Chemical engineering industry leaders visit Waterloo

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The chemical engineering co-op seminar.

by Naz Kittani

Sarnia-Lambton is a growing hub for the energy, manufacturing and downstream petroleum industries. The area is an engineering hotbed – more specifically for chemical engineering. Up to 39 percent of engineers working in Sarnia are chemical engineers. Recognizing the abundant opportunities for students in this area, Co-operative Education (CE) planned an event to unveil the hidden gems of Sarnia-Lambton.

Last month, representatives from the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) visited Waterloo’s campus to promote the region to co-op students as a prime destination to live and work. Dozens of students attended the event to network with top industry leaders.

The visit kicked off with an information session for Chemical Engineering students hosted by CE Business Developer Emily Burgess. The session featured a presentation from David Moody, project lead, business growth services for SLEP. Moody focused on Sarnia-Lambton’s job growth, the area’s rich economic history and why it’s a great spot for a co-op term. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session with three Chemical Engineering students who have worked in Sarnia. The event concluded with a networking session.