GEDC Industry Forum 2020, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

6th to 8th July 2020, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

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Engineering with Impact: Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Experts and Leaders


Building on three highly successful events, this invitation-only, highly interactive event will continue to  develop the themes and initiatives from previous editions, tackling topics such as socially conscious engineering and ethics, integrated learning and credentials, intrapreneurship and open innovation.

Our Host – The Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

‘The GEDC Industry Forum provides the opportunity to bring together leading thinkers to discuss how best to transform engineering education and strengthen ties between academia and the private and public sectors. As a champion of research and education that emphasises impact, the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University is proud to host this influential and forward-thinking event that explores solutions to real-world challenges. We anticipate that the outcomes of the first-ever forum to be held in Canada will facilitate important strategies and implementations.’

– Dr. Ishwar K. Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University


Designed in partnership with the Global Engineering Deans Council and the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, the Forum will kick off late afternoon on Monday 6th July with an expert panel, followed by an interactive session. The first day will conclude with social and networking opportunities alongside welcome drinks and dinner. Tuesday 7th July will consist of inspirational sessions, discussion and creative group work facilitated by renowned specialists. Conclusions, with a strong focus on next steps, will be presented the following morning and departures will begin after lunch on Wednesday 8th July.

Optional workshops will be proposed in the morning of Monday 6 July, and site visits to local industry, academia and cultural points of interest will be available in the afternoon of Wednesday 8 July for those who wish. More info on these activities will be shared closer to the time of the event. The event with be facilitated by the award-winning team at Petrus Communications.

Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Experts and Leaders

The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Industry Forum is an ongoing initiative which brings together leading engineering and technology employers and deans from around the world for dialogue, to network, and to share knowledge and good practice, developing the next generation of engineering leaders.

Building on the immense success of pilot events in Fontainebleau 2017 and Bucharest 2019, the most recent edition of the Industry Forum was held in Fontainebleau in 2019. This highly interactive, invitation-only event addressed how to implement and scale up successful programmes which see universities and the private sector working together to develop the skills needed in future engineering experts and leaders. We explored how to develop socially conscious engineering and tech graduates for the future, building trust and authentic, inclusive communication skills as well as strategies to improve cross border, open-innovation through agile university-industry collaboration.


The July 2019 Industry Forum was held at CEDEP: a highly regarded international executive education centre in Fontainebleau, less than one hour from central Paris. CEDEP is an creative space that was greatly appreciated by previous participants.

The GEDC Industry Forum: A Unique Opportunity

Make a difference

The Industry Forum is designed for participants to create pioneering solutions together to some of the biggest global challenges shared by engineering and technology employers, educators and innovators.

Inspire and be inspired

The right balance of input and group work ensures we hear from global experts, while highly innovative sessions designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning lead to the creation of valuable new ideas.

Share and gather expertise

The Industry Forum’s innovative format ensures that every single voice is heard, creating a great opportunity to leverage collective knowledge whilst developing an influential and meaningful dialogue.


Delve into the priorities and pressures that your counterparts in industry, education and the start-up sector are facing and contribute to an open dialogue in a trusting environment that turns differences into assets.

Go beyond networking

The level of trust and engagement enabled by this unique format presents a remarkable opportunity for participants to go beyond networking, to build genuine, useful and lasting relationships.

Have fun

The GEDC Industry Forum participants get involved with highly creative and innovative group work sessions facilitated by renowned global specialists, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

What participants say about their experience at the GEDC Industry Forum

‘A very unique opportunity for academic and industry leaders to engage on emerging trends and best practices in engineering education.’



– Dora Smith
Senior Director, Global Academic Program,

‘This was an opportunity to recharge ideas and share new approaches. We learnt that whether Industry or Academia, we share the same enthusiasms and the same challenges: the drive always to improve the way we work and build a better society for all.’

– Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman,
Group Ethics Committee at Total

‘The Industry Forum is well attended by a good mix of industry and university delegates. It offers excellent opportunities to gain visibility with most of the attending institutions.’

– Stefano Olivieri
Customer Success Manager,
Italy and MENA, Mathworks

‘Truly unique and engaging. The Industry Forum provided a great platform for helping attendees truly get to know one another and share ideas, generate future collaborations and more.’

– Jenna Carpenter
Dean of School of Engineering,
Campbell University, USA

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The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9th May 2008 in Paris as a recognition of the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors. The main goal of the GEDC is to provide engineering deans and rectors with ideas, tools, and “best practices” necessary to become innovative leaders of engineering education.

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Petrus Communications is a multi-award-winning international agency that specialises in connecting our clients with students and universities. We create innovative and impactful projects that bring together leading companies, students and the global education community. We enable young people to fulfill their potential by making the many exciting opportunities the world holds more visible and more attainable.

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Our Host

Ranked among the world’s top engineering schools, the Faculty of Engineering plays a significant role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities. The faculty places an emphasis on experiential, problem-based learning and an interdisciplinary approach to collaboration, resulting in smarter insights, ground-breaking ideas and greater optimism. McMaster was recently ranked second in the world by Times Higher Education in global impact, which looks at how well an institution advances the SDGs.

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