The Engineering Leadership Board (ELB) for North America


The Engineering Leadership Board (ELB) for North America under the Global Center for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) is a pivotal force in steering the region towards forefronts of engineering excellence and innovation. It embodies a strategic approach to leveraging North America’s advanced technological landscape, its robust industrial base, and its innovative ecosystem to address contemporary challenges and opportunities within engineering disciplines.


ELB-North America aims to catalyze advancements in engineering that bolster sustainable development, technological innovation, and infrastructure resilience. It focuses on fostering collaboration among North America's engineering communities to develop solutions that are both groundbreaking and sustainable, addressing global challenges such as climate change, energy transition, and digitalization with a regional emphasis.


The board is comprised of an eclectic mix of leaders from across North America’s engineering sectors, including but not limited to, renewable energy, civil engineering, digital infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing. Members include distinguished industry executives, renowned academics, forward-thinking policymakers, and representatives from non-profit organizations focused on technological and environmental advocacy.


  • Innovation and Research: Spearheading research and development initiatives that push the boundaries of engineering, particularly in areas like artificial intelligence, renewable energy technologies, and smart infrastructure.

  • Sustainability Initiatives: Promoting engineering practices and projects that prioritize sustainability, aiming to reduce environmental impact while enhancing economic and social well-being.

  • Digital Transformation: Leading the charge on digital transformation within the engineering sector, emphasizing the importance of data analytics, cybersecurity, and connectivity in modern infrastructures.

  • Policy and Standards Development: Influencing policy-making processes and contributing to the development of engineering standards that reflect the region's priorities and challenges, ensuring they align with global best practices.

  • Professional Development: Enhancing the skills and knowledge of the engineering workforce through continuous education, training programs, and knowledge sharing platforms.

  • Cross-border Collaboration: Facilitating collaborations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as with international partners, to share knowledge, technologies, and best practices.

Governance and Operations

ELB-North America adopts a dynamic and flexible operational model that emphasizes quick adaptation to emerging engineering challenges and opportunities. It utilizes modern digital tools and platforms for efficient communication, project management, and stakeholder engagement.

  • Strategic Project Oversight: Manages key initiatives and projects that align with North America’s strategic interests in engineering innovation and sustainability.

  • Agile Communication Channels: Utilizes platforms like Slack for real-time communication among members, Airtable for tracking projects and initiatives, and Nexus platforms for broader engagement with the engineering community and the public.

  • Integration with GCRI’s Global Network: Ensures that North America’s engineering initiatives and contributions are well-integrated with GCRI’s global objectives, promoting international collaboration and standard setting.


ELB-North America envisions a future where engineering not only drives economic growth and technological advancement but also addresses critical societal challenges through sustainable and responsible practices. By leveraging North America’s rich resources, innovative spirit, and collaborative ethos, the ELB aims to position the region as a global leader in engineering solutions that are both impactful and sustainable.

ELB-North America is dedicated to shaping an engineering landscape that is adaptive, resilient, and forward-looking. Through strategic leadership, cross-sector collaboration, and a commitment to innovation and excellence, it seeks to inspire transformative changes across North America’s engineering sectors, contributing significantly to the region’s and the world’s sustainable future.

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