Engineers Canada

Diversity Resources

Resources to Explore

Many individuals and organizations work to provide resources for the engineering profession.  Below is a list of just some of the many resources in the areas of diversity, inclusivity, engagement, outreach and career development that could be of interest to explore.

  • Aboriginal Human Resources Council Products and Services Products to support Indigenous peoples’ workplace inclusion
  • Connected Women A national mentorship program designed for women looking to enter the electricity industry. This may be a program of interest for engineers just starting their careers.
  • Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) Program EIR is an outreach program created by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) that reaches elementary and high school students by connecting them with an engineer. The program aims to bridge the gap between classroom theory and real world experience as well as promotes STEM literacy. The EIR Website also offers great resources.
  • EngineerGirl An outreach site brought to you by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to bring attention to the opportunities that engineering presents for girls and women. 
  • Engineering Professional Success Pilot Mentorship Program A two-year pilot mentorship program that will support women who are recent engineering graduates and in the early stages of their careers.
  • Good For Business and Welcoming Workplaces Both are complementary resources developed by Engineers Canada to explain and promote diversity in the engineering profession
  • Indigenous Corporate Training, Inc. Training programs aimed to support relationships between corporations and Indigenous peoples.   
  • Learning Modules Examples of Aboriginal Access to Engineering at Queen’s University's tools to engage young learners’curiosity in engineering.
  • Managing Transitions A planning resource guide that outlines best practices for employees and employers managing maternity or parental leave in Canada’s engineering and geoscience professions. 
  • National Engineering Month National Engineering Month is a collection of events and initiatives in each province and territory carried out in collaboration with engineering regulators, employers, and volunteers to host over 500 events that highlight to Canadians how rewarding the career choice can really be.
  • Paying Heed to the Canaries in the Coal Mine Engineers Canada carried out a survey to better understand the factors responsible for the persistent low representation of women among the ranks of professional engineers, a phenomenon also seen in the United States and other western economies. This is the full report.
  • Peer Support: Education Mentorship A program for teachers of Indigenous learners who are seeking the support of mentorship in their careers.
  • PlacePourToi An outreach site for youth to bring attention to the field of engineering.
  • WWEST: 2010-2015 Chair Archives Publications and resources that have been made available as a result of the 2010-2015 work of BC/Yukon Chair Dr. Elizabeth Croft.

Organizations to Explore

Many organizations work to advance and promote the engineering profession.  Below is a list of some of these organizations:

  • Actua Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization.
  • Assembly of First Nations Engineers Canada and the Assembly of First Nations have a Statement of Partnership.  The Assembly of First Nations is a national organization that represents more than 900,000 First Nation citizens in Canada. 
  • Aboriginal Access to Engineering at Queen’s University Aboriginal Access to Engineering at Queen’s University works to promote STEM to Indigenous students at the elementary and secondary levels, working with teachers, and enabling access to post-secondary study. 
  • Aboriginal Human Resources Council Aboriginal Human Resources Council provides services and products to companies that hope to hire, retain or liaise with Indigenous people.
  • Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program ANSEP’s objective is to effect systemic change in the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in science and engineering by placing our students on a career path to leadership.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) American Indian Science and Engineering Society works to make Indigenous North Americans represented in science, technology, engineering and math. 
  • Birch Bark Canoe Birth Bark Canoe provides multi-discipline curriculum support showcasing principles of engineering and design used by Indigenous peoples.
  • Canadian Academy of Engineering An independent, self-governing non-profit organization through which Canada’s distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to the country.
  • Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Established in 1989 following the tragic death of 14 women at École Polytechnique, the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation offers scholarships and awards that encourage young women to choose engineering as a career
  • Canadian Engineering Regulators Provincial and territorial regulators offer many varying programs from outreach to professional development for audiences ranging from their members to students and the community at large.
  • Canadian Federation of Engineering Students The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES), which operates in close partnership with Engineers Canada, is a national, bilingual organization that represents approximately 60,000 engineering students across Canada.
  • CCWESTT ( Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology) A national organization of institutions, groups, and industries that promotes girls and women that study and work in those fields.  CCWESTT is best known for its biennial conference.
  • DiscoverE A US-based organization that heavily engages volunteers and provides resources to promote engineering education to the K-12 segment.
  • Engineering Access Program (ENGAP) ENGAP provides academic, personal, financial and social support adapted for Indigenous students. 
  • Indspire Indspire is an Indigenous-led organization promoting education of Indigenous peoples through scholarship, teacher education and other resources.
  • Let’s Talk Science An organization that focuses on education and outreach for youth to encourage their participation in STEM careers.
  • WISE Atlantic A program run by WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), Atlantic region, to promote the STEM fields to youth. Professional development to women in STEM careers is also provided.
  • Mining Matters Mining Matters aims to bring awareness of geology and the mineral resources sector through outreach, teacher training and Indigenous youth programs.
  • Mining Industry Human Resources (MIHR) Council MIHR aims to address challenges in the mining industry as it pertains to human resources.  Their information may be useful to engineers working in mining.
  • WISE Kid-Netic Energy An outreach program offered by the University of Manitoba that provides hands-on STEM deliverables for the K-12 segment.
  • WISE NL A non-profit volunteer organization in Newfoundland which works towards increasing the participation of women in STEM careers.
  • NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program A regionally based program with a the goal of increasing the participation of women and to provide role models for women that are considering a career in sciences and engineering or are already active in these fields.
  • ONWiE (Ontario Network of Women in Engineering) A network of Ontario schools and faculties that work together to support women that are currently engineers or students and to encourage the next generation to pursue engineering as a career through programs such as Go Eng Girl.
  • Society of Women Engineers A US-based organization dedicated to the success and the achievement of full career potential of women in engineering.  SWE’s website offers valuable information and resources.
  • WINSETT Centre The WinSETT Centre aims to encourage, retain and advance women in science, engineering, trades, and technology (SETT) careers through partnerships, delivering leadership workshops, and promoting women as role model and mentors.

For more information

For more information contact Julia Chehaiber, Practice Lead, Community Engagement at julia.chehaiber@engineerscanada.ca