The idea of a ceremony for the Obligation of Canadian Engineers dates back to 1922, when seven past-presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada attended a meeting in Montreal with other engineers. Rudyard Kipling responded to a call from the seven engineers with The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, to be administered by the Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc. It was instituted with the simple end of directing newly qualified Canadian engineers toward a consciousness regarding their profession and its social significance, and indicating to more experienced engineers their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting the newer engineers when they are ready to enter the profession.
The ceremony calls on all engineering graduates to undertake an obligation to strive to perform work and assignments to the best of their ability. A ring made of iron, one of the first modern materials used to forge a new world by our ancestors, is worn on the small finger of the working hand and acts as a reminder of this obligation. This ceremony is performed across Canada each spring, marking the transition from student life to a career in engineering.
The Obligation Ceremony is not connected to any other engineering organization nor to any university, although many of them support the idea of the Obligation and may participate in the administration of the Ceremonies.
Registered professional engineers who did not attend a Canadian University and wish to know if they are eligible to take the Obligation to receive an Iron Ring may contact the Secretary of the Camp of their choice.
For replacement rings in the Lower Mainland, please contact:
Vancouver, Camp #5
View the contact information to replace Iron Rings issued by any other Camp.
For more information on upcoming Iron Ring ceremonies for BC graduates contact:
Vancouver, Camp #5
Michael J. Williams, P.Eng.
Victoria, Camp #23
Jennifer Hardy, P.Eng,
Kelowna, Camp #26
Dave Hein, P.Eng.