Success Stories - Carleton University's "2009 IEEE Connects!"
IEEE Canadian Foundation Grant Report by Jieyi Rong, Carleton University
Student Branch Chair
Photos provided by the Carleton University Student Branch
I was the event chair of IEEE Connects! 2009, a networking dinner
function. It was a joint event with IEEE Ottawa University Student Branch
and IEEE Algonquin College. We had 150 attendees at the Sheraton Hotel. Three
speakers including Ibrahim Gedeon(CTO of Telus), Alexander Macklin
(Engineer turned successful Intellectual Property Lawyer), Jennifer
Ng (female engineer who had an interesting journey towards engineering).
There were eleven sponsors and 40 company representatives and faculty
members. We got a lot of good feedback. The event website is
During the planning process of "IEEE Connects!", I was facing problems of
getting more sponsorship, due to the economic situation right now; most
companies are not hiring new grads and would not prefer to attend our
function although most of them were very satisfied with us last year.
Therefore, I had a meeting with my team and spread the hundreds of
companies contact to each one of them. However it did not work, because
of the old contact or general contact we have. After that, I went to the
IEEE Ottawa Section meeting, asking all the executives for contacts at
their work place, as well as asking OCRI to post our request on their
E-newsletter to all the start-up companies. The turn-out was good.
Sometimes when I ask some of my executives to do a task, they either
have problems with the task, or simply just don't want to do it because
it's not their responsibility. I always tell them that it's not about
what position you are in, it's about what you did while you are part of
IEEE Carleton Student Branch. I made sure that every executive in the
branch participated in planning a function. This provides them with more
practice and opportunities to speak in front of a big crowd, to contact
industries formally and to work as a team.
For more information
contact the Carleton University Student Branch Counselor, Calvin
or visit the Carleton Student Branch web site .
ICF Webmaster note: congratulations to Jieyi for telling this story
about how to suceed and conquer adversity - also for the IEEE 125th
Cake - a great way to remind everyone about IEEE's 125th aniversary.