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An Employer Champion is committed to take action to implement strategies in recruitment, retention and advancement in order to break down barriers in an effort to increase the number of women in engineering, applied science and technology.



Policies & Practices

  • Strive to use communications for inclusive language, examining both internal and external communications.

  • Endeavour to increase female participation on Councils/Boards/Director/Upper Management roles, noting that research finds that organizations with a diverse leadership composition outperform those lacking diverse leadership.

  • Commit to assessing and adopting hiring procedures that are inclusive. E.g. inclusive language in job postings, candidate shortlists with at least one woman candidate, and at least one woman on the hiring and interview committee.



  • Encourage allyship and mentorship between students and engineering and applied science professionals.

  • Promote best business practices for diversity and inclusion to employees. For instance, host or deliver lunch ’n learn sessions on inclusive business language and unconscious bias training.

  • Educate staff, instructors, and individuals on sensitivities and barriers facing women in STEM industries.



  • Provide, promote, and encourage job shadow, “take your child to work day”, co-op, and work-learn opportunities to female students.


Retention and Advancement

  • Commit to continuous development of internal workplace policies, training, and guidelines to ensure that women and represented at all levels of business, including management and senior levels.

  • Develop onboarding procedures for women that have been away from the organization for an extended leave, including processes such as pre-training prior to full-time return, gradual entry, etc.

  • Encourage and support allyship and mentorship opportunities and programs; these programs maybe employer sponsored programs or existing programs that are offered through various organizations.