UBC’s first IBET Momentum Fellow aims to decolonize engineering design and project delivery

When Danilo Caron returned to school for an engineering degree, he never imagined how much his new career and research would support his personal journey to connect with his Anishinaabe culture.

Years spent working as a masonry contractor in his father’s family business instilled in Caron a unique perspective and appreciation for engineering design, while his efforts to form closer relationships with his mother’s community of Sagamok Anishnawbek and learn Anishinaabemowin as an adult nurtured a growing desire to build understanding of Indigenous world views.

“Since returning to school, I’ve come to realize and appreciate the need for intercultural collaboration between architects, engineers and construction industry practitioners, and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers,” said Caron, now a UBC PhD candidate in civil engineering and a practicing engineer-in-training.

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