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 Troost 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


Emily Moore

Director, Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering

Emily Moore was appointed Director of Troost ILead in October, 2018 after more than twenty years in industry. Emily started her career at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada scaling up new materials and processes from the lab to manufacturing. In her 11 years at Xerox, Emily learned a great deal about leading teams and developing new products, becoming a manager and Principal Engineer. Emily then spent 10 years at Hatch, a global engineering firm serving the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. Emily led international teams to develop new product and service offerings and to deliver major projects, first as the Director of Technology Development and then as Managing Director, Water. Emily was also the inaugural chair of Hatch’s Global Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Emily holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and completed a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2016 Emily was recognized as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining and received the SCI Canada Kalev Pugi Award.


Milan Maljkovic

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

Milan Maljkovic is the Assistant Director of the Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership where he develops leadership programs and partnerships and supports the day-to-day operations of the CoP. He has several years of organizational leadership experience both as a student leader and in the power systems sector. Milan holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

About ILead

The Troost 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.


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.