End of OIQ’s trusteeship. The continuing gender gap in STEM subjects. The digital economy and Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry. And self-regulation of the safety profession. These were some of the top stories from the Media monitor in mid-February.
End of OIQ’s trusteeship: After two and a half years, the Quebec government lifted its trusteeship of Quebec’s engineering regulator on February 20. OIQ President Kathy Baig explained to La Presse and Radio-Canada that there has been a culture change in the organization and that the lifting of the trusteeship is a testament to the improvements and changes OIQ has put in place.
Gender gap: New numbers from StatsCan show that the gender gap in STEM persists in unversity programs. But, this has not deterred post-secondary institutions and other organizations from continuing their efforts to attract more women to STEM subects, including Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 initiative.
The digital economy and offshore oil and gas: Greg Naterrer, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, wrote an opinion piece discussing the challenges that the digital economy is having Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry, and how MUN’s engineering professors and researchers are responding to these challenges.
Making a case for self-regulation of the safety profession: An article in Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine the arguments for—and the concerns with—possibly granting occupational healthy and safety works the right to self-regulation, similar to self-regulating professions like engineering, law, medicine, and nursing.