Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Seventh Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
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Topic: Unpacking Interns' Workplace Learning

Many students pursue engineering internships to develop their skills in a workplace setting. These experiences can be challenging and formative. But how do they contribute to student professional development? What factors contribute to or impede this development? How can organizations enhance their internship programs to enable early-career engineers to grow? We will explore these questions at the Seventh Conference on the Leader-Engineer through interactive activities and workshops.

Staying true to the ethos of the Community of Practice, you can expect a structured and dynamic set of interactions with an exceptional group of participants: a diverse mix of engineers, managers, and human resource professionals from the nine partners of the CoP; engineering students from leadership programs and courses; and the faculty and staff from ILead and U of T who make these initiatives happen.

*NOTE: This event is by invitation only. Please register below.

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Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please send an email directly to Milan Maljkovic (milan.maljkovic@utoronto.ca) and we will follow-up to get your information. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Live Stream Research Seminar: Autonomy of Professional Engineers
Oct
17
11:10 AM11:10

Live Stream Research Seminar: Autonomy of Professional Engineers

Building on our ongoing research on ethics in engineering, we are extending the invitation to our upcoming research seminar to our CoP partners and wider network across Canada. A live stream of the seminar, hosted using Periscope, will be viewable through ILead's Twitter feed.

For those in Toronto who will be attending in person, please register at the regular event page.


Organizations, Autonomy, and Ethical Conduct: The Experiences of Ontario Engineers and Engineering Degree Holders

This seminar will explore the role of autonomy in shaping ethical pressures faced by professional engineers and engineering degree holders working in Ontario.  Drawing on survey data, the seminar will first examine the extent to which engineering workers report having autonomy and authority at work, and the extent to which they report ethical pressures. The relationship between autonomy and ethical pressures will also be discussed.  Subsequently the the seminar will draw on qualitative interview data to document the kinds of pressures that engineers (and engineering degree holders) experience, and where these pressures come from.  The paper will conclude with some reflections on the significance of the findings for engineers and engineering leaders. 

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Professor Tracey Adams

Tracey Adams is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Western University.  She specializes in the sociology of work and professions.  Recent research focuses on professional regulation in Canada and internationally.  She is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of Toronto, and with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, on a study of engineering work in Ontario.


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2018 NICKEL Conference
Aug
28
to Aug 29

2018 NICKEL Conference

  • University of Toronto - Myhal Center for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (map)
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2018 NICKEL Conference: Framing Leadership in Engineering Design Teams

Engineering is a team sport. To be effective, teams need leadership from all players. This conference will demonstrate practical approaches, exercises and models for embedding leadership learning in engineering design courses. We have curated a set of experiential learning sessions that highlight emerging good practice across the country.

Objectives for NICKEL 2018:

  • Build relationships between individuals engaged in engineering leadership education.
  • Form a network of learning and action.
  • Demonstrate and experience active leadership learning.
  • Share best practices and greatest challenges.
  • Integrate new ideas into university programs.
  • Stimulate interest in research on engineering leadership and its pedagogy

Who Should Attend?

University faculty, staff and instructors from Canadian universities with a personal interest and passion for the topic and role alignment with engineering leadership initiatives.

How to Register: 

To apply to participate in the 2018 NICKEL Conference, please apply by July 16, 2018:

  1. For each individual, fill out the form below with your name, position, university and  brief bios (or website links).
  2. For each university, send a single letter of support from your Dean (or equivalent) – not required for returning NICKEL participants.

Cost: 

The conference fee is $200 per person to cover food & refreshments. Bring a cheque to the conference.

More Information: 

For the full details on the conference, please follow this link to download the Call for Participants: https://tinyurl.com/NICKEL2018Call.

 

If you have issues submitting the form, please email Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca) and Patricia Sheridan (patricia.sheridan@utoronto.ca) with your information and we will respond to confirm your registration. 

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Sixth Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
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Topic: Learning Self-Leadership in an Engineering Context

ILead is built on the premise that leadership begins with the self, that it is a process that can be learned. But how does this happen in engineering contexts? How much is learned from formal programs, and how much is a matter of individual experience? This conference will explore these questions through interactive activities and workshops led by skilled professionals who facilitate engineers learning self-leadership.

Staying true to the ethos of the Community of Practice, you can expect a structured and dynamic set of interactions with an exceptional group of participants: a diverse mix of engineers, managers, and human resource professionals from the eight partners of the CoP; engineering students from leadership programs and courses; and the faculty and staff from ILead and U of T who make these initiatives happen.

*NOTE: This event is by invitation only. Please register below.

Name *
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Phone

Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please send an email directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca) and we will follow-up to get your information. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Live Stream Research Seminar: Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering
Mar
7
11:00 AM11:00

Live Stream Research Seminar: Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering

Building on our recent conference on Ethics and Equity in Engineering, we are extending the invitation to our upcoming research seminar to our CoP partners and wider network across Canada. Please fill out the form below to be included when we send out the link just before the talk begins. The live stream, hosted using Periscope, will be viewable through ILead's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ILeadUofT/

Note: If you are in Toronto and would like to attend in person, please register through the regular event page: http://ilead.engineering.utoronto.ca/event/erincech/


Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering

Can the culture of engineering reproduce inequality? The professional cultures, which give each discipline its particular “feel” and unite discipline members under a taken-for-granted system of meanings and values, are not benign. I explain how these professional cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women and other under-represented groups in STEM.  Specifically, I discuss the role of three particular cultural ideologies—schemas of scientific excellence, depoliticization, and the meritocratic ideology—in producing disadvantage. I end by explaining why decisions (e.g. admissions, hiring, tenure) that partially rely on assessments of individuals’ “fit” with professional cultures are particularly important to critically examine for their potential to contribute to inequality.

