Past Events (2016-2017)

BESA Summer Banquet

Join BESA for our biggest event of the year: the BESA annual summer banquet. This year, we will be heading to Scaddabush Italian Kitchen (382 Yonge St.) to enjoy a three course à la carte dinner and drinks with our fellow students and guests.

When: Thursday July 27th, 6 pm
Where: 382 Yonge St. (15 min walk from RS)
Dress code: Semi-formal
Tickets: Early bird $25 (sign up by July 19); Regular $30; Guest $35

Sign up here and get your payment to us as soon as possible as spaces fill up!

BESA Cooking Workshop: May 30 (6 – 8pm)

Sick of those frozen pizza dinners night after night? Join BESA for a delectable experience at Loblaws Cooking School. This hands-on, 2-hour cooking workshop includes a 3-course Italian dinner, with 2 courses made by participants under the guidance of a professional chef.
Cost: $20 (sign up by May 20) or $25 after May 20
When: Tuesday May 30, 6-8PM
Where: 60 Carlton Street (13min walk from RS)
Appetizer – Proscuitto et pere (prosciutto with fresh pear, aged balsamic, baby arugula, shaved parmesan)
Main Course – Chicken parmigiana with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Dessert – Tiramisu
Sign up hereMake sure to sign up soon as spaces fill up! We will contact you about payment and details of the workshop as the date approaches.

Photo contest: BESA around the World – OPENS Wednesday!

Your peers have submitted their pictures for BESA Around the World Photo Contest! Stay tuned this Wednesday to vote for the photo you like the most on Facebook or Instagram! The most liked picture on Facebook or Instagram will receive a $20 Starbucks Gift Card.
Contest ends: June 4th @11:59PM

Toronto Rehab Tour (April 27th, 12pm)

Toronto Rehab is home to some of the world’s most technologically advanced rehabilitation research facilities. The iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research is a unique space where ideas can be cultivated and tested in a real-life setting. If you are interested in touring the iDAPT facilities at Toronto Rehab, please sign up here.

BESA Board Game Night

Come out for a night of board games and snacks with BESA!
When: Wednesday, April 26th @6pm
Where: TBD (will be on campus)

Tuesday April 4: BESA Industry Night

Come learn about a growing medical technology company, Interface Biologics (IBI), with an exclusive tour of its facility. The IBI tour was previously cancelled due to an illness but has been re-scheduled for April 4th at 5 PM. Register now as there are only 15 spots.

When: Tuesday, April 4 @5-6pm

BESA goes to a Toronto Raptors Game

BESA is going to a Raptors game on at the end of March when they face Charlotte Hornets in Air Canada Centre. BESA only has 10 tickets which will be sold on first come, first served basis. Email Mosa Alhamami <> as soon as possible to purchase your ticket. BESA members are strongly encouraged to buy tickets before Friday, March 24th 12pm as after this, tickets will be available to non-BESA members.
When: Wed March 29th @7:30pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Cost: $36

With 1 week left, tickets are 90% sold out for March 27. The calendar for the day and the speakers are posted on Facebook. An Eventbrite ticket will guarantee you access to Career Day. A few tickets will likely still be available at the door if there are no-shows.
When: Mon, March 27th @11:30 am – 4:30 pm (Career Day); 4:30 – 6:30 pm (Networking)
Where: CCBR Red and Black Rooms
Register here

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Professional Engineering Session

If you have recently completed your engineering degree or are currently an EIT, and confused about what to do to become a P.Eng., then this seminar is for you!

You will learn:

–          What engineering experience PEO is looking for
–          How engineering experience is evaluated by PEO
–          How you can facilitate the evaluation process
–          How to prepare your Experience Record
–          What the PPE is?

When: Mon, March 20th @6pm
Where: SF1101

JLABS tour (Mar 14 @9:30-11:30 AM)

JLABS is a network of life science incubators providing emerging companies with resources to bring new healthcare innovations to market. At this event, you will attend a tour of the facility, and hear JLABS entrepreneurs speak about their companies. RSVP here and register on the CLN.

