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Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession

The Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession recognizes engineers who, through their engineering and career achievements, have demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and have established a benchmark of engineering excellence.

Eligibility criteria

The nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered in good standing as an engineer (P.Eng., or ing.) in any province or territory in Canada. Links to the websites of the 12 engineering regulatory body can be found here.
  • Be responsible for major engineering achievements in Canada or on behalf of Canada, or have risen to a position of prominence within industry, business, education, government or the engineering profession.
  • Have not previously received this award.
  • Members of Engineers Canada’s Board and ex-staff members of Engineers Canada are not considered eligible for an award until a period of at least four years has elapsed from the completion date of their term of office.
  • Individual or joint nominations will be considered for this award provided that the nominees have met all of the above criteria.

Nomination procedures

  • In October, Engineers Canada forwards the call for nominations to the provincial and territorial regulatory bodies that regulate the practice of engineering, as well as to other potentially interested parties.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee of Engineers Canada.
  • Nominations can be submitted in either English or French and Engineers Canada will arrange for translation as required.
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted.

Engineers Canada reserves the right to cancel, withdraw or amend any award and/or scholarship without prior notice.

Selection criteria

Consideration will be given to continued leadership in the profession and in the community, to outstanding engineering and career achievements, to recognition as a role model for women engineers, and to the establishment of a benchmark of engineering excellence. Nominees will be rated as follows:

Recognition as a role model (70 points):

  • Profile and visibility within the engineering profession, business or industry, the education sector, or nationally/internationally, and recognition as a role model for women entering, or in the practice of engineering.

Work-related achievements (10 points):

  • Engineering excellence, and recognition of achievement within the profession, business or industry, or education sector that has set a benchmark for engineers to strive for.

Service to the profession (10 points):

  • Public education and understanding the role of engineering and professional engineers in Canadian society.
  • Active participation in engineering associations, societies, institutes, etc.

Service to the community (10 points):

  • Active participation in commissions, voluntary organizations, community organizations and other paid or unpaid work beyond the profession.

Selection process

  • Recipients will be selected by the Awards Committee of Engineers Canada.
  • The Awards Committee has the authority, after reviewing all nominations for this award, to determine whether or not an award will be given.
  • Recipients will be notified in writing.


  • The Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession will be presented during the Awards Gala held each year in conjunction with Engineers Canada’s Spring Meetings and Annual Meeting of Members in late May 2020.
  • Award recipients agree to standard publicity notification arranged by Engineers Canada.

How to Apply

Nominations are now closed. Please check back in September.