International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia 2022: A Conversation Featuring Keith McCrady
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia 2022: A Conversation Featuring Keith McCrady

May 18, 2022 – 10AM-12PM – EST

Zoom – Register to attend

This session will be live captioned.



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We are excited to announce an upcoming event on May 18, 2022 to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, in collaboration with the Indigenous Centre at UTM, UTM Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office, and the UTSC Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office, are hosting a virtual conversation featuring Keith McCrady, Executive Director of the 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations organization.

Keith McCrady is an Ojibway and Cree from the Bear Clan who has worked with Indigenous families for over thirty years. Born in Thunder Bay and raised traditionally by both parents in Blinjitwaabik Zaaging Aaishinaabek (formerly Rocky Bay First Nation), Keith says that becoming a leader in his community was an integral part of Keith’s journey. As the Executive Director of the 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations, Keith’s goal is to walk alongside the 2-Spirited, Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ community and provide them with the education and support to reclaim our place in the Circle.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) is recognized on May 17 in many countries around the world. This recognition began in 2004 as an opportunity to draw attention to ongoing violence and discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. While the date was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s action in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder, sexual and gender diverse communities continue to face ongoing barriers in many aspects of Canadian society. This day is also an opportunity to celebrate the resilience, connections, and self-determination of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. This year’s IDAHOTB theme is Our Bodies. Our Lives. Our Rights. We are excited to have Keith join us for a powerful and timely discussion on Keith’s work, experiences, and the intersections with this year’s IDAHOTB theme.

Register to attend.

Please contact the SGDO at with any questions, concerns, and/or requests for accomodation(s).

Engineering Research Day 2022: Building a Sustainable Future 
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Engineering Research Day 2022: Building a Sustainable Future 

Thursday, May 19 

Join us on Thursday, May 19, 2022, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Myhal Centre (55 St. George Street) for U of T Engineering’s second annual Engineering Research Day. This year’s theme of Building a Sustainable Future spotlights the unique role engineering professionals play in building a brighter future for everyone and celebrates the local and global impacts of U of T Engineering’s sustainability-focused research accomplishments and collaborations.

The event program will feature:

  • Fireside chats with our keynote speakers:
    • Sandra Odendahl, VP and Global Head of Sustainability for Scotiabank
    • Laura Burget, Co-Founder, Three Ships Beauty
  • Panels on sustainability and resilience across disciplines including finance, healthcare, education, and infrastructure
  • Booths from Engineering Centres and Institutes
  • Open networking reception

This FREE hybrid event is open to all students, alumni, staff and faculty at U of T Engineering, as well as current and prospective partners and key stakeholders across the research ecosystem. Through virtual and in-person programming, Engineering Research Day 2022 offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn, explore, and connect.

Visit the event page on Airmeet to see the full schedule and register.

Virtual programming will take place on Airmeet. Download and register to use the Airmeet app which allows you to access the program schedule, participate in live sessions and interact with other attendees.

See you there (hopefully in person!)

May 23 all-day


Distinguished Lecture Series by Prof. Nora El-Gohary – Data-Driven Analytics and AI for the Built Environment: Emerging Applications and Future Possibilities
May 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering’s
Distinguished Lecture Series presents:

Data-Driven Analytics and AI for the Built Environment: Emerging Applications and Future Possibilities

Prof. Nora El-Gohary (CivE PhD oT8)
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


(an email with location information will be sent out prior to in-person event)

event poster for Prof. Nora El-Gohary


Data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are bringing unprecedented opportunities to reshape the way we design, construct, and operate our buildings and infrastructure systems. On one hand, advances in digital technologies, sensing, and robotics are enabling new opportunities for collecting and managing data about the physical infrastructure, the people, and the surrounding environment. On the other hand, advances in data analytics and AI technologies – including natural language processing and generation, computer vision, and machine learning – offer a new wave of opportunities for turning data into actionable insights, advancing automation, and enabling autonomous operations. Dr. El-Gohary will discuss recent research efforts and directions that aim to advance the science and application of data analytics and AI for sustainable and value-adding buildings and infrastructure systems, with focus on critical applications in deterioration prediction, compliance analytics, and behavioral energy efficiency. This includes advanced techniques in information modeling, information extraction from unstructured data sources, multi-source heterogenous data fusion, and advanced machine learning. Dr. El-Gohary will also discuss future directions in collaborative and human-centric AI including open knowledge networks and “living data and AI labs”.


