in the world and it brings me great joy to see where we are today compared to where we were when we first started. Now we have a full 13-member board, 20+ volunteers, dozens of events under our belt, and a set of bylaws. We have received recognition from SWE headquarters in Chicago who helped us to achieve Not-fot-Profit (NFP) status February this year. We have signed a partnership with OSPE (Ontario Society of Professional Engineers). And we have been called to the table for 30 by 30 discussions by PEO who recognizes our importance and presence in the Toronto community.
I look forward to meeting more of our SWE Toronto community in the rest of the 2019-2020 active SWE Toronto year and help assemble the SWE Toronto 2020-2021 board of directors. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about being active on the board. You can reach me at president_Toronto@swe.org