THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
The Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology project are appreciative of the contributions of our sector partners in supporting our various initiatives
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia is the business name of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia. Engineers and Geoscientists BC regulates and governs these professions under the authority of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act.
The association is charged with protecting the public interest by setting and maintaining high academic, experience, and professional practice standards for over 37,000 members. Individuals licensed by Engineers and Geoscientists BC are the only persons permitted by law to undertake and assume responsibility for engineering and geoscience projects in BC.
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) formerly known as the Consulting Engineers of BC (CEBC), is British Columbia’s provincial association of engineering consulting firms. ACEC-BC represents 90 of BC’s consulting engineering companies that provide engineering and other technology-based intellectual services to the public and private sectors.
ACEC-BC firms employ over 9,900 people in British Columbia comprised of a workforce of engineers, geoscientists, technicians, technologists and other support staff.
Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) leads the region’s economic development through technology and innovation.
KAST’s mission is to enable a vibrant, thriving and healthy tech community in the Kootenays by creating inclusive economic opportunities, stimulating job growth and by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with the support they need to thrive in the local and digital economy.
Located at the Nelson Innovation Centre, KAST attracts, supports and connects people and businesses through numerous programs, services, networking opportunities and events, and regional partnerships.
Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) is the operating name for the 2015-2020 NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE), BC and Yukon Region. Their mission is to engage industry, the community and students to increase the awareness and participation of women and other under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study and careers. WWEST works regionally and, in conjunction with the other CWSE Chairs, nationally on policy, research, advocacy, facilitation, and pilot programs that support women in science and engineering.
The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) was founded in 1981 as a not-for-profit association aimed at encouraging women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). SCWIST aims to support and promote the education of girls and women through programs and activities in partnership with the community. SCWIST has spectacular record of boosting the numbers, retention and status of women in the workplace by facilitating networking, mentoring and advocating woman-friendly policies. SCWIST also highlights opportunities, achievements and positive messages for and about women in the field through raising public awareness and guiding policy implementation.
Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable organization providing engaging, evidence-based STEM programs for more than 25 years at no cost for Canadian youth and educators. Website features include career profiles (narrative and video options) to provide educators with opportunities to discover and use effective learning strategies to develop and strengthen students’ questioning and problem-solving skills; and offer experiential and digital programs that engage youth in meaningful STEM learning. Resources are targeted at Grade 8+ but there are also resources for elementary school as well.
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides BC employers with solutions, tools and resources they need to attract, hire and retain qualified immigrant talent. IEC-BC believes that the successful integration of skilled newcomers into the BC labour force is critical to both their success and the province’s long-term economic performance. They work with employers, government, and other partner stakeholders to ensure that BC employers can effectively integrate global talent.
Since 2008, IEC-BC has been working to achieve its mandate by:
- Championing solutions for employers
- Creating and providing resources for BC employers
- Bringing employer perspective to immigration policies and programs
- Creating synergies and solutions
BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) Team is a core group of women, members of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC), representing various disciplines in the technology field. BCWiT’s mission is “to provide support, be an information resource and promote awareness to women in technology careers and to women seeking new career opportunities”.
ASTTBC in partnership with industry and other stakeholders, is embarking on the large task of promoting awareness of the technology fields to address the labour shortage of skilled technology workers. The work of the BCWiT Team is to support this endeavor by promoting careers in technology to women and is making progress.
Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization that oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across the province. In addition to issuing permits, licenses and certificates, Technical Safety BC works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.
Technical Safety BC delivers safety services across the following technologies in the province:
- Electrical equipment and systems
- Natural gas and propane appliances and systems, including hydrogen
- Boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems
- Elevating devices, such as elevators and escalators
- Passenger ropeways, such as aerial trams and ski lifts
- Amusement devices
- Railways, including commuter rail
- Complex and integrated technical systems involving several technologies
The British Columbia Technology Education Association (BCTEA) is a Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) of the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF). The BCTEA represents Technology Education teachers and those teachers promoting the development and growth of Applied Design Skills and Technologies (ADST), Makerspaces and Tech Ed in British Columbia schools. The BCTEA also works with like-minded groups at the Elementary and Secondary levels (K – 12) in addition to organizations that are involved in areas such as trades training and setting industry standards for training young workers.
BCTEA Members are teachers within the public-school system (K-12) in British Columbia actively involved with the implementation of the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum.
BCTEA Subscribers are teachers in private schools, business and industry partners that work with the BCTEA to promote and advance interests in Technology Education, ADST and Makerspaces.
WorkBC is the provincial government’s access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal – to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.’s labour market.
WorkBC helps people find jobs, explore career options and improve their skills. We also help employers fill jobs, find the right talent and grow their businesses.
Other people who regularly use WorkBC products and services include parents, teachers, career and employment counsellors, human resources professionals, researchers and decision-makers.
In addition to a wealth of practical information, WorkBC offers:
- comprehensive database of B.C. job postings
- Career tools that bring occupations to life
- A blog featuring trends, job-search tips, employment programs and more
- An interactive map of WorkBC Employment Services Centres across the province
- Live chat for instant help with using the website and finding information
Women in Consulting Engineering (WCE) is a community devoted to supporting and empowering women in engineering. They are committed to increasing gender diversity and inclusion in the consulting engineering industry for present and future engineers. Their objective is to provide a community and support network for their members by hosting fun monthly socials, speaker series, mentorship mixers and outreach events. WCE is a safe space for women, those who identify as women, and men who champion women.
British Columbia’s Prior Learning Action Network (BC PLAN) is a network of like-minded organizations and individuals, who have come together from across the province to charter a communication network.
BC Plan promotes increased access to post-secondary credentials and skilled employment through the informed recognition of the skills and knowledge adults bring to post-secondary institutions, to business, and to industries across the province.
This informal network includes representatives from post-secondary institutions, provincial government, sector councils, and individuals working with adult learners in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Members are excited about the potential for growth of innovative PLAR partnerships in British Columbia and about the potential for a strong provincial network to encourage and support increased activity.