Engineering schools across Canada share a common vision – to prepare the next generation of engineers who will drive change: technical, commercial, social, economic, policy, and environmental, within our global society.
Many of the world’s challenges, such as food security, access to clean water, and global poverty, are incredibly complex and interconnected. Engineers can bring engineering problem-solving skills to bear on the basic problems of inequality, climate change other social issues. We’re giving people the vocabulary and context on an individual level to address these issues. On an institutional level, we provide a central gathering place for cross-pollination of ideas.
Canada especially has the potential to create a new breed of engineer to model social change, as the Engineering profession is booming. We’d like to change the perception of the basic Engineer – a technical individual focused on math and science – to focus on what the next generation can actually do with that math and science.
Shaping the Global Engineer
Ongoing learning and certification is a way of directing passions and skills so that young engineers can reach out and involve themselves in society. Engineers have a disproportionate ability to create change at a systemic level: we hope to increase awareness of that fact and showcase just how much impact they can have.
With a combination of honed leadership and complex problem solving skills, the Global Engineer is well positioned to work in interdisciplinary contexts and explore complex systems. These core capacities enable the Global Engineer to use a holistic approach to the pressing challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.
The Global Engineering Certificate recognizes students’ progress towards mastering modern engineering competencies and leadership skills. In order to receive the certificate, students must complete a blend of curricular and co-curricular experiences such as volunteer work, internships, and relevant coursework.
This program is free for any engineering student in Canada. Graduates will have taken part in innovative educational experiences that have tempered their leadership skills, expanded their problem solving ability, and developed a global awareness that, along with their engineering technical excellence, will enable them to go beyond engineering and play a leading role in Canada and on the world stage.
Raymer & Wygodny Initiative
Concordia Alumni and Donors
Alumni Susan Raymer, BA ’71, and Ben Wygodny, BA ’69, have made a visionary gift that has enabled the creation of the Global Engineering Initiative in Concordia’s Centre for Engineering in Society.
The Raymer-Wygodny Initiative will provide new opportunities to engineering students to collaborate directly with community clients across distance and cultural barriers as well as the building of a web-based virtual learning platform for Global Engineering.
Chair of Centre for Engineering in Society, Concordia University
Deborah Dysart-Gale is Chair of the Centre for Engineering in Society, dedicated to providing instruction and immersive learning to engineering and computer science students in global engineering, social impact of technology, public responsibility, professionalism and citizenship, as well as socially sustainable entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. Her educational background is in communication and rhetoric, and her research interest is in public discourses of health, technology and innovation.
Global Engineering Education Venture Lead, EWB
Engineers without Borders (EWB) believes that the engineering profession can play a critical role in addressing urgent challenges and exciting opportunities in the 21st century. For over 10 years, EWB has provided opportunities in the class room and in the field for students and practicing engineers to develop global engineering skills in collaboration with top universities and employers.
EWB is currently developing a certification process for global engineering education and practice and also convenes high level dialogue on the role of engineers in the 21st century.