Students studying transportation can submit abstracts for presentation competition

Bergeron Centre

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student looking to practise presenting in a low-pressure environment, make contacts with potential employers, share ideas with other students and get the chance to win cash prizes? You can do all of the above at the 11th Annual Joint CITE Section Student Presentation Competition.

The Toronto, Hamilton and Southwest Ontario sections’ Joint Technical Presentation Competition for Students is a unique event organized annually by the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE) to help foster interest in the field of transportation.

The competition offers students an opportunity to present a topic of interest in transportation before their peers and transportation professionals.

Interested students are invited to submit a one-page abstract of no more than 400 words on any topic related to transportation.

A shortlist of three graduate students and three undergraduate students will be selected and invited to give a 10- to 15-minute presentation on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 20 at York University in the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Room 125.

A short question-and-answer period will follow after each presentation.

This year, the competition will serve as part of a longer student conference, with snacks and refreshments provided. Students who do not participate in the competition are invited to present their own research during a poster session immediately following the competition.  

Key dates
  • Submission of abstracts: Wednesday, Feb. 13
  • Notice of acceptance: Friday, Feb. 15
  • Date of presentation:  Wednesday, Feb. 2
  • Conference opening sessions: 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Presentation competition: 4 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Poster sessions and networking: 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Prizes in each category: $350 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place.

How to apply

Interested students should submit abstracts to one of the following two contacts:

Farhad Shahla, MEng, PEng, PTOE, PMP Past President ITE Toronto Section c/o City of Mississauga, 905-615-3200 ext. 3377,; or

Dana Elfar, EIT Secretary ITE Southwestern Ontario Section c/o Stantec, 519-675-6671,

Note:  Abstracts in Microsoft Word format will be accepted by e-mail. Please include your address and telephone number with all communication.