The year 2013 was marked by the revelation that in Canada, there is a dire shortage of Canadian engineering skilled workers. A study by IBM added that by 2016, there might be a shortage of almost 100,000 . The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters further re-iterates this point. In light of these events, it is beneficial to look at the historic perspective of events. This article published in 1990 talks about a similar shortage then. The lessons from this article are still relevant and worthy of being republished.
The tragedy at École Polytechnique was a testing time for the engineering community in Canada. This article aims to look back at those times and understand how hard it was on the engineering community. It also aims to encourage further change because we are not where an ideal engineering community would be.
Let’s look at the past of congress. Something that has led us all to where we are now.
This article was published in the inaugural issue of Project Magazine in December 1984. In light of the recent evolution of Project Magazine into CFES PUB, this article provides a good historic perspective.