Meet Vincent Zhang: How the Summer Program transformed my life

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Vincent Zhang (Year 2 MechE) about his experiences with ILead’s Faculty-wide Summer Program: Engineer Your Future and his perspective on leadership. Vincent’s journey with ILead began in the summer of 2016 when he registered for the Faculty-wide Summer Program. He was quick to tell me how this… Read more »

Anyone can cook…and anyone can lead!

Gusteau (from the movie Ratatouille): You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true – anyone can cook…but only the fearless can be great. A… Read more »

CoP Conference Sheds Light on School-to-Work Transition of Engineers

On Friday, November 11th ILead’s Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership (CoP) took another major step forward, hosting the Third Conference on the Leader Engineer at U of T. More than 70 people attended, including employees of all eight participating companies in addition to students, staff and faculty from U of T Engineering. The focus… Read more »

Meet Gabriel Castro Xavier: A summer spent in ILead’s Summer Program

Gabriel Castro Xavier (IndE 1T8) is a third year, international student studying Industrial Engineering who enjoys long boarding, reading, and hiking. After completing his second year, he decided to stay in Canada for the summer for the first time. “To make sure I was utilizing my time well, I joined ILead Faculty-wide Summer Program and… Read more »

Meet Omar Hamdy: Leadership is extremely dynamic and ever-changing

Omar Hamdy (ChemE 1T8) was part of ILead’s Summer Fellowship. He got involved with ILead last year when he interacted with the Club Leaders Roundtable to discuss the needs of a club he was working with. As that club disintegrated, he founded ChemE Car and continued his involvement with ILead through the Club Leaders Roundtable,… Read more »

Teams built on a foundation of values and conflict

ILead recently hosted its full-day Leadership Lab on Optimizing Teams. The workshop provided a foundation for thinking about individual and team values, leadership and working styles within a team, understanding and resolving conflict, and creating actionable change in team behaviours. Many students came away with a new understanding of the benefits of tailoring team norms… Read more »

Student Club Spotlight – ILead:Grad

ILead:Grad is a student organization lead by graduate students for graduate students. Their vision is “everybody is a leader” and they accomplish that vision by hosting workshops where graduate students can refine their personal and professional skills. I spoke to the co-chairs of ILead:Grad,  Yee Wei Foong (MASc, MSE) and Muneera Chowdhury (MEng, ECE), about… Read more »

Industry Panel: What Skills Matter? – Meet Emily Moore (Part 3)

On November 28th, ILead is hosting a Leadership Lab called Industry Panel: What Skills Matter? Over the course of November, we will feature interviews from the four panelists. This week we will hear from Emily Moore – Director of Water Technology at Hatch and Board of Advisor for ILead. Who or what inspires you? What… Read more »

Industry Panel: What Skills Matter? – Meet Ashley Lawrence (Part 2)

On November 28th, ILead is hosting a Leadership Lab called Industry Panel: What Skills Matter? Over the course of November, we will feature interviews from the four panelists. This week we will hear from Ashley Lawrence – CFO at Kijiji Canada and Board of Advisor for ILead. Who or what inspires you? I’m inspired by… Read more »

What does leadership mean to The Game Mentors?

On October 20th The Game participants met their future mentors for the first time. Between talking to students and helping students further their ideas about the problems they have chosen to tackle, I spoke to the Mentors about “What leadership means to them?”. These are some of their responses: Keita Demming (Executive Director, The Agency)… Read more »