Engineers and Geoscientists BC Women in Engineering & Geoscience Division

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Women in Engineering is a community that encourages and promotes women at all levels in engineering and geoscience. Its mission is to build a strong and supportive community to connect, attract, promote, retain, and advocate for women in engineering and geoscience.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Women in Engineering puts on events aimed towards women engineers. They also organize a monthly book club. Books are selected based on participant interest and relevance to women in engineering and geoscience. Sessions are hosted via video conference to allow members across the province to participate.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Networking for Advancing Career • Networking for Social Reasons • Professional Development


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Katie-Au

Katie Au
Project Manager & Partner, BBA Engineering

LinkedIn Profile

Katie started volunteering as a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC in a mentorship role and wanted to have a bigger impact on the community so she joined the Executive Team of the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division (WIEG), a community that encourages and promotes women at all levels in engineering and geoscience.

Through WIEG experiences, Katie shared that she has gained many skills in the areas of board governance, communication, and leadership. She feels volunteering has given her an opportunity to speak up and voice her opinion to make impact in her community. If you want to learn more you can get in touch with her on LinkedIN.


Michelle-Blake

Michelle Blake
Vice President & Resources Business Group Director at HDR

LinkedIn Profile

Michelle started volunteering as a mentor with a program called Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) and participating in Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Women in Engineering and GeoScience Division. She became more focused on promoting woman in engineering by volunteering as a presenter/panelist to many groups, including schools, STEM programs, Science World, and universities, as well as attending UBC Alumni events. Her experiences gave her insight on how to speak with young women about careers in the engineering field, for example, she noted that women tend to prefer collaboration instead of competition and elitism.

Michelle has worked in male dominated sectors for several companies and has participated in formal equity programs in addition to informally advocating for equality in the workplace. In her workplace, she actively supports diversity and inclusion initiatives, including mentorship and sponsoring regional D&I groups. The highlight of Michelle’s career was recently she was approached by three women from the engineering sector, with no program affiliation, who asked her to be their mentor.

The one piece of advice Michelle emphasized was no matter how much time you have, it is important to give back to women in the sector; get out and volunteer – the rewards are enormous.


Engineers Canada Women in Engineering

Engineers Canada has created the 30 by 30 initiate, a national program with the goal of raising the percentage of women who are newly licensed engineers to 30% by the year 2030. Thirty per cent is universally held as the tipping point for sustainable change—reaching 30 by 30 will help drive the shift in the overall membership of the engineering profession as more and more women continue to enter the profession.

Engineers Canada has long fostered collaboration with engineering regulators and other engineering stakeholders to work collectively and share authority, decision-making, and accountability to reach 30 by 30. Engineers Canada facilitates the work of the 30 by 30 Champions network, facilitates data collection and distribution on the composition of the profession, and advocates to the federal government on issues relevant to women in engineering. The program focuses on barriers to entry and retention for women in the profession.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Industry Resources • Employer Resources • Networking for Advancing Career • Networking for Social Reasons • Professional Development


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Anne-Simonen

Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

LinkedIn Profile

I am participating in key leadership roles in many committees and organizations. I sit on advisory boards and steering committees, participate or lead initiatives, and be an active contributing member. I also act as a mentor to those that are interested in learning from others.

My professional career in STEM is independent from my community involvements. However, I have always been able to find employers that value my extra curricular community work.

I have been able to become involved in some amazing projects and have been nominated for committees or initiatives, for which others appreciate the expertise that I bring.

We need to build a critical mass to advance women in engineering and technology. So far, the work rests on a few organizations and individuals that put in their energy and time. All of us can definitely use more input and support, and since we all value diversity, that is actually only achieved if more come forward and join groups and organizations, and become partners in the goal to advance women in engineering and technology. We also need to bridge to more men as goal sharers. Without collaboration across genders, we don’t move forward.


