As technology continues to transform our world, engineers are poised to lead—but only if they have the knowledge and the tools to do so. That is why the Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership exists. We are determined to increase the capacity of engineers to lead in the workplace and in society.


The Community of Practice is a partnership between the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto and enterprises that employ engineers. From executive management, to human resource professionals, to junior and senior engineers, the Community of Practice engages people at all levels of partner organizations.


Talented engineers are central to many industries. Both the Canadian and U.S. engineering accreditation boards have called for change to how they are educated. This call is echoed by many organizations that seek to fulfill the potential of their engineers, who come technically prepared, but are often less well prepared to work with people. The Community of Practice is at the forefront of this change.


The Community of Practice offers members a forum to exchange ideas, to learn from one another’s experiences, and to build networks with individuals with common purpose. We hold multiple events to facilitate these goals for the benefit of both partners and engineering students at the University of Toronto. These include conferences, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, and other formats.

See us in action: Seventh Conference on the Leader Engineer, November 2018

Benefits of membership

Partners are better able to recruit, retain, and develop engineering talent. This includes gaining access to a pool of excellent students at the University of Toronto, Canada’s top engineering school, and also increasing brand profile with students committed to leadership development.

Partners connect with like-minded people from other organizations, forming an association of progressive organizations who want to learn from one another’s insights, challenges, and successes.

Partners have access to educators and researchers at the leading edge of the emerging field of engineering leadership education. This means acquiring insights grounded in research that could translate to competitive advantage.

What we ask of members

Engage with our students. 

The Community of Practice is as much about preparing the next generation of engineers as it is about providing tools to the current one. We expect members to meet our students, to expose them to industry perspectives, and to participating in panel discussions, interviews, or in-class discussions, thus helping studnets grasp the nuances of organizational life. 

Make a financial contribution to sustain the community.

To help members extract maximum value from our Community of Practice, we offer flexible membership terms with varying levels of commitment funding. This sponsorship helps us to continue to pursue important path-breaking research and programming. To learn more about membership opportunities, please contact us.

Participate in knowledge creation.

All partners contribute to research by engaging in conferences and forums where we share findings and create a space for interpretation, questioning and feedback. Some partners will also be asked to invite their employees to be research participants in future studies. In all cases, this engagement supports the process of discovering and applying new knowledge to benefit not only members themselves, but the next generation of engineers as a whole. 

Current members


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