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Engineering Means Community Forum

Audience: Public Format: In-Person

October 7 at 8:30 am 4:30 pm

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Join us for an day of insight on important issues followed by an exclusive networking event at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a venue renowned for its stunning collection of Canadian art, including works by the Group of Seven and Indigenous artists.

We will start the day with a traditional Indigenous greeting, creating a space for positive energy and intentions. We will commence with a keynote session and devlve into a variety of topics navigating conversations on Indigenous relations, social procurement, on-site challenges and ethics in design. We will wrap the day with a networking event within the art collection itself, sure to be a conversation starter.

We will be nestled in the picturesque Humber River Valley, where the gallery offers an inspiring environment with breathtaking natural surroundings. Experience an exchange of ideas and discussion on trending topics with a backdrop of cultural and artistic excellence. This unique event promises enriching conversations, professional growth, and the opportunity to appreciate Canada’s artistic heritage in a truly exceptional setting.

Further session information to come. This event is open to the entire engineering, design and construction industry. All are welcome. Enjoy early bird pricing until August 31st.

The Day at a Glance

9:00 AM – Keynote: TBD

9:20 AM – Indigenous Relations – Panel
This panel won’t follow the usual checklist; instead, we will hear firsthand opinions from Indigenous leaders and those who engage with them. Learn the crucial first steps and best practices for successful engagement in an in-depth way, directly from those who know firsthand, come to understand the true community benefit agreements. We will also address common misperceptions and myths, as well as the capacity and cost challenges faced by the industry.

Discover how these insights tie into real projects, highlighting successes and what worked best. This event promises to provide valuable knowledge and practical strategies for navigating the complexities of the design and construction industry.

11:00 AM – Navigating the Practices of Social Procurement – Panel
Join this panel session featuring the Ontario Not-for-Profit Network (ONN), City of Waterloo, and other guest speakers, as they discuss the evolving landscape of social procurement. Each organization will offer their unique insights into their social procurement strategies and initiatives.

Our expert panelists will share firsthand experiences, exploring the challenges and opportunities within their respective policy environments. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from leading voices in the field, gain practical insights into navigating the future of social procurement, supporting how your firm will be able to prepare for the future evolution of project requirements.

The session will conclude with a moderated Q&A, providing an interactive platform for audience engagement.

12:00 PM – Networking Lunch:

A freestyle networking lunch, with an elevated culinary experience, will provide a relaxed and informal setting for you and your industry colleagues to discuss ideas shared in the morning sessions. Engage in informal mentorship with up-and-coming leaders, grow your networks and reconnect with those you haven’t seen in a while.

1:00 PM Empowering Change: Addressing On-Site Challenges – Panel
This panel discussion will explore the challenges women engineers face on construction sites, focusing on cultural change, physical safety, hygiene, and harassment. By bringing together member firms and experts in workplace safety, we aim to highlight real-world issues and discuss actionable strategies for creating a safer, more inclusive work environment. Topics will include fostering respectful site cultures, improving safety protocols, ensuring adequate hygiene facilities, and addressing harassment and discrimination.

2:15 PM – TBD: Ethics in Community Design

3:00 PM – Closing

3:15 PM – Exclusive Gallery Networking Event
We will cap off the day with a beverage and more time to connect, giving space for building valuable connections and fostering long-term collaboration all while being amongst the impressive Canadian art collection within the gallery exhibits.

4: 30 PM – Adjourn

Ticket Prices

Early Bird – $225 +HST (Sale ends August 31st)
Standard – $275 +HST
Group Tickets – $850 +HST (4 Ticket Bundle)

Cancellation and Refunds:

  • If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so up to 10 business days prior to the event. In such cases, we will issue a refund minus the processing fee.
  • Cancellations received less than 10 business days prior to the event are non-refundable.


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225.00$ – 850.00$ + HST – Early Bird – Standard – Group Tickets

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J 1C0 Canada


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Early Bird tickets, purchased before Aug 31st
47 available
Group of 4 Tickets
15 available