Each year CEMF offers a number of Graduate and Undergraduate Engineering Ambassador Awards to young women across Canada who are proven leaders, active volunteers in their communities and mentors to other young women to encourage them to follow an engineering path.
John Evans, P.Eng was a Director and Vice-President of the Foundation, a committed supporter of women in engineering and a CEMF scholarship judge. His legacy included a donation for an award to be made to a young Canadian woman entering an accredited engineering program in Canada from high school and it is not based on academic achievement. This $5,000 award also includes an engineering work placement opportunity with Fortis Inc. at one of their Canadian utilities.
The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation is committed to creating a world where engineering meets the needs and challenges of society by engaging the skills and talents of both women and men alike. To that end, we are dedicated to attracting women to the engineering profession so they may fully contribute to the development of our society and in so doing, honour the memory of the 14 women from L' École Polytechnique whose contributions to Canada ended on December 6, 1989.
The CEMF was launched under the stewardship of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers who administered the charity until 1998 when a part-time Executive Director was hired. The Foundation has been managed by Megram, a national association management company in Renfrew, Ontario since 2002. The Executive Director and Megram support staff manage day-to-day operations, provide administrative and financial management support to the Board of Directors and oversee the Foundation’s scholarships and other programs.
CEMF is led by a group of prominent members of Canada's engineering and business community and is funded entirely through donations from individual engineers, corporations, engineering faculties and engineering societies. Edward Jones manages the financial portfolio which provides interest income used to support Foundation activities.
The name was changed to the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation in 2013