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Engineers Want In Conference

Monday, March 30, 2015

George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church Street, Third Floor, Sears Atrium

Engineers Want In Conference: Learn how to make your voice count

Learn how to make your voice count!

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, PEO and OSPE invite influential business leaders, journalists, policy makers, engineers, academics and students to learn, debate and network at this full-day event.

Register early as seating is limited.

Conference program

Click on session titles for more details on the speakers.

Please direct inquiries to Lynsey Kissane, Manager, Strategic Planning and Special Projects, at or 416-979-5000 ext 4933. 

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Welcome by conference moderator Omar Alghabra and Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Session 1: Setting the Table

Co-chairs outline the purpose of 'Engineers Want In' from their own perspectives and set expectations for the conference.

  • Gerard McDonald, Registrar, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Sandro Perruzza, CEO, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
  • Dr. Tom Duever, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ryerson University
11:00 a.m. to 12 noon Session 2: Policy & Opinion Makers

Policy and opinion makers describe their policy research and development process and how best to be included in it.

  • Matthew Mendelsohn, Director, Mowat Centre (on leave)
  • Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Karim Bardeesy, Deputy Principal Secretary to the Premier
12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Session 3: Public & Media Relations

Public relations experts and journalists share their needs and the tools/methods louder voices typically use to convey their messages.

  • Jaime Watt, Executive Chairman, Navigator Ltd
  • Bob Hepburn, Director, Community Relations and Communications, Toronto Star
  • David Herle, Principal Partner, Gandalf Group
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Session 4: Other Voices

Other professional organizations with successful track records share best practices.

  • Ron Sapsford, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Medical Association
  • Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Susan Eng, Vice President for Advocacy, Canadian Association of Retired Professionals
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Session 5: Academic Institutions

Deans of Engineering and Siemens Canada CEO discuss the role of academic institutions and distill key insights from the conference.

  • Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada
  • Dr. Andrew Hrymak, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Western University
  • Dr. Brenda McCabe, Acting Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Pearl Sullivan, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Tom Duever, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ryerson University