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January 11th 2016:Using Social Labs for Change In and Around Higher Education: A Case in Canada

Social labs bring together stakeholders with different, even opposing, points of view in a practical effort to promote systemic change. Show host Dave Goldberg, recently witnessed one session of a social lab called the Engineering Change Lab in Toronto, Ontario that brought together public officials, educators, engineering practitioners, and engineering professional organizations in an effort to bring about substantive change in the practice of engineering and the education of engineers across Canada. This week's show is joined by three principals of that effort, namely Mark Abbott and Boris M

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Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott currently serves as the Engineering Leadership portfolio manager at Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) and as the “Animator” of the Engineering Change Lab, which is a platform for collaboration to allow individuals and organizations from across the profession in Canada to take action to address the systemic challenges (i.e. ethics failures, lack of diversity, and low levels of innovation) that have been holding back the profession’s full potential. The core Lab Team consists of 40 senior leaders (CEOs, VPs, Deans, Directors) each representing different organizations from across the profession. Previously Mark served as a member of the Executive Team at EWB for several years.
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Kim Allen

Kim Allen is the chief executive officer of Engineers Canada, the national organization of organizations that regulate Canada’s 280,000 engineers. Engineers Canada provides national and leadership & support to promote & maintain the integrity, honour, interests & excellence of the profession. It also accredits the engineering programs at Canada’s 44 engineering schools. With more than 25 years of accomplishment as a chief executive in the public, private & association sectors, Mr. Allen implements winning strategies for the success of the engineering profession and the promotion of the competency, integrity and public accountability of engineers. He also serves as an advisor to government re
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Boris Martin

Boris Martin is the CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada. Boris lived and worked with farmers in rural Burkina Faso and Ghana for three years between 2007 and 2010, where he led a team supporting the adaptive capacity of farming organizations. He learned the hard way -- and continues to learn -- how much humility it takes to truly partner across barriers of wealth and power and empower change from the grassroots. The experience grounded Boris' life purpose in addressing the systemic underpinnings of poverty. In 2013, he joined EWB Canada's Toronto-based executive team as Vice President of Strategy and Investment, where he spearheaded innovation in EWB's approach to development. He was app
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