Western Engineering Competition


Are you ready for WEC 2017?

In 2010, a group of WESST member students put together a bid to host Canada’s largest engineering student conference: CFES Congress. No conference had ever been hosted without a school and Engineering Student Society behind them. If the challenge of an organizing committee spread-out through different provinces wasn’t enough, they also proposed hosting Congress 2012 in Whitehorse, Yukon. This legendary and successful event has spurred an honorary unofficial group called the Yukon Engineering Students’ Society that maintains the spirit of students coming together to achieve something never done before.

Three years after the Yukon Congress, a new group of WESST students took on the challenge of hosting WEC when no other school was willing. Holding to tradition, the organizing committee decided to host WEC 2017 in a city that doesn’t have a WESST member school. Although Whitehorse came up, it didn’t make financial sense and the decision landed on Banff. The theme of Collaboration was selected because the nature of engineering relies on interdisciplinary and diverse teams, and also because of the collaboration required for the Yukon team to host the event. Now we ask you to collaborate with us, share our vision, and make this a WEC to remember.


WESST is an alliance of undergraduate engineering students’ societies across the Western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Together, these societies serve and represent over 18 000 students. WESST provides an environment for member schools to exchange information and resources for the benefit of student leaders across western Canada. It also provides as unified voice of engineering students in Western Canada, representing its member schools to other student societies, industry, professional associations, and to the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES).


The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) is a national, bilingual organization that represents approximately 60,000 engineering students across Canada. Offering services ranging from leadership development conferences, to technical skill competitions, a national student magazine and other outreach efforts, the CFES aims to provide opportunities in support of an all-encompassing education for engineering students in Canada to become unparalleled professionals in their field.

Participating Universities

  • UBC Vancouver
  • UBC Okanagan
  • University of Victoria
  • SFU Burnaby
  • SFU Surrey
  • BCIT
  • UNBC
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Regina
  • University of Manitoba