GEDC Industry Forum 2020

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have fully reorganised the GEDC Industry Forum, originally scheduled for 6th to 8th July this year in Canada.

The event will be redesigned to take place entirely online, between Monday 28th September and Thursday 1st October. More detailed program and registration information will follow very soon.

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

Programme

GEDC Industry Forum 2020: Monday 28th September and Thursday 1st October

 

The format of the GEDC Industry Forum 2020, redesigned to take place entirely online, will include a series of short inspiration and dialogue sessions, designed together with our host, McMaster Engineering and the GEDC. Design workshops in small facilitated groups will follow.

 

The same creative thought and careful planning will ensure that this virtual gathering is as enjoyable and impactful as our in-person events to date. We encourage you to please block the new dates in your calendar.

 

More detailed program and registration information will follow very soon.

Practicalities

When planning your travel, keep in mind that 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.

You will need to check if you require a visa to travel to Canada, and if so, it is your responsibility to apply for one. Please click here to check your eligibility.

To benefit from the event setting, we recommend delegates stay on-site at the event venue – Queen’s Landing Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Accommodation has been pre-booked at the event venue for 2 nights (Monday 6 July and Tuesday 7 July 2020) at the cost of 229 CAD / night. Please contact us at contact@gedc-industryforum.com to reserve one of these rooms, which are available on a first-come basis. Your booking will not be complete until you receive a confirmation email from us.

Delegates are responsible for covering the cost of their room, breakfast and any other hotel expenses, which can be arranged on arrival.

Queen’s Landing Hotel
Address: 155 Byron St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, L0S 1J0
Tel: 905-468-2195
Website: https://www.vintage-hotels.com/queenslanding/

Approx 1h30 by car from Toronto Pearson International Airport and 1hr from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

If you need support with alternative accommodation options or if you have any questions regarding the practicalities, please contact us at contact@gedc-industryforum.com.

The registration fee of 950 CAD covers participation in all sessions and activities, food and beverages during the event, conference documentation and materials as well as participation in the Welcome Reception on Monday 6th July and the Dinner on Tuesday 7th July.

If you find the registration fee a barrier to attending, please let us know as subsidized places may be made available in certain circumstances. Please be advised that this typically applies to individuals who are not supported by or as part of an organisation, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, institutions, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Get in touch to find out more about a limited number of sponsorship packages and tailored opportunities to engage on site and online with this senior global community on themes such as inclusion and diversity, innovation, digital skills, the engineer of the future and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sponsoring the Industry Forum enables you to shape the conversation, positioning your organisation as a thought leader in engineering and engineering education and getting your message across to decision makers in leading companies and engineering schools from around the world.

Sponsoring the GEDC Industry Forum ensures:

Visibility and exposure across the GEDC Industry Forum Community of +520 senior academic and industry engineering experts; and in the GEDC community of +500 engineering deans from around the world.

 

Inclusion in communications across all social media channels (Including LinkedIn pages and groups, Twitter and Facebook pages of the GEDC, Petrus Communications and McMaster Engineering) and presence on 3 websites, reaching over 510,000 people worldwide.

Hear from our previous sponsors:

We sponsored the GEDC Industry Forum because we believe that it is vital to bring together a group of passionate engineers, engineering educators, and industry representatives in order to be able to discuss the future of engineering skills and make things happen. The ideas that emerged during the Industry Forum have been absolutely amazing.’

 

– Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee,
Total S.A.

‘The GEDC Industry Forum gave an excellent opportunity to discuss and generate ideas on how universities and industries can work together to better prepare students for their careers. The forum was a unique opportunity for professionals and Deans to share constructive ideas in a vibrant structure designed to facilitate insightful solutions.’

– Dave Wilson
Vice President, Product Marketing Academic, Customer Education, Software,
National Instruments

Joining us at the GEDC Industry Forum 2020

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.

Why attend?

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.

Collaborate

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,
Siemens

‘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

The GEDC Industry Forum Advisory Board

Dr. Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee, Total S.A.

Andrew Hogg PhD has worked in a variety of technical, communication and HR management roles with BP and Total in Canada, France, Kuwait and the UK. Working with both senior leaders and employees he helps them make the right ethical decisions. Via a global network of ethics specialists, he leads and supports the implementation of Total's business ethics policies, working across a wide range of cultural and professional contexts.

Dr. Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee, Total S.A.
Chantal de Barra
Head of International Research Publications, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France

At the CEVIPOF, Chantal De Barra is responsible for ensuring the international visibility of the research team and also leads a weekly seminar focusing on topics of intercultural and political interest. Since 2014, she has been a consultant at Petrus focusing largely on employability skills and cooperation between universities and the corporate world.

Chantal de Barra
Head of International Research Publications, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France
Hans J. Hoyer
Executive Secretary, GEDC & IFEES Secretary General

Dr. Hans Jürgen Hoyer is Executive Secretary of the GEDC and Secretary General of the IFEES. Based in Fairfax, USA, he is a Resident Scholar in Global Engineering at George Mason University and an Honorary Professor in Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, and Peru. He has been a Resident Scholar at MIT and Harvard and is on the board and advisor of various universities and companies.

Hans J. Hoyer
Executive Secretary, GEDC & IFEES Secretary General
Dr. Ishwar K. Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University and Host of the 2020 event

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, AAAS and ASME. He is past chair of Engineering Deans Canada and a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. His research publications have been cited over 6,000 times with an h-index of 45.

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University and Host of the 2020 event
Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO, Petrus Communications

Petrus Communications is a multi-award winning international agency that specialises in linking our clients - engineering and business employers - with students and the global education community. Kirsten founded Petrus in France in 2005 and now leads a team of 30 research, communication and digital communication experts creating and implementing projects world-wide.

Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO, Petrus Communications
Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Natacha DePaola serves as the Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA.

Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
Prof. Sirin Tekinay
Dean of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE, and Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council

Prof. Şirin Tekinay joins AUS as Dean of Engineering starting February 1, 2020. Prof. Tekinay has held posts of academic administration as Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Vice President for Research and Development, and Rector during the last decade in Istanbul. She is the elected Chair of Global Engineering Deans Council and a Board Member of the European Society for Engineering Education.

Prof. Sirin Tekinay
Dean of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE, and Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council

Organisers

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.

Find out more: www.gedcouncil.org

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.

Find out more at: www.petruscommunications.com

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.

Find out more at: www.eng.mcmaster.ca

Get involved

If you would like to receive updates, please keep in touch. This is an invitation-only event with limited places allocated on a first-come basis. If you would like to request an invitation to the next event, or inquire about sponsorship or speaking opportunities, please email us at contact@gedc-industryforum.com.

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