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Daily Media Report recap: March 1 to 14

2019.03.14

National Engineering Month kicks off. And the engineering community celebrates International Women’s Day. These two stories dominated the Media Report in the first half of the month.

  • National Engineering Month: National Engineering Month kicked off with events across the country that encouraged young Canadians to explore the world of engineering. In Ontario, March 1 was declared P.Eng. Day by the provincial government, which in Saskatchewan, the month kicked off with the Government of Saskatchewan proclaiming March 3-9 as Engineering and Geoscience Week in recognition of the significant contributions engineers make in the province. And in British Columbia, a media campaign kicked off the start of the month, featuring coverage of the Science Games, and an op-ed from Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia’s President on the importance of encouraging more girls and young women to pursue engineering. proclaiming March 3-9 as Engineering and Geoscience Week in recognition of the significant contributions engineers make in the province. And in British Columbia, a media campaign kicked off the start of the month, featuring coverage of the Science Games, and an op-ed from Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia’s President on the importance of encouraging more girls and young women to pursue engineering.
     
  • International Women’s Day: Canada’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 was #InnovateforChange to attract more girls and women to the STEM disciplines, including engineering. Many organizations within the engineering community participated in this year’s IWD celebrations in various ways or published articles bringing attention to the issue of women in engineering, including OIQ, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, OSPE, UBC, McMaster University, The Manitoban, the mining industry, and Actua. Meanwhile, some of Canada’s largest media outlets published reports about women in engineering, including CBC, which published an article about a recent poll that found that half of Canadians can’t name a woman scientist or engineer, while the Globe and Mail published an article about the dearth of women in engineering, and actions being taken on how to change that.