CDE is a conference for engineering students across Canada to promote discussions on the topic of diversity in the engineering field, introduce discussion, and generate ideas to improve diversity in engineering education. This year, the third annual Conference on Diversity in Engineering will be hosted by McMaster University in the multifaceted city of Hamilton, Ontario.

 

Breaking the Status Quo

 
We hope to encourage and promote discussion between attendees, surrounding the topics that affect themselves and those in their communities. These topics include diversity in engineering education, diversity while working as a student, and in the word place after graduation. The sharing of ideas, resources, and strategies between attendees and from experts will further the mission of Breaking the Status Quo surrounding diversity in engineering education across Canada.

 

 

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CDE is a conference for engineering students across Canada to promote discussions on the topic of diversity in the engineering

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Consist of 51 engineering student societies from Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic and Western Canada

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Bilingual national federation that promotes growth and communication for Canadian engineering schools.

About this Conference

The Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE) is a three day, national conference that focuses on building a more inclusive engineering industry and education throughout Canada.  CDE 2017 aims to bring together a diverse network of engineering students and professionals from across the country to create a conversation about diversity in engineering. Delegates will leave CDE with knowledge equipping them to thrive in the engineering industry in the face of barriers, and to challenge the issues facing diverse individuals in the engineering profession.

At CDE, students and speakers will have the opportunity to share their successes and challenges in creating a more inclusive engineering community; and how embracing diversity better helps us as engineers address the complex problems of society.

In 2017, the third annual CDE will take place at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario from November 10th -12th, both in the downtown core and at the university.

CDE is presented by the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES), a bilingual national federation that promotes growth and communication for Canadian engineering schools. The CFES members consist of 51 engineering student societies from Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic and Western Canada.  The federation aims to ensure the free exchange of ideas between engineering schools, and to solicit and organize opportunities to improve the intellectual, cultural, academic, social and economic well-being of engineering students across the nation.

CDE will support the goals of the Federation by allowing engineering students to network and better understand the issues pertaining to diversity in engineering, while inspiring leadership and participation in the engineering community.

Schedule

FRIDAY

Chill Zone with Peer Support: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM BSB B139

8:00 AM - Registration

Registration at Sheraton Hotel
Room: Wellington Room

2:00 PM - Academic Flush

Join us in our traditional Mac Eng event of board games and snacks!
Room: Twelve-Eighty (McMaster University Student Centre) 

5:00 PM - Opening Ceremony

Room: BSB B136 

6:00 PM - Parallel Session Block #1
  1. Jack Talks by Jack.org

    Jack.org is a charity that trains and empowers young leaders who are revolutionizing mental health. Through Jack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack Summits, young leaders identify and break down barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack.org is working towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. A Canada without shame, and where all those that need support, get the help they deserve. With a national network of 2500 young leaders, we’re only just getting started.

    Presenter: Julia Wickens & Bryan David Williams
    Room: BSB - B135

  2. Anti-Oppression Training

    Presenter: Alexii Hernandez

    Room: BSB - B136

7:00 PM - Parallel Session Block #2
  1. Jack Talks by Jack.org

    Jack.org is a charity that trains and empowers young leaders who are revolutionizing mental health. Through Jack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack Summits, young leaders identify and break down barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack.org is working towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. A Canada without shame, and where all those that need support, get the help they deserve. With a national network of 2500 young leaders, we’re only just getting started.

    Presenter: Julia Wickens & Bryan David Williams
    Room: BSB - B136

  2. Anti-Oppression Training

    Presenter: Alexii Hernandez
    Room: BSB - B135
8:00 PM - Social & Dinner

McMaster University Student Centre
Room: Twelve-Eighty Pub

Chill Zone with Peer Support

The Chill Zone is a safe space with a calm environment where student cane come hangout with one of our peer support staffs. 

