CEEA/ACEG 2017 ConferenceSpeakers

Opening Remarks

Dean Cristina Amon and Greg Evans

June 05, 2017, 09:00 - 09:30

Keynote: Prof. Debbie Chachra

Rethinking Engineering Education

June 05, 2017, 09:30 - 10:30


Debbie Chachra

Professor of Engineering at Olin College of Engineering

Debbie Chachra is a Professor of Engineering at Olin College of Engineering, an undergraduate institution which graduated its first class in 2006 and where she was one of the early faculty.  Her research interests include biological materials, design, infrastructure, and engineering education and the engineering student experience, with a focus on self-efficacy, persistence and migration, and gender. Prior to joining Olin College, she was a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship.  She received her undergraduate engineering degree, her master’s degree, and her doctorate from the University of Toronto.  In 2010, she received an NSF CAREER Award in support of her research on engineering education.

Keynote B: Prof. Val Davidson & Prof. Mary Wells

Creating an Inclusive Engineering Landscape to Ensure Everyone Thrives

June 06, 2017, 09:00 - 10:00

Valerie Davidson

University Professor Emerita, University of Guelph

Valerie Davidson is a University Professor Emerita, University of Guelph. She has an inter-disciplinary background that combines engineering and food science. Her professional career includes experience in consulting, food manufacturing and university teaching and research.

A passionate advocate for creating a more inclusive environment for women in STEM fields, Valerie served as the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario from 2003 to 2011.  Under her leadership the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) was launched connecting all of the schools and faculties of engineering in Ontario. In 2016 Valerie received the Citizenship Medal, an Ontario Professional Engineers Award to recognize her contributions to the engineering community.


Mary Wells

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Professor Mary Wells is the inaugural Associate Dean Outreach for the University of  Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering and the Chair of the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering (ONWiE). Dr Wells has led initiatives to uncover the root causes of the continued lack of participation of women in engineering as well as programs to address these barriers. These activities have exposed young women in elementary and secondary schools to the engineering profession and supported current engineering students along with women working in the profession.  Reaching over 3,000 young women across Ontario annually, these initiatives have boosted female application and entry rates to Ontario engineering programs by over 250%.  The province of Ontario has been so successful at attracting women into their engineering programs that many of these outreach programs are now spreading across Canada.

Engineer of 2050

“Predicting the unpredictable and preparing our students to meet it” is the focus of the grand finale of CEEA 2017.

June 07, 2017, 09:00 - 10:30

Engineer of 2050

“Predicting the unpredictable and preparing our students to meet it” is the focus of the grand finale of CEEA 2017.

This special keynote workshop is intended to provoke and inspire educational strategies so as to build a shared foundation for how we might equip future engineering students to meet the mid-century challenges of the volatile data age.

Join us in Toronto in June 2017!

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

June 4, 2017 - June 7, 2017

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