An update from the Seven Wardens about the ongoing review of the Iron Ring Ritual. An international student’s perspective on the Iron Ring tradition. The results from APEGA’s council election. The city report of the Castledowns Pointe condo building recommends changes for public safety. These were the most-read stories in the Daily Media Report in mid-March.

The Seven Wardens Provide an Update on Ritual Review. The Ritual Review Committee has been meeting regularly since February 2022 to move forward with its mandate “to make the Ritual meaningful and inclusive for all candidates”. After considering all feedback, the Corporation has decided to keep the best elements of the traditional ritual and embed them in a modernized ceremony. A new framework for the ceremony has been developed which keeps traditional elements like the Obligation and the presentation of the rings, and provides for updated text emphasizing the history of the ceremony, the values being promoted, and their application to modern engineering.

An international student’s perspective on Canada’s Iron Ring tradition. The Iron Ring’s deep tradition and symbolism fascinated Ushaan Hindolia as an international student. With a history spanning over 90 years, the Iron Ring is a significant part of the Canadian engineering culture. This past week, Hindolia was one of 447 candidates to receive their iron rings at a ceremony known as The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. Worn by many trained engineers, it serves as a reminder of their responsibility to the public and the potential consequences of their mistakes. A significant milestone for any Canadian engineer, the experience felt even more monumental for Hindolia, an international student who felt honored and grateful to be embraced by Canadian culture.

APEGA announces results of the 2024 APEGA council election. The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is pleased to announce that Terri Steeves, P.Eng., has been voted president-elect in the 2024 APEGA council election. Margaret Allan, P.Eng., P.Geo., has been elected to serve as vice-president. Four councillors were also elected.

The city report of the Castledowns Pointe condo building recommends changes for public safety. An investigation report by the City of Edmonton has found that the construction of a condo building evacuated due to structural problems in September did not align with design drawings, confirming what engineers determined last year. Among its recommendations to improve public safety: Communicate and regulate roles and responsibilities under the Safety Codes Act with stakeholders in the design, construction, occupancy and maintenance of buildings and other structures; Develop and deliver investigation training and reporting mechanisms for safety codes officers; Have the provincial government and professional organizations provide a continuing education campaign; and Review consumer protection programs.