GEDC 2017 Niagara Falls, Canada

GEDC 2017 Niagara Falls, Canada will bring together the top minds from around the globe to discuss issues of importance: From smart systems to bioinnovation to sustainability to engaging local communities to nurturing entrepreneurship and high-tech start-ups. GEDC members, including your host McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering, address grand challenges facing the world, including climate change, renewable energy, digital transformation and health care. The conference will facilitate important discussions about engineering education, research and outreach and how to better prepare for the fourth industrial revolution that will continue to transform our world through digital disruption.



Conference Themes

Participants are encouraged to 

Visa Requirements

Please visit the Government of Canada website for entry requirements by country. If you require a Visa letter, please contact Janet Delsey (McMaster University).

The Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), that applies to visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to or transiting Canada by air. Among those exempted from this new requirement are U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. For travelers arriving by land (if you fly into Buffalo and drive across border), a valid passport or visa is all that is required.

To see if you need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization website. An eTA costs $7 CAD and is valid for up to five years.

Institutional Supporters


American University in Dubai American University of Sharjah Edith Cowan University Flinders University
George Mason University Georgia Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology Iowa State University
 Michigan State University  New York University Abu Dhabi Rowan University   Ryerson University
Southern University of Science and Technology of China  Technion Israel Institute of Technology  Texas A&M University  University of Arkansas
 University of British Columbia University of Calgary   University of Maryland University of Miami 
University of New South Wales  University of Notre Dame  University of Southern California   University of Toronto
    University of Virginia