About the Annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design
Each year the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) at McGill University and the Institut de l’énergie Trottier (IET) at Polytechnique Montréal take turns hosting this event. Made possible through the generous support of Dr. Lorne Trottier, this is a forum for students, professors, government and industry professionals to connect with the general public on advancements for sustainability through engineering and design. The First Annual Symposium was hosted by McGill University in 2014 on Sustainable Cities and Industries and the Second Annual Symposium was hosted by Polytechnique Montréal in 2015 on Energy in Quebec and Canada: A Conversation Starter and the Third Annual Symposium was once again hosted by McGill University in 2016 on Renewable Energy: What holds us back? What moves us forward?”
The Annual Symposium focuses attention on the relevance of sustainable engineering and design to peoples’ lives. This series has been made possible by the generous gift from the Lorne Trottier Family Foundation.
The Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) is a research centre within the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University. TISED promotes bold and green ideas through education, outreach, and research, where we aim to connect our institution with the public for a greater understanding of sustainability issues in our society. Engineering, architecture and urban planning professionals play key roles through their involvement in everything from sustainable development and aerospace industry success, to manufacturing sector renewal, improving infrastructure, and our energy horizon.
The 21st century is demanding a lot from our planet. We believe it’s time for our planet to demand more from us. Science and technology is a foundation of our society, and it is vital to provide green solutions to be implemented by current and future generations. We see great feats of engineering everywhere we look. From the buildings that shape our skylines, to mass transit that make our commutes quick and hassle free. However, at the current rate our environment won’t be able to keep pace with global development. This is why TISED is reforming the nature of how we build, use, and move through our world.
TISED aims to connect thousands of students, researchers, innovators and inventors in all disciplines by giving them a platform to do better for our world. We strive to lead discussions today, thereby creating solutions of tomorrow around developing technology with increased efficiency in energy and manufacturing, to developing sustainable transit and aviation, and encouraging radical green-design in architecture and city planning. Discovering eco-technology and practices is part of what we do but we are also actively engaging the public on a sustainable fact-based environmental vision by hosting an annual symposium and by publishing white papers.
TISED strives to become a hub of green innovation both here in Montréal, Québec, and around the world. By integrating an environmentally conscious approach into all areas of study and teaching at McGill, we are mentoring future engineers, designers, architects, and city planners to strive for a sustainable planet.
We work with our partners to train the next generation of engineers to perform high quality research. We provide objective information to the public, the media, and policy makers on emerging technologies to meet these challenges. We aim to help establish our city and province as one of the world’s centers of excellence in sustainability.
TISED works partly to benefit McGill professors, graduate and undergraduate students alike, enabling positive change in the world. Funding for TISED includes an Endowed Chair, a Scholars-in-Residence program, administrative support for teaching and research projects, Faculty Scholar Awards to attract and retain outstanding junior professors, master’s and doctoral fellowships, “Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (S•U•R•E)” awards, and support for undergraduate student competitions and design projects.
More info about TISED: McGill.ca/tised