The David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management

Faculty of Engineering

The David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management at the University of Alberta offers the only integrated ESRM program of its kind in Canada. The School was founded in 2016 after having been in operation as the ESRM program that was established by the Faculty of Engineering in 1988. The School continues to be encouraged by the leadership and support of both industry and government.

The application of engineering safety and risk management within industries and institutions provides strategies for the continuous reduction of risk exposure to people, the environment, facilities/assets and business interests / productivity. This is a rapidly evolving area of expertise that continues to provide risk reduction solutions in a wide range of industrial, commercial, transportation, government, and institutional settings.

The School is the culmination of a pioneering effort to introduce engineering safety and risk management as a core competency for senior engineering students. For the years 2012 through to 2016, the School has graduated more than 1,000 students, with enrolment steadily increasing from ~160 in 2012-2013 to ~1,000 in 2021-2022. In conjunction with the founding of the School, the core course, ENGG 404 - Leadership in Risk Management, is a mandatory course for all engineering students.

The School remains current with corporate participation as a key enabler for sharing best practices and providing actual operational experience.

Our goal is to be the preferred university in Western Canada for education and research in Engineering Safety and Risk Management. Both our School mission and vision reflect our belief that Engineers are in the Business of Risk Management.

Our Mission is to provide organizations with leaders in engineering safety and risk management through exceptional teaching, research, and advocacy.

Our Vision involves taking engineering safety and risk management to the next level.



Looking for Engineering Safety Resources? This link will help students, staff, faculty, and researchers understand the Faculty of Engineering’s safety culture, and policies.



Undergraduate courses explore the concepts of risk management leadership and industry methodologies and tools practiced in the field.


Explore loss incidents which cause injuries and fatalities. Learn how reducing the frequency and severity of these incidents impact the health, social, and economic benefits of society.

Post-Graduate Studies

Through the development of a new field of research program in ESRM there is an opportunity to further develop and shape the future of engineering risk and safety management.

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Looking for professors in Engineering Safety and Risk Management? Start here for our Department listing, with links onward to our Faculty Directory.


The David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management

12th Floor, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

Phone: 780-492-3321

Fax: 780-492-2881

For general inquiries, course questions and sponsorship/collaboration opportunities:

Chris Coles, Program Director

780-492-5069 |