Girl Guides Girls in STEM

Girl Guides – Girls in STEM program provides girls ages 5-17 an opportunity for hands on experience in STEM. Girls can experiment, design, create and imagine as they explore the infinite possibilities of what they can achieve in the world of science, technology, engineering and math. Girls are exposed to engineering through meetings, camps, conferences and workshops. The program also provides support and connections to women mentors in the field.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • Champion Perspective • High School Resources • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Mentorship


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Anne-Simonen

Anne Simonen
Guider for the 1st West Nelson Guides

LinkedIn Profile

I’m involved with the Girl Guides of Canada (girlguides.ca) I was involved as a youth member for many years, and when I finished my diploma, I wanted to get involved again. I did some research and was really excited to learn that Girl Guides is always seeking greater diversity and the inclusion of all self-identified girls and women. Volunteering with Girl Guides has benefitted my career as I find a lot of Guiders are in engineering and technology careers, and it has also connected me with parents in those careers as well.

I also find being a Guider has helped me as I find I am more connected to my community, and it has also connected me to a network of women who I know I can look to for mentorship, encouragement, or a sympathetic ear. Girl Guides has a strong emphasis on introducing girls to STEM careers, with multiple badges available to earn on the subjects, as well as camps and other events specifically to help youth members explore new careers and introduce them to role models.

(And to bust a myth: you DON’T need to be a parent to volunteer!)


 

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Kootenay Association for Science & Technology

KAST – Kootenay Association for Science & Technology manages the program GLOWS (Growing & Learning Opportunities With STEAM) which provides opportunities to help youth ages 5-19 find inspiration about their post-secondary education in a variety of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) disciplines.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective •  Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Mentorship


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

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Tanya Malcolm
GLOWS Program Manager for KAST

LinkedIn Profile

Tanya Malcolm is the GLOWS (Growing & Learning Opportunities With STEAM) Program Manager for KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology). GLOWS is the KAST youth program which offers community based STEAM programs to youth in the Kootenay region to inspire and encourage them to continue to expand their knowledge of STEAM, and to pursue further learning opportunities after secondary school.

Tanya’s experience with GLOWS has been extremely satisfying. Her background is in project, program and community management and GLOWS has offered her the opportunity to take her skill set and apply it to a program that directly impacts youth in the region. Contributing to meaningful projects through her work is very important to Tanya and she considers working with kids to be a great privilege and finds it very rewarding. Tanya’s work experience includes planning, collaborating and delivering STEAM based learning opportunities for students in grades K-12.

Tanya’s career in STEAM would not exist if it were not for the experience GLOWS has provided her. Her career path is a beautiful example of an organic development that has led to work within a sector that continues to inspire, challenge and excite her to develop both professionally and in women’s leadership.

Developing STEAM programs for youth has demanded Tanya stay on top of trends in science & technology, demands of the workforce, innovation in education and most importantly youth perspectives. Listening to youth voices is always inspiring and educator, leadership and mentorship opportunities through GLOWS can be both rewarding and valuable.

Seeing more women leading and teaching youth STEAM programs, mentoring youth and advocating for youth in tech provides youth in our region an important perspective – women in STEAM are competent, valuable and giving back. It is beneficial for all youth, no matter their gender identity,  to experience female STEAM leaders, but it is essential for our advancement for girls and young women to see the potential available to them through exposure to women lead STEAM learning opportunities.


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Langara College: 449 Women in Science Circle

Langara College is proud of all the women who have chosen to start their STEM careers with them. 49 Women in Science wants to help break down the barriers many of Langara’s students will face as they follow their science dreams. 49 Women in Science will provide philanthropic support, resources, and access to 49 Women in Science mentors to prepare students for a successful STEM career.

The 49 Women in Science Circle brings together successful women who want to support, create opportunities for, and have an impact on young women who study and seek to establish careers in the STEM field. Funds raised by the 49 Women in Science Circle will support and nurture women as they study at Langara and move on to further education and careers.  Beyond the awards, Circle members will also come together to network and mentor STEM students through a series of events hosted by the Circle throughout the year.

By joining the 49 Women in Science circle, you will not only have a positive financial impact by providing scholarships and bursaries to STEM students, but will provide a network of supports to current and future Langara students.  If you would like to learn more about the 49 Women in Science, please contact foundation@langara.ca.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Mentorship • Post-Secondary Resources • Volunteering


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Anne-Simonen

Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

LinkedIn Profile

I am participating in key leadership roles in many committees and organizations. I sit on advisory boards and steering committees, participate or lead initiatives, and be an active contributing member. I also act as a mentor to those that are interested in learning from others.

