Hatch and U of T partner to develop young engineers as leaders
Toronto, ON—For the second year running, Hatch will partner with the University of Toronto (U of T) to help advance leadership skills among engineering students. The company’s C$50,000 sponsorship of the university’s Community of Practice (CoP) for Engineering Leadership is paving the way. Students will gain access to industry mentors and programs that focus on professional development and accelerated growth on arrival in the workplace.
“We’re counting on our soon-to-be and future engineers to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, like climate change and rapid urbanization,” says Emily Moore, PhD, Hatch’s managing director of water, and board member of U of T’s Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead). “We need fresh, innovative solutions from our next generation of problem-solvers, and they need the confidence to bring their answers to the table.”
The CoP operates in collaboration with the U of T’s ILead, program, which delivers leadership courses as part of its curriculum. The first year, it focused on research into the transition from university to work life, providing students with learning opportunities through informational interviews, and panel and conference discussions. The upcoming year will narrow in on the transition from new graduate to project leader/manager.
“The program reaches new levels of effectiveness with involvement and support from sponsors like Hatch,” says ILead director, Professor Doug Reeve. “We believe the profession benefits, too, with more capable, work-ready engineers who know what it takes to influence others and make a substantive contribution.”
The CoP’s third semi-annual conference was held in Toronto on November 11, 2016, with several members of Hatch’s leadership team attending. Hatch has since been awarded the U of T Engineering’s Corporate Academic Citizen Award for fostering broad and comprehensive relationships with the Faculty in order to impact research, teaching, and student experience.
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