SATURDAY

Chill Zone with Peer Support: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM BSB B139
Sensory Safe Space: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM BSB B138

6:30 AM - Breakfast (Corrected)

Sheraton Hotel
Room: Beckett Room & Heritage Room

7:30 AM - Travel

Travel to McMaster University on HSR busses

8:00 AM - Keynote

From Engineers of Tomorrow (Interpreted)

Presenter: Erica Lee Garcia
Room: BSB - 147

9:00 AM - Parallel Session Block #1
  1. Diversity in Engineering Wearable Tech by Thalmic Labs (Interpreted)

    How do you create technology that everyone can use? You build a workforce that mirrors the diverse world around us. Melodie Vidal and Gabriel Reyes of Thalmic Labs will highlight the importance of diversity in wearable technology engineering design and give students some advice to take back to campus

    Presenter: Gabriel Reyes & Melodie Vidal
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. My Personal Journey by Albert Lam

    Albert Lam is currently a product manager at TELUS, and is focussed on the design and development of a new product for kids and families. Albert has held positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors in industries such as hospitality, defence and standardization. Passionate about community building, Albert started volunteering for Out on Bay Street in 2014 and later became President in 2016, re-branding the organization to Start Proud. Here he co-founded Canada's first LGBT tech summit, Venture Out, and expanded the organizations events to include 5 cities across Canada. Start Proud now produces two conferences a year, student scholarships, executive awards and year-round speaker/social events. He received a BASc at the University of Waterloo and MASc at the University of Toronto. In Albert’s spare time, he is an avid board game hobbyist with a collection of 75 games and enjoys unplugging from civilization by backcountry camping.

    Presenter: Albert Lam
    Room: BSB - 136

  3. Breaking Barriers for Women in STEM

    The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is leading a project to address barriers that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and aims to increase the participation of women in STEM programs and careers. Please join us to participate in a focus group discussion to share your insights and experiences as a female student pursuing a STEM career. The discussion will be facilitated by project leaders Valerie Davidson, Ph.D., P.Eng. Professor Emerita University of Guelph, and Annette Bergeron, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, president-elect, Engineers Canada

    Presenter: Valerie Davidson & Annette Bergeron
    Room: BSB - 137
10:00 AM - Coffee & Collaborate

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

10:30 AM - Parallel Session Block #2
  1. Mental Health and Awareness (Interpreted)

    The Mental Health and Awareness presentation will review mental health concepts, including factors that affect mental health, mental health on campus, recognizing and responding to students in distress and information on supports and resources.

    Presenter: Maggie Cockburn
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. Women of Colour in Engineering (Panel)

    Join Sabrina Diaz, Angella Mignon, Alexii Hernandez, Fatou Pompillus for a panel discussion focusing on Women of Colour in STEM. This panel will consist of sharing career experiences, and tips and tricks for success, as well as answering questions from students preparing to enter the professional world.

    Presenter: Sabrina Diaz, Angella Mignon, Somto Ibe, Fatou Pompillus
    Room: BSB - 136

  3. Breaking Barriers for Women in STEM (Continued)

    The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is leading a project to address barriers that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and aims to increase the participation of women in STEM programs and careers. Please join us to participate in a focus group discussion to share your insights and experiences as a female student pursuing a STEM career. The discussion will be facilitated by project leaders Valerie Davidson, Ph.D., P.Eng. Professor Emerita University of Guelph, and Annette Bergeron, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, president-elect, Engineers Canada

    Presenter: Valerie Davidson & Annette Bergeron
    Room: BSB -137
11:30 AM - Coffee & Collaborate, Career Fair

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

Career Fair will be held in the lobby of BSB

12:00 PM - Lunch, Career Fair

Lunch and refreshments
Room: BSB - 138

Career Fair will be held in the lobby of BSB

1:00 PM - Parallel Session Block #3
  1. Women in Stem by Catalyst Canada (Interpreted)

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) industries have experienced rapid growth in the 21st century, far outstripping other industries. Yet, it’s no secret that women  who hold roles in STEM fields can face significant challenges, and are severely underrepresented, particularly in senior leadership roles. We have an opportunity to change that in today’s business climate. We talk about the importance of innovation in STEM fields, and the reality is that diversity – and, importantly, inclusion – drive innovation.

    In  this session, Vandana Juneja, Senior Director, Catalyst (the leading non-profit organization accelerating progress for women  through workplace inclusion) will share with us some of the factors contributing to the lack of women in STEM industries, as well as steps that progressive 21st century companies can take to create more inclusive environments where women can advance. Vandana will share some of Catalyst’s leading research on tech-intensive industries, as well as various myths with respect to women’s advancement. She will also share with us how large companies are making it a priority to create more inclusive cultures where all individuals can advance, accelerate their careers and thrive.



