• August 13-14, 2024

    NICKEL IX will involve in-person workshops, classroom simulations, reflective activities and great conversation!

    This conference is designed for university faculty, staff and instructors from Canadian universities with a personal interest in, and passion for engineering leadership education. If you are interested in joining, and learning with this welcoming community of educators, you should attend NICKEL IX. No experience in teaching engineering leadership necessary — just an interest to learn and share your perspectives with others.

    The theme for the NICKEL IX Conference is Leadership in a Time of Truth and Reconciliation.

    The conference will include a tour and presentation by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which is housed at the University of Manitoba and located on Treaty One Territory, the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Red River Métis. The conference program includes opportunities to engage with and learn from those who are at various points in their journey of bringing Truth and Reconciliation into engineering education.

  • Objectives

    • Learn and gain resources to support leadership for Truth and Reconciliation in the engineering classroom.
    • Build relationships between individuals engaged in engineering leadership education.
    • Form a network of learning and action.
    • Demonstrate and experience active-learning activities with a leadership theme.
    • Share best practices and greatest challenges.
    • Integrate new ideas into university programs.
    • Stimulate interest in research on engineering leadership and its pedagogy.
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The conference fee is $262.50 ($250 CAD plus GST) which includes light breakfasts and lunches both days and a conference dinner on Tuesday evening.


The program will begin at 8:00 am on Tuesday August 13 and conclude at 3:00 pm Wednesday August 14. There will be a conference dinner on Tuesday evening.


Rooms are being held at four nearby hotels for August 12-15, 2024. Please be sure to book by July 12, 2024 to guarantee availability and rates.

Conference committee

  • Kathryn Atamanchuk stands in the engineering building atrium, smiling and posing for the camera.

    Kathryn Atamanchuk (she/her)

    University of Manitoba

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    John Donald (he/him)

    University of Guelph
    Representing the NICKEL Steering Committee

  • Carolyn Geddert stands smiling and posing for the camera.

    Carolyn Geddert (she/her)

    University of Manitoba

  • headshot of Ella Morris

    Ella Morris (she/her)

    University of Manitoba

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    Patricia Sheridan (she/her)

    University of Toronto

Additional information

If you questions about the venue or accommodations, please reach out to Carolyn Geddert ( If you have questions about the programming please reach out to Kathryn Atamanchuk ( or Patricia Sheridan (