"To keep our economic engine running in the face of this imminent shortfall, Canadian industry needs the specialized knowledge and skills of a new kind of engineer — those with advanced degrees." This is the key focus of an editorial published in Policy Options on March 15.
The editorial highlighted the mandate of a Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium, a unique and progressive recruitment initiative made up of five of Canada's top universities to address the country's urgent need for qualified engineers to tackle today's highly-complex technical, social and environmental challenges.
The editorial, entitled “Canadian engineers are retiring en masse, and we need highly qualified graduates to replace them” points out that with the growing numbers of retiring engineers in Canada there will be a shortage prepared to take on the technology and infrastructure challenges of our future. Graduate studies programs available across the country offer extraordinary research and professional development opportunities to provide students with the depth of engineering knowledge and tools Canada requires.