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 felt the profession should do more to welcome and mentor those entering the profession. It was instituted with the simple end of directing newly qualified Canadian engineers toward a consciousness of 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. Rudyard Kipling responded to a call from the seven engineers with “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer”, the name of the ceremony at which qualified engineers are obligated. The ceremonies are conducted by Kipling Camps established across Canada, with Camp 4, now located in Saskatoon, conducting its first ceremony on Oct 9, 1928.
Ceremonies & Replacement Rings
The dates for upcoming ceremonies and general information about qualifications and the process to apply is available on the web site. The online registration form for the next ceremony is usually available on the web site approximately one month before the ceremony date.
Replacement iron rings can be ordered and mailed out to alumni of the camp (payment options are described on the web site). A replacement can also be picked up in person from the Camp Secretary in Saskatoon. Arrangements can also be made to pick up a replacement in the College of Engineering if that is more convenient. See the web site for details.
Please visit Kipling Camp 4’s web site for information on future ceremonies or obtaining a replacement iron ring.