    Presenter: Vadana Juneja & Alicia Sullivan
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. Social Sustainability in Engineering (Panel)

    Join Fatou Pompillus, Sabrina Diaz, and Jeanette Southwood for a panel discussion on Social Sustainability in Engineering. What does being socially sustainable mean? How do you consider diverse stakeholders? Ask questions and hear experiences from professional engineers with experience in sustainability.

    Presenter: Fatou Pompillus, Sabrina Diaz, Jeanette Southwood
    Room: BSB - 136

  3. Community Integration & Intersectionality (EngiQueers Canada Meet-up)

    Hosted by the President & Vice President of EngiQueers Canada (a newly formed non-profit organization that oversees 31 chapters in 9 provinces) - attend this session to discuss how Diversity Clubs can go from existing, to a staple in the community. We'll also be discussing how to incorporate Intersectionality into Diversity organizations. This will be a very interactive workshop!

    Presenter: Vanessa RaponiAlexander Dow
    Room: BSB - 137

2:00 PM - Coffee & Collaborate

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

2:30 PM - Parallel Session Block #4
  1. The Intersection of your Personal and Professional Identities by Change Lab x EngiQueers Canada 

    The Engineering Change Lab and EngiQueers Canada have collaborated to create this introspective workshop. Investigating the intersection of personal and professional engineering identities, this workshop aims to help you to explore your own identities. You'll leave with a broader perspective of what it means to be an engineer, and a better understanding of where you personally fit into the engineering community

    Presenter: Mark Abbot & Vanessa Raponi
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. LGBTQ Professionals in STEM

    Join Dr. Ayse Turak, Steve Yan, Alexander Dow and Evy Phillips-Sheldon for a panel discussion focusing on the experiences of LGBTQ+ professionals in STEM. This panel will consist of sharing career experiences, and tips and tricks for success, as well as answering questions from students preparing to enter the professional world.

    Presenter: Ayse Turak, Steve Yan, Alexander Dow, Evy Phillips-Sheldon
    Room: BSB - 136

  3. Research on Diversity in Engineering

    This workshop will provide an overview of data collection around diversity at post-secondary institutions. We will discuss our research design and intended outcomes of our project. Participants will be asked to ‘workshop’, that is, critically reflect on the survey questions themselves.

    Presenter: Jennifer Long
    Room: BSB -137
3:30 PM - Coffee & Collaborate

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

4:00 PM - Travel & Prep for Banquet

Travel to Sheraton Hotel on HSR busses

Time to get fancy

5:30 PM - Banquet

Art Gallery of Hamilton, across from Sheraton Hotel

10:30 PM - Social

Movie featuring Ragnorak with Popcorn and drinks

Location: Landmark Cinema - Jackson Square (same building as Sheraton hotel)

Sensory Safe Space

Every1Games’ Sensory Lounge is an autism friendly space to relax in a stress free environment. Visit this small Snoezelen room for some quiet time and rest. Whether you’re exhausted from passion and social interaction, or just want to reset and decompress, this Sensory Lounge is a unique place to visit and take a break.

Chill Zone with Peer Support

The Chill Zone is a safe space with a calm environment where student cane come hangout with one of our peer support staffs. 

SUNDAY

Chill Zone with Peer Support: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM BSB B139
Sensory Safe Space: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM BSB B138

6:30 AM - Breakfast (Corrected)

Sheraton Hotel
Room: Beckett Room & Heritage Room

7:30 AM - Travel

Travel to McMaster University on HSR busses

 

8:00 AM - Keynote

Self-proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna Burgart dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments, with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges. Deanna focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs. Walking in many worlds, Deanna has developed a passion for closing gaps between different viewpoints and empowering others to achieve their goals and career aspirations. As one of less than 100 self-declared First Nations, Metis, and Inuit engineers and geoscientists in Alberta, Deanna is committed to helping to raise the representation of Aboriginal people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

Presenter: Deanna Bergart
Room: BSB - 147

9:00 AM - Parallel Session Block #1
  1. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion by OSPE

    With over a decade of engineering experience, Réjeanne believes that relationship building, and advocacy are vital to the survival of the engineering profession. ‘We do this by getting visible. Through advocacy we lift our profession and in the process, we have the opportunity to leave an indelible footprint on our communities. We become invaluable as more people recognize our contributions and create safe, efficient opportunities for all.’ Join Réjeanne Aimey, P.Eng., Director, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) for an interactive conversation about equality, diversity and inclusion in the profession. By sharing her story, Réjeanne encourages others to share their own and to ask themselves the tough questions. What does equality, diversity and inclusion look like within the profession and why are they critical to the engineering landscape? How can the next generation of engineers navigate through this uncharted territory successfully and what does it mean to succeed?