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Dr. Cech is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. She earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of California, San Diego and undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and sociology from Montana State University. Her research on inequality in STEM professions focuses on the recruitment and retention of women, LGBTQ, and racial/ethnic minority persons in STEM degree programs and STEM jobs. She is a member of the editorial board of the American Sociological Review. Her research has been cited in The New York Times, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, and the news sections of Science and Nature.


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Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Fifth Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
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The Fifth Conference on the Leader Engineer will focus on ethics, equity and diversity in engineering. We will present findings from an ongoing research project on ethics & equity, with a focus on real life ethical dilemmas faced by engineers at various career stages and in different sectors. Participants will work through in-depth case studies to articulate their own perspectives on how to respond in different situations. The conference will close with a panel discussion featuring a combination of working engineers and engineering students, looking at gendered leadership dynamics in the workplace. 

Staying true to the ethos of the Community of Practice, you can expect a structured and dynamic set of interactions with an exceptional group of participants: a diverse mix of engineers, managers, and human resource professionals from the eight partners of the CoP; engineering students from leadership programs and courses; and the faculty and staff from ILead and U of T who make these initiatives happen.

*NOTE: This event is by invitation only. Please register below.

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone

Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please send an email directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca) and we will follow-up to get your information. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Fourth Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • University of Toronto, Galbraith Building, Room 202 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Fourth Conference on the Leader Engineer will focus on the experiences of early career engineers in the workplace. In particular, the conference will share research on two major topics: 1) workplace adjustment, including the topics of professional challenges, workplace learning, and leadership; and 2) workplace supports with a specific focus on mentorship. These topics will be discussed from the perspectives of early career engineers, managers, and human resources professionals. Through research presentations and interactive activities, the conference will allow participants to gain practical insights into issues of workplace adjustment of early career engineers. It will also help companies develop strategies to enhance the integration, training, and retention of young talent.

The conference is exclusive to CoP partner companies. It is intended for engineers at all career stages and for those concerned with the professional development of engineers such as managers and HR/PD professionals. The conference will also be attended by selected UofT engineering students and leadership development staff.

 

Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please email your contact information directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca). Apologies for any inconvenience. 

 

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Jan
25
11:00 AM11:00

Research Seminar: "Work-Integrated Learning: Addressing the Experience Mismatch Problem"

  • University of Toronto, Wallberg Building, Room 215 (map)
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Title: “Work-Integrated Learning: Addressing the Experience Mismatch Problem."

Speakers: Caitlin Cassie and Andrew Do from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University.  

Presentation abstract: Drawing on literature reviews, semi-structured interviews, and comprehensive analysis, this presentation will discuss the role of work-integrated learning (WIL) in the school-to-work transition of students. In particular, it will examine the operation of one WIL opportunity – the Siemens Canada Dual Education Program – and its potential role in the expansion of WIL opportunities across Canada. This presentation will also discuss the following three findings: 1) The skills mismatch problem and the experience mismatch problem are two distinct issues facing recent graduates; 2) Multi-sectoral partnerships between industry, government and postsecondary institutions are critical when developing and delivering effective WIL programming; and 3) Leveraging WIL can strengthen the pipeline of productive and loyal talent. Based on these findings, the presentation will lastly provide recommendations on how to scale WIL opportunities for a broader base of students.

Format: As part of ILead's research seminar series, this will feature a research presentation and open Q&A period. Come join ILead staff, faculty and our colleagues from around the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the broader university. CoP member companies are welcome. 

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Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

Third Conference on the Leader Engineer

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Third Conference on the Leader Engineer will focus on the university-to-work transition of engineering students, a critical stage in the professional formation of engineers. In particular, it will present and discuss two sets of findings from ILead’s current research on the topic of transition: 1) conceptions of leadership among early career engineers and opportunities for its practice and development in the workplace; and 2) the role of internships and cooperatives in the university-to-work transition of engineering students.


Through concise research presentations and interactive activities, the conference will allow participants to gain insights into theories, practices and issues of engineering leadership. It will also provide them with an in-depth understanding of engineering students’ internship and cooperative experiences and the role they play in their workplace transition. Lastly, it will facilitate the discussion of what companies can do to enhance recruitment, hiring, training, and retention of early career engineers. 

*NOTE: This event is by invitation only. Please register below.

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone

Note: If you are having trouble submitting the above form to register for the conference, please email your contact information directly to Mike Klassen (mike.klassen@utoronto.ca). Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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Sep
24
9:30 AM09:30

ILead Full Day Leadership Lab: Workplace Readiness

  • Galbraith Building Room 202, University of Toronto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop is targeted at current engineering students, but is also being advertised to PEY students (on a 12–16 month internship) and new graduates (1–3 years of work experience) to create an atmosphere where diverse perspectives can be shared. 

The Workshop will aim to help participants answer the following questions:

  • How will you successfully navigate your new work-role and environment? 
  • How will you get the most value out of the work experience while adding the most value to your employer? 
  • Where will this experience take you next?

There will be a focus on all participants drawing from their personal experience to contribute to discussions, as well as generating ideas and setting personal goals to address the above questions for their own work situations. All participants will have the chance to interact with and learn from people from other companies. In addition to being general participants, junior engineers will have an opportunity to share their perspective through a mentoring session.

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