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Advancing women in the profession

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

For more information

For more information contact Cassandra Polyzou, Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at