The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
Message from your Chapter Chair

Welcome to the Near North Chapter.

In these uncertain and trying times, OACETT has launched the # Onward Together campaign to offer support and assistance to all of our 25,000 + Members. I encourage each of you to view President Pickett’s video on the OACETT home page and should you benefit from any assistance or support OACETT is offering, I encourage you to reach out and take advantage of all that your Professional Association can offer.

The Near North Chapter stretches from the Severn River in the south, to Temagami in the north and from Mattawa in the east, to Verner in the west. Our three primary population centres are the City of North Bay, the District of Muskoka and Parry Sound District.

The Near North Chapter has approximately 440 members with:
   - Predominant disciplines: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Environmental, Building Science and Bio-Technical:
   - 60% are located in close proximity to North Bay;
   - 40% reside in Muskoka and Parry Sound;
   - 72% of Members are Certified – C.E.T., C.Tech or AScT;
   - Approximately 10% of Chapter Members are Female.
 
The Near North Chapter actively promotes and supports our Members by way of Networking, Outreach and Engagement events, and Professional Development  activities which  include:
   - PEO / OACETT Engineering Day Symposium  in January;
   - Near North Chapter ACM in April;
   - PEO / OACETT Annual Spring Fling to benefit Community Living North Bay in May; 
   - Representation at the OACETT Provincial AGM in June. 
   - Participation in National Engineering Month events, local Science Fairs and First Robotics Competitions;
   - Offering CPD Sessions and Industry Facility Tours;
   - Providing support and mentorship to students at Canadore College and Georgian College.

Please consider sitting on the Chapter Executive and help lead OACETT’s engagement in the Near North.
I encourage you to contact me with Event Suggestions (both Social and Professional), CPD Opportunities, facilitating an Event, participating on the Chapter Executive or any Questions or Comments you may have.
 
I look forward to meeting each you at a Near North Chapter event or function this year and I am always available  @ nearnorth-chapter@oacett.org 

Please ensure your member information is current and correct, so that you are included in all of the Chapter Activities, Networking Events, CPD Sessions and Information Updates.
 
Stay Healthy !

David Saunders, B.E.S., C.E.T., Fellow OACETT
Near North Chapter Chair

 
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