As a result of ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc. directed all Camps in Canada on March 13th to postpone all Spring Iron Ring Ceremonies until the Fall. Hence, the Iron Ring Ceremony for Camp 7 Halifax that was to have taken place on Saturday March 14th was cancelled.
As you will appreciate, uncertainty about the evolving public health situation makes it difficult to develop a firm plan on short notice. All decisions continue to be made based on recommendations of our Public Health government agencies. We will be spending the next several weeks working with our colleagues within the Corporation to develop a path forward. Our goal remains to have all who registered for the Camp 7 Iron Ring Ceremony be able to take the Obligation and receive their rings this year. As such, no refunds for registration within Camp 7 will be issued at this time.
We appreciate that the suspension of the Iron Ring Ceremony was a major disappointment for many of you, especially for those who had parents, relatives or other guests who wear the ring who planned to attend the ceremony with you. We hope you understand that as engineers who have taken the Obligation, and wear the ring, and as professional engineers, our code of ethics emphasizes we hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.
The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been a uniquely Canadian tradition for almost 100 years and is administered by The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc.
The Obligation Ceremony where Iron Rings are presented to engineering 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.
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.
-The Wardens of Camp 7 Halifax