Engineers Canada supports various research initiatives, events, and professional development opportunities that support women in the engineering profession and that encourage more diverse and inclusive engineering workplaces.
Engendering Engineering Success
Engineers Canada supports work that leads to an improved experience for women in the engineering profession. For that reason, Engineers Canada funded Engendering Engineering Success (EES). EES is a joint research project between the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Guelph to identify which organizational practices best predict an inclusive and supportive workplace culture that maximizes organizational commitment and productivity for both men and women. Preliminary results can be found on the EES website.
Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering
Engineers Canada has a close relationship with NSERC’s Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) Program, which was launched by NSERC in 1996 to increase the participation of women in science and engineering, and to provide role models for women active in, and considering, careers in these fields. The CWSE Program is regional—with one Chair for each of the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, and British Columbia/Yukon regions. NSERC funding is matched by cash contributions from supporting organization. All Chair holders hold numerous events, activities, and have social media presence with which one can get involved.
Professional development opportunities
There are several national opportunities and events, supported by Engineers Canada, that allow women to engage, network, and build a sense of community. They include:
- The Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE): hosted annually by the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, this conference brings together engineering students and engineering professionals to explore ways to advance diversity and inclusion in engineering education and in the profession.
- CCWESTT Conference: For over 25 years, the CCWESTT conference has been a biennial event that brings together national and international subject matter experts, employers, senior executives, government representatives, and others in science, engineering, trades and technology (SETT) at all phases of their career to share their knowledge and experience around diversity and inclusion.
- The Global Marathon: Over a decade ago, DiscoverE and its partners decided to address the issues that affect women in engineering on a grand scale by coming together to form a global community of women in engineering and technology. The Global Marathon is an annual, free, online conference that is a combination of virtual webcasts and webinars that empower a community that transcends distances and borders.
- Gender Summit: From November 6 to 8, 2017, close to 600 advocates of gender equality from the science, innovation and development fields will participate in the Gender Summit North America 2017, to be held in Montréal, QC. It is a great honour for Canada to welcome the Summit under the overarching theme of “Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation”. Spearheaded by NSERC, Engineers Canada is a proud participant in steering the direction of the Summit through participation on the organizing and steering committees.
Resources and Links of Interest
- 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 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.
- NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program A regionally based program with 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.