GEDC Industry Forum 2020, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada
6th to 8th July 2020, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
Find out more in the event brochure.
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.
‘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 seminars 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.
Monday and Tuesday at Queen’s Landing Hotel
Wednesday at McMaster University Faculty of Engineering
Themes will include:
1. Inclusion and Diversity
2. Integrating Ethics into Engineering Education
3. Innovation ‘Hubs’ – What Works and Why?
More details will follow in the coming weeks.
Our hosts for the event are Ishwar K. Puri Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Sirin Tekinay, Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council, and Kirsten Williamson, CEO Petrus.
What Works? (Education / Corporate / Innovation / Government) - A senior panel representing all the above stakeholder groups will share reflections and dialogue with the audience.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.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.
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,
‘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,
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.
‘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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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