Iron Ring Ceremonies Suspended Until Further Notice (Still On Hold as of September 2, 2020)
As a result of ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Chief Warden of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has directed all Camps to postpone all spring Iron Ring Ceremonies until subsequent ceremonies are on hold until further notice.
Information will follow regarding a new date for the ceremony, refunds, etc, once the Camp 6 Wardens have had a chance to meet and plan the way forward. As you will appreciate, uncertainty about the evolving public health situation makes it difficult to develop a firm plan on short notice.
We Wardens appreciate that this announcement will be a major disappointment for many of you, especially if you have parents, relatives and other guests who had planned to attend the ceremony with you.
The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been a uniquely Canadian tradition for almost 100 years and is the responsibility of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens.
The private Obligation Ceremony where Iron Rings are presented to graduates and other qualified obligants is held in every Canadian community where Engineering is taught, by one of 27 local ‘Camps’. More than 440,000 Engineers have been obligated in Canada.
Camp 6 administers The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in the Edmonton, Alberta area, and held its first Obligation Ceremony in 1930.
Iron Rings are worn by many Engineers in Canada, reminding those who wear it – and others – of their ethical obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct in the service of the public.
The Iron Ring is not a symbol of registration to practice as an Engineer in Canada. Qualification and registration to practice is the role and responsibility of the provincial and territorial licensing bodies.
Information about the history of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is available at the Main Corporation of the Seven Wardens Website: www.ironring.ca.