The Iron Ring
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 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.
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.
If you have completed your undergraduate degree outside of Canada, and can demonstrate eligibility for membership in a Canadian Professional Engineers’ Association, you may apply to undertake the Obligation. Apply to the camp near you (links below).
The Iron Ring Ceremony
Note: This information is provided as a courtesy. APEGS and the Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc./Société des Sept Gardiens Inc. are independent bodies.
To obtain an iron ring initially, qualified candidates must be deemed worthy, and participate in an iron ring ceremony called "The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer". APEGS does not issue the iron ring, the Corporation of the Seven Wardens does. Kipling Camp #4 (Saskatoon) and Kipling Camp #25 (Regina) generally conduct ceremonies twice per year, in the spring and the fall.
Iron Ring Replacement
If you've lost your ring or the old one is ready for retirement, a replacement can be ordered. Also, if you are an international graduate and you have been approved as an engineer-in-training or professional engineer within Canada, then you qualify to receive an iron ring.
Replacement rings and The Iron Ring Ceremony (new ring recipient) inquiries can be made by contacting the camp near you:
Kipling Camp #4 - Saskatoon
College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
Kipling Camp #25 - Regina
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina