Dean Laguë: a decade of leadership and innovation

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kim Allen, CEO of Engineers Canada, presented Claude Laguë with a certificate of fellowship to honour his “exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada.” Photo: Mélanie Provencher

By Julie Cormier-Doiron

The Faculty of Engineering has bid farewell to Claude Laguë, its longest-serving dean, who has stepped down after 10 years at the helm.

Since his arrival at uOttawa in 2006, both undergraduate and graduate admissions to the Faculty have more than doubled and the number of international students has more than tripled.

Many recent innovations speak to Dean Laguë’s strong belief in the value of including entrepreneurship training in engineering and computer science education. For example, the Faculty’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endowment Fund, created in 2007 through contributions from alumni and the University, sponsors three student competitions for budding entrepreneurs as well as the Entrepreneurship Bridges Lecture series.

Moreover, since 2015, uOttawa has been home to the NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design, the only one of its kind in Canada. This allows the Faculty to offer its students several opportunities to engage in pre-professional competitions and entrepreneurial ventures.

At the farewell reception for Claude Laguë on June 15, outgoing uOttawa president Allan Rock spoke of the dean’s hard work and dedication. Photo: Mélanie Provencher


Dean Laguë has been diligent in creating targeted outreach programs designed to increase the number of female students enrolled in engineering. As he departed uOttawa, he was pleased that the Faculty was pulling its weight in helping Engineers Canada reach its goal of increasing the proportion of women among newly licensed Canadian engineers to 30%  by 2030.

The uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace, which is open to the public, and the Maker Mobile, which visits local schools and community centres, are allowing the Faculty to reach girls and boys across the region and promote science and engineering as an exciting career path.

See photos of the farewell reception.

Read a feature on Claude Laguë in the Ottawa Business Journal.

On July 1, Professor Ioan Nistor, seen here with Claude Laguë, took over as interim dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Photo: Mélanie Provencher

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