The Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium, a unique and progressive recruitment initiative, has brought together seven of Canada’s top universities to address the country’s urgent need for qualified engineers who can solve today’s most complex technical, social and environmental challenges.

“When you go into the workforce and you have a graduate degree, you have a better sense of what a proper research program is, what the burden of proof is if you want to make a claim about something…For me, the timeline of moving from highly technical roles to produce line manager has been compressed in a big way—many of my colleagues have 25-plus years’ experience…I didn’t learn how to do explosives research at university—I learned to do research. And the quality of work that we do is a direct result of the education we got in grad school.”

– Marc Evans, MEng, 2017 CGEC event speaker. Product line manager with Med-Eng, a bomb-proof suit manufacturer. Evans was one of the top 32 finalists in the Canadian Space agency’s 2017 astronaut recruitment campaign.

“This is a way to talk directly to people from multiple universities. You’re getting really valuable information straight from the source…The job I want requires a master’s degree—I’m planning on switching fields…I really like environmental engineering and I’m glad I have that in my knowledge base. But renewable energy is a bit outside my current area and a master’s degree is a good way to reshape my path.”

– Danielle Schmidt, 2016 CGEC event attendee, Student Environmental Engineering Co-op. Danielle’s studies in environmental engineering have focused to a large degree on water and decontamination, but Schmidt has become more interested in a career in renewable energy.

“Grad school is where I discovered robotics was my true calling and it’s where I met a network of like-minded people whose companies now lead the field. Together, we’re now bringing drones and computer vision technology into the mainstream. Grad studies made it all possible.”

– April Blaylock, MASc, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; Senior Unmanned Aerial Systems Developer at Aeryon Labs Inc

“Some would say they don’t want to take on the risk of going back to school, quitting a job and not knowing the outcome of their effort. For me, that was never a question. I recognized that someone would always hire an engineer.”

– Bruce McGee, MEng, PhD, Electrical Engineering; Founder of McMillan-McGee Corp

“The decision to quit my job to go back school was critical to my future success, not only because of the deeper technical knowledge that I gained, but more so because of the realization that I could chart my own path and create new technologies that have never been created before.”

– Brad Quinton, BASc Electrical, PhD Electrical and Computer; Startup founder, Sr. Director, Technology at Qualcomm Inc.