About the Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership

We are a membership-based organization that advances the critical, non-technical capability of engineers. Hosted by the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, the Community of Practice is a partnership between the University of Toronto and enterprises that employ engineers. 

How it started

The Community of Practice originated from ILead’s Engineering Leadership Project (ELP), a multiyear research study funded by both private and public sources to examine how engineers uniquely lead in the workforce. Four organizations participated in this groundbreaking study. ILead conducted research with its partner enterprises in 2013 and concluded in 2015. 

Through engaging with the ELP partner enterprises, ILead discovered that there was a pressing need for organizations to have a forum where common challenges could be shared, where senior leadership could better understand the systemic problems that block their engineering teams from achieving their highest potential, where human resource professionals can learn techniques to better train and retain their engineering workforce, and where engineers themselves can articulate their lived experiences with their peers.

The Community of Practice was launched in September 2015 to provide such a forum. It had six member organizations in the first year and is currently expanding to add more voices at the table.


Community Organizers

Doug Reeve

Director, Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering
+1 (416) 978 2543 | doug.reeve@utoronto.ca

Professor Reeve is the founding Director of the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at the University of Toronto. For over twenty-five years, he has worked to provide leadership learning opportunities to engineering students. In addition to his service in academia, where is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Prof. Reeve has worked with industry as a consultant and president of a small consulting firm for fourteen years, frequently on international assignments. He has created and led professional development short courses on over 50 occasions reaching over 5000 attendees. 

Mike Klassen

ILead Assistant Director, Community of Practice
+1 (416) 978 5315 | mike.klassen@utoronto.ca

Mike Klassen is the Assistant Director of the Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership where he develops leadership programs and partnerships, conducts research, and supports the day-to-day operations of the CoP. His research interests include engineering leadership, organizational culture and higher education, and he is currently pursuing an MA in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. He has a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo (2014) and a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto (2010).


About ILead

The Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) provides transformative learning opportunities so that engineering students and professionals can influence change in their lives and work. Established in 2010, ILead undertakes student programming, classroom and industry-centred research, as well as outreach to leadership educators and business enterprises. Our vision: Engineers leading change to build a better world.

Visit the ILead website today to learn more about one of Canada’s most dynamic hubs for engineering leadership education.


About NICKEL

The National Initiative on Capacity Building and Knowledge Creation for Engineering Leadership (NICKEL) connects faculty and program leaders across Canada so that leadership becomes part of the core of engineering education. Launched in 2016, NICKEL hosts an annual conference and regular conference calls to exchange learning and insights about how to best provide leadership learning experiences for engineers. Visit the NICKEL webpage to learn more and to sign-up for the mailing list.


Interested in joining the Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership? Get in touch to learn about our membership options.