    Presenter: Rejeanne Aimey
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. Neurodiversity and the Social Model of Autism

    This workshop lead by Sarah Saucier will help all students learn more about how to be an effective team leader by understanding neurodiversity, the social model of Autism, and the importance of advocacy as students with disabilities and allies. This workshop is for everyone, join us for this important discussion about how neurodiversity impacts your experiences as a student and how you can leverage your experiences to be a better engineer getting the most value from your degree.

    Presenter: Sarah Saucier
    Room: BSB - 136

  3. Workplace Culture by SACHA

    When people hear “women in STEM” they think about sexual harassment, but the topic is so much deeper. What’s the reality for women working in STEM? From lego to ladies learning code to youtube comments, we’ll chat about the successes and the barriers. We’ll used videos, memes, and a participatory discussion to work through this tough topic together.

    Presenter: Crickett
    Room: BSB - 137
10:00 AM - Coffee & Collaborate

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

10:30 AM - Parallel Session Block #2 (Corrected)
  1. Allyship and Creating Inclusive Spaces by the 519

    This one hour will provide begin to explore how we can create spaces that invite, welcome and celebrate gender diversity. We'll discuss specifically what gender affirming spaces, services, education and workplaces look like - where things are at, and where they need to go to embrace all the talent available to the engineering profession. This session will begin conversations about how to transform student spaces and grow your professional practice to align with Ontario and Canada’s legislative human rights framework, sectoral guidelines and credible research, which all together make a case that link trans inclusion and healthy, contributing and creative people, workplaces and communities. It's only an hour, so conversations will need to flow out from the session to create change!

    Presenter: Rogue Witterick
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. IBM Workshop: The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

    Diversity & inclusion is clearly beneficial from a societal and social perspective, but what about the business case? This engaging workshop will give you the tools and skills to (1) clearly articulate why D&I is important from a business perspective, (2) leverage your own uniqueness in the workplace, and (3) build diverse & inclusive teams to maximize business results. Led by Christopher Morello, a Digital Strategy Consultant & recruitment lead at IBM, and former Fellow at Out Leadership (an LGBTQ+ strategic advising firm based in New York City).

    Presenter: Christopher Morello
    Room: BSB - 136

  3. Combating Rape Culture in Engineering by SACHA

    It’s normal to feel overwhelmed with stories of sexual violence in the news. This participatory workshop will give folks a grounding in what rape culture is, how it is created a sustained, and everyday actions folks can take to end rape culture.

    Presenter: Crickett
    Room: BSB - 137
11:30 AM - Coffee & Collaborate

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

12:00 PM - Lunch

Lunch and refreshments 
Room: CIBC Hall (3rd floor of McMaster University Student Centre)

1:00 PM - Parallel Session Block #3
  1. Creating Change in Your Engineering Community

    Having facilitated culture change in their engineering community behind the scenes, two upper year engineering students share their stories of advocating for change. Attend this session to learn how the McMaster Engineering Society began incorporating non-drinking events as staple traditions, and how McMaster EngiQueers helped dozens of students feel more comfortable in their own skin for generations 

    Presenter: Vanessa Raponi & Dani Lake
    Room: BSB - 147


  2. Indigenous Perspective in STEM (Panel)

    How can we promote indigenous inclusion in STEM? How can Engineering projects collaborate with Indigenous communities? Join Indigenous professionals and student panelists in a conversation surrounding Indigenous Perspectives in STEM.

    Presenter: Barry Hill, Dr. Dawn Hill, James Knibb-Lamouche
    Room: BSB - 136

  3. Exploring and Understanding Peer Support by Peer Support Line McMaster

    The McMaster Student Union Peer Support Line is an anonymous and confidential phone and online chat service that students may access to share their concerns, to receive empathetic, non-judgmental peer support, and to explore on- and off-campus resources with a trained peer listener. With this workshop, our team is thrilled to explore how we can support ourselves and others in hopes of promoting mental wellness and inclusivity for all in the Engineering community.

