Engineers look beyond own profession to address critical challenges facing Canada today

    MONTREAL, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Engineering profession has
heard the call from experts and have committed to address key issues facing
Canadians and their country. The Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum
(Leadership Forum) signed a memorandum of understanding today formalizing
their collaboration as they work together to ensure a safer, cleaner,
healthier and more competitive Canada. The Leadership Forum brings together
representatives from Engineers Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada,
the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Association of Canadian Engineering
Companies, the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science,
and the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students.
    "Engineering plays a largely hidden, but vital role, in almost every
aspect of society," said Dick Fletcher, FEC, P.Eng., chair of the Leadership
Forum. "Our organizations are partnering to optimize the value and
effectiveness of the engineering profession as it supports Canada and its
needs that evolve in the increasingly global society in which we live."
    The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the first-ever National
Engineering Summit, titled Leading a Canadian Future - The New Engineer in
Society, which brought together representatives from a broad range of sectors
and disciplines. For three days, Summit participants attended presentations
and discussions on healthcare, the environment, safety and security, global
competitiveness and quality of life. With major demographic, social,
technological and environmental changes expected over the next 10 years and
beyond, the goal of the Summit was to see how engineering can best serve the
public interest and determine the new engineer's role in society.
    To mark the end of the Summit, a closing statement was presented to the
participants declaring the profession's commitments in innovation, sustainable
development, educational engagements and public policy development. This
statement came as a result of presentations by engineers and key experts in
all areas that impact Canadians.
    "For the first time, engineers have turned to other professions to hear
from them how engineers can be enablers," said Pat Quinn, P.Eng., chair of the
Engineering Summit Organizing Committee . "Engineers want to play a vital role
in our societal development that will drive economic progress, enhance social
and physical infrastructures, and inspire the changes that improve our quality
of life."
    The Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum will play a central role in
enabling the profession to achieve these ends - providing direction and
fostering collaboration.

    About Engineers Canada

    Engineers Canada is the Secretariat for the Canadian Engineering
Leadership Forum (CELF) and is the national organization of the 12 provincial
and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in
Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.

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For further information: Aurélie Walsh, Blueprint Public Relations,
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