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BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 Mar 18th, 2016
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 @ 12:00p.m. Jan 20th, 2016
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 @ 12:00p.m. Nov 28th, 2015
PRESS RELEASE - BSE Awards Rotarian Dennis Knowles the 2015 BSE Honoree Nov 28th, 2015
A Young Engineer's Perspective - Mr. Ambrose Cartwright - 16 year-old Drone Builder Nov 28th, 2015
STEM Program Information Here! Nov 28th, 2015
2015 BSE Installation and Awards Ceremony - Thank you Sponsors and Members! Oct 26th, 2015
2015 BSE Installation and Awards Ceremony - Friday, November 20th, 2015 Oct 19th, 2015
BSE AGM Meeting Notice - Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 Sep 23rd, 2015
BSE Tour of Defence Force Vessel - HMBS A. D. Hanna Jul 22nd, 2015
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 Jun 24th, 2015
BSE Renew Bahamas Site Tour - Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 May 27th, 2015
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 Apr 29th, 2015
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 Mar 27th, 2015
BSE Nassau Container Port Tour - Friday, March 27th, 2015 Feb 20th, 2015
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 Jan 26th, 2015
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 Oct 24th, 2014
BSE Annual General Membership Meeting - Thursday, October 30th, 2014 @ 6:00p.m. Sep 08th, 2014
BSE/CSCE ENGINEERS' CONFERENCE 2014 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 2014 - REGISTRATION OPEN!!! Sep 08th, 2014
3rd Annual BSE Northern Branch Luncheon Meetings - September 25th - 26th, 2014
Monthly Luncheon Meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP (AGM) MEETING
Each year, the organization holds the annual general membership meeting to inform the membership of things going on in the Society and to make changes in the organization through the electoral process. Every other year, a new Board is elected and ratified at this meeting. The next Executive Board elections are scheduled to take place in October 2015.
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP (EGM) MEETING
The Extraordinary General Membership Meeting was held on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 in the Training Room of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) located in Big Pond. The purpose of the meeting was to vote for the adoption of the 2012 BSE Articles of Association to replace the 2002 BSE Articles of Association.
There were twenty-eight (28) votes cast altogether inclusive of both persons in attendance at the meeting and proxy votes received. The votes cast met the requirements to make the change. BSE representative Attorney Carol Misiewicz was present to oversee the proceedings of the meeting. As such, please note that all matters arising within the BSE will be governed by the contents of the 2012 BSE Articles of Association. A copy of the amended Articles of Association (March 2012) can be found below:
BSE Amendment of Articles of Association - March 2012
BSE ANNUAL FREEPORT DAY TRIP - September 26th & 27th - 2013
Each year, the organization plans and hosts an annual day trip to visit its BSE Freeport Members. This year, the trip has been extended to (2) two intense days of meetings, networking and informational sessions and industrial tours. This meeting will include engineering presentations, tours to several industrial sites and informative luncheon meetings with interesting guest speakers.
Please contact the BSE (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on travel costs for those coming from other islands to participate. All members and friends of the Society are invited to attend this awesome event!
Note: The meeting agenda will be distributed to the membership very soon!
The Milestone News Archive provides an overview of monumental events that took place with the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) since its inception in 1998. The organization has come a long way and continues to increase its membership and its benefits to the engineering community.
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The Peter Gordon Scholarship Fund initial seed money ($40,000) was turned over to College of the Bahamas for management and administration.
The BSE sponsored and participated in the 2nd annual Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum that took place on October 13th-15th at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island. The 2011 CREF conference will be held in Barbados.
The 1st BSE Engineering, Planning and Design Conference and Awards Luncheon was held at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort on December 3rd 2010. The conference was a one day event and included informative business and professional development workshops.
The year 2007 opened with the monthly BSE membership luncheon. The guest speaker for the luncheon was the Hon. Vincent Peet, MP, Minister of Financial Services & Investments and his talk focused on the Opportunities for Engineers in 2007.
The year 2006 was the landmark establishment of the Professional Engineer’s Board in the Bahamas.
The organization participated in and completed the first in a series of Professional Engineering Workshops.
The BSE also participated in Certified Workshops on the Canadian Electrical Code.
The BSE had active participation on many National Committees & Consultations as well as various public relations initiatives, and membership recruitments.
BSE established a new office with a part-time office administrator and set-up Standard Operating Procedures in order to provide better service to the membership.
BSE made courtesy calls on the Ministers of Housing and Financial Investments during this period.
In May 2004, the BSE received confirmation from the Minister of Works and the Senate that the Engineer’s Bill had been passed with the Amendments that were recommended by the BSE. The Engineers Bill was signed into law and made effective August 2004.
