This past September marked a busy month for Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) student activities. Following a poster competition and trivia night, career development leader Amy Reckling set off on a two-week tour in late September to meet with students enrolled in the chemical sciences and engineering in Western Canada, as well as with faculty members and CIC local sections. Students at the undergraduate and graduate level in Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver and Lethbridge were given an introduction to the association and advised on how to best use their memberships to further their careers.

Reckling also spoke on the value of networking through CIC events and involvement with CIC local sections. Students were provided with the opportunity to speak on what programs or benefits they would most like to see develop within the CIC in the coming years. Suggestions included: increasing CIC involvement at the local level through career networking events and inter-school poster competitions, developing the career resources available on the CIC website and making advocacy and lobbying initiatives more visible to members.

If you are student, recent graduate, faculty or industry member and have any suggestions for the development of CIC programming, or if you want to get involved with your local section and its networking opportunities, please contact us.