BESA plays Basketball

Come shoot some hoops with BESA in a basketball pick-up game. Feel free to invite your lab mates and UofT friends.
When: Wednesday, March 15 @4-5 pm
Where: UofT Hart House (lower gym)
What to bring: T-card + proper gym wear & non-marking athletic shoes + locker lock (optional)
More info? Contact Mosa Alhamami <>

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Night

Come out and party with your fellow graduate engineering students. Interested? Sign up here and check out the facebook event!
Where: The Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue)
When: Thursday, March 16th @ 8pm

Policy and Innovation Initiative’s 1st Hackathon

Hosted by the School of Public Policy, the hackathon aims to explore and pose solutions to some of the most difficult Public Health issues Ontario faces such as alleviating pressures in downtown hospitals and exploring the viability of alternative models for delivering medicine. The Hackathon will comprise of graduate students of public policy, public health, urban planning, engineering, and computer science, as well as public servants and those interested in policy in general. Catered food and coffee will be provided!
When: Sat, Mar 4 @10am to 5pm
Canadiana Gallery (14 Queens Park Crescent W), at the University of Toronto
(St. George Campus).
Register on Eventbrite here and complete your registration form here

Ghana Medical Help Equipment Packing Party

Ghana Medical Help is an organization dedicated to providing medical aid to hospitals in the most northern regions of Ghana to save lives and increase the quality of healthcare available. They are holding their annual equipment donation packing party and they are currently looking for volunteers to help sort, pack, and prepare all of their frontline medical equipment for shipment to partner hospitals in Ghana. Please contact for more information.
When: Sun Feb 26 to Sat Mar 4, 2017
Where: Utopia, ON (please contact for more details)

BESA Plays Volleyball

Come out to play volleyball with BESA. Feel free to invite your UofT friends. See details below.

Who: BESA + UofT friends/lab mates

When: Wed, Feb 15 @4-5 pm
Where: UofT Hart House (lower gym)
What to bring: T-card+proper gym wear & non-marking athletic shoes + locker lock (optional)
More info? Contact Athletics Director Mosa Alhamami <>

BESA Industry Night

Come learn about a growing medical technology company, Interface Biologics (IBI), with an exclusive tour of its facility. Register now as there are limited spots by filling out this registration form.
When: Thurs, Feb 16 @5-6p

Interdepartmental Trivia Night

Join us for a night of trivia with other FacMed departments. Food and drink available for BESA members on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up here and check out the Facebook event here
When: Wed, Feb 8th @6-11pm (Trivia starts @ 7:15pm)
Where: O’Grady’s Tap & Grill (171 College Street)

ILEAD Speed Interview Workshop

When: Wed, Feb 8 @6-7:30pm
Where: SF3201
For registration click on this link.

BESA Indoor Soccer League

Come out this week for a round of indoor soccer.
Who: BESA + UofT friends/lab mates
When: Wed, Feb 8 @9-10 pm
Where: UofT Hart House (lower gym)
What to bring: T-card+proper gym wear & non-marking athletic shoes + locker lock (optional)
More info? Contact Athletics Director Mosa Alhamami <>

Drop-in sessions of ping pong

Please bring your own racquet and dress appropriately, such as in running shoes and athletic attire. Free of charge to students, but must check in at the Athletics Reception desk.
When: Tues and Thurs 8-10 pm
Where: Hart House Range Room

Feedback And Munchies (FAM) Party 2017

We need you and your ideas! Do you have answers to questions like “my student experience would be better if…”? The BESA Annual Feedback and Munchies (FAM) Party is coming up and we need your feedback to make your student experience the best it can be. There will be food, prizes and skating afterwards as well!

Check the BESA Facebook page this week for the event and RSVP!

When: Fri, Feb 3rd @6 – 8 pm

Where: CCBR Red Room

Thanks to all the BESA members who showed up at the Feedback And Munchies (FAM) Party 2017! We appreciate the valuable feedback you have provided us! #besa1617

Engineering World Health Workshop 2: Solder & Build

Come out for a hands on workshop and to build your own digital thermometer! Introduction will focus on the modular approach to engineering design and its importance for sustainable and cost effective devices. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience with soldering and debugging circuits.  Register here
When: Thurs, Feb 2nd @6pm
Where: SF2202

Tuesday: Indoor Soccer

Come out to play soccer at Hart House! Non-BESA members are also welcome to join 🙂
Who: BESA + UofT friends/lab mates
When: Tuesday, Jan 17, 7-8pm
Where: UofT Hart House (lower gym)
What to bring: T-card + proper gym wear & non-marking athletic shoes + locker lock (optional)
For more info, Contact Amine Driouchi or Mosa Alhamami

Thursday: Graduate Engineering Pub Night

Come out and ring in the new year with graduate students from UofT’s engineering departments. Admission is free. Free drink ticket to the first 10 to register.
When: Thurs., Jan. 12th @ 8pm
Where: Prenup Pub, 2nd floor (191 College St.)
Registration link here, for more info, check out the Facebook event here

Welcome IBBME Incoming Class of 2016!

We’re so glad to have you. Your student association (Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association, or BESA) has organized a fun-filled Orientation Week from September 7 – 10 in order to get to know you, and to give you the chance to get acquainted with one another. Fill in this form so that we can plan for and gauge the attendance at each event.

Orientation Week 2016 is finally here! BESA has several events lined up for you, so come on out, make new friends and enjoy your first week with BESA! #besa1617