My professional career in STEM is independent from my community involvements. However, I have always been able to find employers that value my extra curricular community work.

I have been able to become involved in some amazing projects and have been nominated for committees or initiatives, for which others appreciate the expertise that I bring.

We need to build a critical mass to advance women in engineering and technology. So far, the work rests on a few organizations and individuals that put in their energy and time. All of us can definitely use more input and support, and since we all value diversity, that is actually only achieved if more come forward and join groups and organizations, and become partners in the goal to advance women in engineering and technology. We also need to bridge to more men as goal sharers. Without collaboration across genders, we don’t move forward.


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NGO Committee on the Status of Women

NGO CSW

NGO CSW Feminist and Womens Movement Action Plan

NGO CSW Generation Equality

NGO CSW facilitates a platform for the voices and leadership of feminists and women’s rights organizations globally who lobby for their inclusion in the UN deliberations in pursuit of gender equality.

NGO CSW ensures that the voices and leadership of feminist and women’s rights organizations all over the world are included in UN deliberations such as the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). We facilitate the largest gathering of civil society at the UN in support of women by hosting 10,000 women from around the world, coordinating and scheduling their 400 parallel events.

NGO CSW hosts a two-week NGO Forum, where activists gather from around the world to discuss issues pertaining to women and girls, to network, share strategies/best practices and to lobby governments at the CSW. We also conduct advocacy trainings, prepare an orientation, offer spaces to exchange and collaborate, and host regional caucus discussions.

NGO CSW holds monthly meetings featuring NGOs, UN, and government speakers, promote a gender perspective at the UN and other international meetings, publish reports analyzing UN processes and meetings through a gender lens, have a young professional’s program, and facilitate an internship program.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Events • Leadership • Policy/Advocacy


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Anne-Simonen

Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

LinkedIn Profile

I am participating in key leadership roles in many committees and organizations. I sit on advisory boards and steering committees, participate or lead initiatives, and be an active contributing member. I also act as a mentor to those that are interested in learning from others.

My professional career in STEM is independent from my community involvements. However, I have always been able to find employers that value my extra curricular community work.

I have been able to become involved in some amazing projects and have been nominated for committees or initiatives, for which others appreciate the expertise that I bring.

We need to build a critical mass to advance women in engineering and technology. So far, the work rests on a few organizations and individuals that put in their energy and time. All of us can definitely use more input and support, and since we all value diversity, that is actually only achieved if more come forward and join groups and organizations, and become partners in the goal to advance women in engineering and technology. We also need to bridge to more men as goal sharers. Without collaboration across genders, we don’t move forward.


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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)

SCWIST collaborates with STEM leaders to engage and inspire women and girls with programs, advocacy, and support networks across Canada. SCWIST offers a number of programs, events, and resources including a job board, diversity and inclusion resources, employer resources and information about scholarships, and advocacy work.


TAGS:

Employer Resources • Educator Resources • Champion Perspective • STEM Scholarships • Industry Resources • Mentorship • Policy/Advocacy • Professional Development • Speaking to Youth in community organizations or schools • Networking Events for Advancing Career • Scholarships


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Anne-Simonen

Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

LinkedIn Profile

I am participating in key leadership roles in many committees and organizations. I sit on advisory boards and steering committees, participate or lead initiatives, and be an active contributing member. I also act as a mentor to those that are interested in learning from others.

My professional career in STEM is independent from my community involvements. However, I have always been able to find employers that value my extra curricular community work.

I have been able to become involved in some amazing projects and have been nominated for committees or initiatives, for which others appreciate the expertise that I bring.

We need to build a critical mass to advance women in engineering and technology. So far, the work rests on a few organizations and individuals that put in their energy and time. All of us can definitely use more input and support, and since we all value diversity, that is actually only achieved if more come forward and join groups and organizations, and become partners in the goal to advance women in engineering and technology. We also need to bridge to more men as goal sharers. Without collaboration across genders, we don’t move forward.