    Presenter: Valerie Kim
    Room: BSB - 137
2:00 PM - Coffee & Collaborate

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

2:30 PM - Parallel Session Block #4 (Corrected)
  1. Empathy in Design by Engineering Without Borders

    Presenter: Rashmi Rajendran
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. My Colourful Career

    A Colourful Engineering Career: Where in the multiverse can engineering take you? Nicole Weatherly, Creative Engineer and Founder of SUPERSTAR X, will share her colourful career roadmap, inspiring students to fully explore the diverse possibilities for their own engineering career.

    Presenter: Nicole Weatherly
    Room: BSB - 136

3:30 PM - Coffee & Collaborate

Refreshments and hot beverages
Room: BSB - 138

4:00 PM - Parallel Session Block #5
  1. Inclusivity and First Year Orientation

    How can we make Orientation Week the best experience possible for all 1st year students? Join McMaster's outgoing Welcome Week Planners in a discussion on how Engineering Societies can plan and implement an orientation week that is positive for all.

    Presenter: Ian McArthur
    Room: BSB - 147

  2. My Experience in Silicon Valley

    Turning challenges into opportunities: Silicon Valley alum Alyssia Jovellanos shares her story and career advice, often being the only woman on engineering teams, turning colleagues into allies, finding community, and using your unique diversity as a strength.

    Presenter: Alyssia Jovellanos
    Room: BSB - 137
5:00 PM - Closing Ceremony

Room: 

5:30 PM - Travel

Travel to Sheraton Hotel on HSR busses

6:30 PM - Food Crawl

Ending the conference off with a food crawl from several amazing restaurants in downtown Hamilton.

Group 1 - No Preference
- The Mule
- Charred Rotisserie
- Green Bar

Group 2 - Veggie/Vegan
- Green Bar
- Ben Thanh Viet Thai
- The Mule

Group 3 - Meat Lover
- Charred Rotisserie 
- The Mule
- Gate of India

Group 4 - Halal 
- Gate of India
- Green Bar
- The Mule

Group 5 - No Preference
- Ben Thanh Viet Thai
- Gate of India
- Charred Rotisserie

Sensory Safe Space

Every1Games’ Sensory Lounge is an autism friendly space to relax in a stress free environment. Visit this small Snoezelen room for some quiet time and rest. Whether you’re exhausted from passion and social interaction, or just want to reset and decompress, this Sensory Lounge is a unique place to visit and take a break.

Chill Zone with Peer Support

The Chill Zone is a safe space with a calm environment where student cane come hangout with one of our peer support staffs. 

McMaster University

Venues

Contact Us

Dani Lake

Dani Lake

Conference Chair
dani@cde.cfes.ca

 

The theme of CDE 2017 is “Breaking the Status Quo.” Over the
conference, we hope to not only educate participants on the challenges faced by those of different genders, race, ability, etc but also to provide workshops for those who do fall into a minority category from experts on dealing with those unique challenges. By contributing to CDE, you can help shape the future of the engineering profession to one that is more diverse, and a more comfortable work environment for those who identify under any minority group.

Santiago Vera

Santiago Vera

Finance
veras@mcmaster.ca

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Ben Torres-Kulik

Logistics
logistics@cfes.ca

Ian McArthur

Ian McArthur

Logistics
ian@cde.cfes.ca

Hannah McPhee

Hannah McPhee

Programming
hannah@cde.cfes.ca

Dina Al-Shalah

Dina Al-Shalah

Sponsorship
sponsorship@cde.cfes.ca

Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee

Sponsorship
sponsorship@cde.cfes.ca

Aly Al Samoul

Aly Al Samouly

Sponsorship
sponsorship@cde.cfes.ca

Ugonwa Echendu

Ugonwa Echendu

Accommodations
ugonwa@cde.cfes.ca

Vanessa Raponi

Vanessa Raponi

Advisor
vanessa@cde.cfes.ca

Zahra Syed

Zahra Syed

Advisor
Zahra@cde.cfes.ca

Haleigh Longo

Haleigh Longo

Branding
haleigh@cde.cfes.ca

Winky Luo

Winky Luo

Web Designer
luowq@mcmaster.ca

Sponsorship

We would like to thank our sponsors for making the Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE) 2017 possible.

 
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