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The Canadian Business Journal
setting and assessing national standards,” Allen
says. “It’s a never-ending, continuous cycle of
improvement. Our Accreditation Board is always
attempting to set the bar higher, and to reach
further, making sure that we’re on the top of our
game and that Canadian engineering students
are getting the best education in the world.”
Another of Engineers Canada’s role is to
monitor the availability of engineering resources
and has collected national data on enrolment
and degrees awarded since the 1970s. It pub-
lishes this information annually in Canadian
Engineers for Tomorrow: Trends in Engineering
Enrolment and Degrees Awarded which contains
data collected from universities on accredited
engineering programs across Canada, as well as
analysis and interpretation of this data.
A Sustainable Profession
is a Diverse Profession
“Engineers Canada’s goal is to have the profes-
sion represent the demographics of Canada,”
Allen says. To achieve this, it is currently working
on a number of outreach projects to ensure
that women make up a greater percentage of
the population of engineers. In fact, Engineers
Canada reports that less than 12% of practicing
licensed engineers are women. It is collaborat-
ing with the provincial and territorial regulators
to raise the percentage of newly licensed women
engineers to 30% by 2030. Achieving this goal is
essential to keep the profession sustainable and
innovate for the safety and well-being of soci-
ety, Allen says. But Engineers Canada can’t do it
alone. It has reached out to likeminded stake-
holders and organizations to collaborate on this
goal, whether it is in academic programs, places
of employment or other areas. It plans also to
recognize organizations that make significant
progress in this area.
A Strong Foundation of
Science, Creativity and
Innovation
The federal government’s 2016 budget com-
mits billions for a mix of infrastructure projects in
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 10,11,12
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