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SCWIST – Make Possible Network

Make Possible is a free mentoring network to advance professionals in STEM careers. Make Possible was developed in 2014 by members of SCWIST (Society for Women in Science and Technology) with funding support from Status of Women Canada to attract, retain and advance women in science and technology.

Make Possible is a free online platform where people can mentor and be mentored, create networking connections, focus on professional development and achieve their career aspirations.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Mentorship • Professional Development


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Anne-Simonen

Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

LinkedIn Profile

I am participating in key leadership roles in many committees and organizations. I sit on advisory boards and steering committees, participate or lead initiatives, and be an active contributing member. I also act as a mentor to those that are interested in learning from others.

My professional career in STEM is independent from my community involvements. However, I have always been able to find employers that value my extra curricular community work.

I have been able to become involved in some amazing projects and have been nominated for committees or initiatives, for which others appreciate the expertise that I bring.

We need to build a critical mass to advance women in engineering and technology. So far, the work rests on a few organizations and individuals that put in their energy and time. All of us can definitely use more input and support, and since we all value diversity, that is actually only achieved if more come forward and join groups and organizations, and become partners in the goal to advance women in engineering and technology. We also need to bridge to more men as goal sharers. Without collaboration across genders, we don’t move forward.


The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology

The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) is an action-oriented, non-profit organization that aspires to recruit, retain and advance women in science, engineering, trades and technology (SETT). The WinSETT Centre advances women’s leadership in the technically skilled workforce by delivering workshops to advance the retention and leadership of women in SETT fields; partnering on specific projects with like-minded organizations; and promoting and celebrating the leadership of women in SETT organizations as role models and mentors.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Employer Resources • Professional Development • Mentorship


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

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Rebecca Sorbara
Director of Building Science at McCuaig and Associates Engineering

LinkedIn Profile

Rebecca recently joined the WINSETT Board of Directors, an organization that aspires to recruit, retain and advance women in science, engineering, trades and technology. Although this is a new role, the benefits from becoming a board member have had a big impact on Rebecca including being aware and having conversations about the issues women face in the engineering and technology sectors.

Besides being an advocate for women in engineering and technology, Rebecca would like to encourage men to get involved and see the benefits of having a diverse workforce. Rebecca thinks volunteering and continuing professional development are key to career development. WINSETT offers online leadership programs for women in engineering and technology.


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Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL)

Founded in 2001, Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) delivers inspirational programs that bring women together to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills & creates positive change in the future of women’s leadership. Over 50,000+ women participants in WIL programs that showcase role models and help more women become leaders including a Women in Tech Forum Committee.

WIL and its programs are only possible due to dedicated volunteers that sit on the local Chapter Executive, Committees and other support roles. WIL offers challenging volunteer leadership opportunities that helps expand women’s networks and leadership development across Canada.

WIL features mentorship opportunities, events, and a comprehensive job board Leading Talent, the WIL Career Portal. WIL recently launched a new mentorship program – 2021 Women in Leadership Virtual Mentorship Program.

WIL’s VISION: Advancing women in leadership while celebrating the contributions women make in the private and public sector.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Events • Job Postings • Leadership • Mentorship • Volunteering


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Michelle-Blake

Michelle Blake
Vice President & Resources Business Group Director at HDR

LinkedIn Profile

Michelle started volunteering as a mentor with a program called Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) and participating in Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Women in Engineering and GeoScience Division. She became more focused on promoting women in engineering by volunteering as a presenter/panelist to many groups, including schools, STEM programs, Science World, and universities, as well as attending UBC Alumni events. Her experiences gave her insight on how to speak with young women about careers in the engineering field, for example, she noted that women tend to prefer collaboration instead of competition and elitism.

Michelle has worked in male dominated sectors for several companies and has participated in formal equity programs in addition to informally advocating for equality in the workplace. In her workplace, she actively supports diversity and inclusion initiatives, including mentorship and sponsoring regional D&I groups. The highlight of Michelle’s career was recently she was approached by three women from the engineering sector, with no program affiliation, who asked her to be their mentor.

The one piece of advice Michelle emphasized was no matter how much time you have, it is important to give back to women in the sector; get out and volunteer – the rewards are enormous.