BSE produced and circulated various Position Papers, the majority of which were on issues related to the Engineer’s Bill. The organization also revised the paper on Plan Stamping and produced new papers on Capacity Building in the Local Engineering Sector and Foreign Direct Investments. The organization was still working on the Drafts for Drainage and Energy Usage at this time.
BSE continued to lobby for increased involvement of Bahamian Engineers in major projects. In this regard, Kerzner International responded and was thanked for hosting BSE Members to a special luncheon at the One & Only where plans of their expansion at that time were revealed. This jump started the process for increased participation and increased working relationships.
BSE has remained active in various trade shows and Technology Fairs as well as a special forum to discuss the promotion of Science.
The Engineer’s Bill was unanimously passed in the Lower House of Assembly on September 24th, 2003.
The Society saw a membership growth of approximately 40%. The membership totaled (150) persons at the end of this year.
Monthly luncheons continued to be held. These included speeches from the Ministry of Works, Ministry of Financial Services, BTC, NEMA, The Island School, The Developers of Cotton Bay, and others. Average luncheon attendance was approximately (35) persons.
BSE played a major role in the national emergency response initiative. More than (20) members of BSE volunteered their time and experience to assist with the initial damage assessment for the numerous hurricanes.
The year opened with Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas addressing the group on “The State of the Bahamian Economy.” Other guest speakers at the luncheons included the Minister of Works, the Parliamentary Secretary, The Ministry of Financial Investments and Senator Trevor Whylly.
BSE continues to lobby for Engineering Registration.
BSE participated in the Women in Science & Technology, the Bahamas Association for Career and Technical Educators (BACTE) and the New Plumbers Permit Seminars. BSE also participated in the History Pays Workshop, The Construction Seminar Group initiatives, various WTO, FTAA, and CSME Workshops and meetings, the Annual Caribbean Water & Wastewater Association Conference and the Bahamas Home & Building Show.
Elections were held in the country and BSE member and Engineer John Carey was honorably elected to the House of Assembly.
BSE organized a social event for students of the College of The Bahamas. At this event members from BSE were able to interact with the students and provide them with information on BSE and the Engineering Profession in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Public Relations Committee of BSE launched its school career’s day campaign during this year. As a result of this campaign BSE members visited various local high schools to inform students about careers in the Engineering Profession.
The Engineering Forum, which was the brainchild of BSE, was hosted by the MOPW. The BSE participated in this lively debate on the Engineer’s Bill along with Engineers representing the Ministry of Public Works, Public Corporations, Engineers from Grand Bahama and the Bahamas Institution of Professional Engineers. It is from this meeting that the current draft of the Engineer’s Bill was formulated.
The BSE signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) at the CSCE’s annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The BSE held its second annual meeting in Grand Bahama this year. This entailed site visits and a luncheon with guest speaker the Hon. Kenneth Russell, M.P. who was currently the Minister responsible for Public Works. The Minister addressed the group on the Draft Legislation for the Registration of Engineers.
Lobby letters were issued to Members of Parliament, Ministers of Government and Senators to encourage support for the Proposed Engineer’s Bill. Panel discussions were held with young candidates representing the three major parties to pledge their parties’ support for the Proposed Bill.
The first Annual Trip to Grand Bahama was organized this year. Thirteen BSE members went to various sites of interest during this trip including a luncheon and a tour of the Our Lucaya Resort that was under construction at the time.
The second election of officers was held and the following persons were elected to serve for the 2000-2002 term:
The Second Installation banquet was held where the newly elected board was installed along with twelve new members.
BSE wrote Minister Knowles (Minister of Works at the time) to request that the MOPW host a meeting to discuss the proposed Engineering Bill. The purpose of this meeting was to bring together all of the representatives and stakeholders for the Bill and reach an agreement on the content of the proposed legislation.
1998 – 1999
The new engineering body, the Bahamas Society of Engineers was formed and the first election of BSE officers was held on June 24, 2008. The following persons served on the first board of the BSE:
Within a few months of being formed, the BSE Constitution was drafted and ratified by its current board and membership.
In the first year of being formed, the BSE membership registry consisted of about fifty (50) persons.
The first Biannual Installation Banquet was held in 1998 and the newly elected board was installed.
The organization began holding monthly meetings for the membership in its first year.
The organization started planning educational field trips to sites for its members. The following sites were visited:
The “New” Paradise Island Bridge Construction
Phase II Atlantis Construction
Reverse Osmosis plant
BEC Expansion at Clifton Pier
The Society began making Courtesy Calls to Government Officials. The following Minister’s, Public Officials and Business Institutions were visited during this time:
A Steering committee was established to begin discussions on creating a voice in the community for Engineers.