Nora El-Gohary is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. El-Gohary’s research focuses on data analytics and AI for the development and operation of sustainable buildings and infrastructure systems, including information modeling, information extraction, data fusion, machine learning, and big data analytics. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Illinois Department of Transportation, Qatar Foundation, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada among other funding agencies. The outcomes of her research have been published in over 140 journal and conference publications. She has received several research awards including the NSERC’s Discovery Award in 2009, the NSF’s CAREER Award in 2013, the Center of Advanced Study Award in 2015, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Award in 2018, and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) Award in 2019. Dr. El-Gohary currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee, the Past Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s Computing Division, and the Past Chair of the Executive Committee of the ASCE’s Construction Research Council. She also currently serves as Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

A space for BIPOC and QT2SBIPOC students – Building Community Through Conversation
May 30 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Building Community Through ConversationLet’s build community together! This is a space for BIPOC and QT2SBIPOC students run by BIPOC facilitators. Join us, Shawnette and Byranna, two BIPOC Counsellors from Health and Wellness, for a monthly drop-in group where we meet, share, connect and talk about topics that influence our lives.

These sessions will be held on the Zoom platform and this space is open to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour. The workshop is available to both undergrad and grad students and accessible by BIPOC students from all three campuses. Please note that there is a maximum of 15 participants in this session – so register soon! ** PLEASE NOTE ALL WORKSHOP TIMES ARE IN EST (Eastern Standard Time) ** If you have questions or require accommodations, please reach out to

The Way Forward from Mobility Network
May 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An invitation to The Way Forward from Mobility Network

Researchers from across U of T bring home the many ways mobility affects our lives in The Way Forward, a panel discussion series. Join the conversation!

All sessions take place on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT online on Zoom and are free. All are welcome. Registration is required.

An introductory overview will be followed by short presentations, a moderated panel discussion, and audience Q & A. Events will be recorded and shared.

Upcoming session

MAY 31, 4-5PM EDT        Harnessing intelligence in transportation systems

Amer Shalaby | Baher Abdulhai | Birsen Donmez | Florian Shkurti (moderator)

Details and register: “Harnessing intelligence in transportation systems”

About Mobility Network at the School of Cities

Transportation and mobility touch virtually all aspects of our lives. The Mobility Network is a multidisciplinary, collaborative, and diverse network of mobility researchers that connects the University of Toronto’s exceptional strengths in data sciences, engineering and social sciences to address the technological, social, environmental and health disruptions facing society globally. Through interdisciplinary basic and applied research, Mobility Network will identify pathways to more equitable and efficient urban mobility, provide the evidence and decision-support needed for effective and lasting societal change, and have profound implications for individual well-being, resilient, sustainable and just urban growth and prosperity, and, ultimately, our planet’s future.

Mobility Network is an Institutional Strategic Initiative of the University of Toronto.

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Familiarization video:

Make your resume stand out with the premier sustainability designation called the LEED Green Associate! LEED is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. As buildings can become LEED Certified, people can become LEED accredited! The best way to break into the sustainability space is to attain the LEED Green Associate. It also shows employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. Since the LEED GA exam doesn’t have a stellar pass rate, the value of the extra letters behind your name will carry even more weight.Our engaging webinars have helped over 10K students and professionals learn the material cold AND clear the exam with a very high passing rate. The LEED Professional Designation has helped past participants attain internships and jobs and now is a great time to add this credential.LEED Green Associate (GA) Training – Webinar and Online self-paced options:I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:

1. March 12 2022 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

2. April 2 2022 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

3. April 23 2022 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

4. May 14 2022 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

5. June 2 2022 – 5:00PM – 9:30PM EST

6. July 9 2022 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST    – OR –

7. On-demand recordings completed at your own pace

A. LEED AP BD+C (Level 2) – On-Demand

The above options (1-7) are all identical.Register for a live webinar or start today with our on-demand recorded workshop completed anytime at your own pace here – course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!Cost: $200 – Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)Save your seat by registering here for our live or self-paced options – contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at

PhD Departmental Defence by Maedot Andargie – Evaluating the Acoustic Performance of and the Effects of Noise Exposure on Occupants’ Comfort in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Evaluating the Acoustic Performance of and the Effects of Noise Exposure on Occupants’ Comfort in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (PhD Departmental Defence)
Candidate: Maedot Andargie
Supervisor: Prof. Marianne Touchie
Friday, June 10 at 9:30 a.m. ET
Click here to join the meeting

PDAC Alumni & Friends Reception
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jun 16 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

University of Toronto Convocation

Ceremony for Civil and Mineral Engineering graduates is on Thursday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET in Convocation Hall.

Information on the ceremony, gown rentals, etc can be found online:


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