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GEDC Industry Forum (POSTPONED)
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Petrus Communications 

Engineering with Impact: Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Experts and Leaders. Building on three highly successful events, this invitation-only, highly interactive event will continue to develop the themes and initiatives from previous editions, tackling topics such as socially conscious engineering and ethics, diversity and inclusion, creativity and commercializing innovation with particular focus on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


McMaster Engineering is pleased to host the GEDC Industry Forum, in parntership the Global Engineering Deans Council and Petrus Communications

Previously held in Europe, this is the first time the event will be held in North America. Learn more about this invitation-only event, to be held on July 6-8 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Find out more in the event brochure.

The GEDC Industry Forum provides the opportunity to bring together leading thinkers to discuss how best to transform engineering education and strengthen ties between academia and the private and public sectors. As a champion of research and education that emphasises impact, the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University is proud to host this influential and forward-thinking event that explores solutions to real-world challenges. We anticipate that the outcomes of the first-ever forum to be held in Canada will facilitate important strategies and implementations.’

– Dr. Ishwar K. Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University


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About the GEDC Industry Forum

Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Experts and Leaders

The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Industry Forum is an ongoing initiative which brings together leading engineering and technology employers and deans from around the world for dialogue, to network, and to share knowledge and good practice, developing the next generation of engineering leaders. 

Building on the immense success of pilot events in Fontainebleau 2017 and Bucharest 2019, the most recent edition of the Industry Forum was held in Fontainebleau in 2019. This highly interactive, invitation-only event addressed how to implement and scale up successful programs which see universities and the private sector working together to develop the skills needed in future engineering experts and leaders. We explored how to develop socially conscious engineering and tech graduates for the future, building trust and authentic, inclusive communication skills as well as strategies to improve cross border, open-innovation through agile university-industry collaboration.


The 2019 July Industry Forum was held at CEDEP: a highly regarded international executive education centre in Fontainebleau, less than one hour from central Paris. CEDEP is an open creative design space that was greatly appreciated by previous participants.