The Conference on Diversity in Engineering

Ryerson University 2018

About CDE 2018

CDE 2018 aims to bring together some of Canada’s top student leaders and industry professionals alike. CDE will provide students the tools required to reach their full potential within the engineering industry while also tackling everyday issues. The topic of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) although gaining traction, continues to require dialogue. These students will be given the opportunity to take part in the conservation, to further collaborate and innovate solutions in existing EDI problems.

Ryerson University is proud to be a part of the most multi-cultural city in Canada. Toronto is a diverse, thriving city and the perfect place to host The Conference on Diversity in Engineering. Our university is one of the first ever to have a senior leadership position dedicated to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Our campus has many services and offices that exist to further principles of EDI such as the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education, the RSU Equity Service Centres, and Human Rights Services. The President of Ryerson and the Dean of Engineering also hold a strong commitment to EDI and are both very supportive of this conference.

Land Acknowledgement

Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’.  The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

Ryerson University and all of our venue spaces are situated on the lands of various Indigenous communities. As settlers on this land it is important to be aware of the historical and ongoing impact that our presence has on Indigenous communities. We must work with the Indigenous community to learn how we can decolonize our academic, work and personal spaces.

History of CDE

The Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE) is a Canada wide conference taking place over three days during the month of November, presented by the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES). CDE is hosted by one of CFES’s 51 member schools through a bidding process. This conference’s roots date back to 1990, when it was initiated as a local conference at Queens University. Through much success, 28 years later, it has been hosted by 10 schools and grown into an annual national conference averaging about 200 delegates from across the country.