Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology

The Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) is a leader for and a voice of a national community for women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (SETT). As a national organization made up of individuals, groups, institutions and industries, CCWESTT builds alliances and partnerships which support and celebrate a diverse SETT workforce. CCWESTT’s mission is to expand the attraction, retention and promotion of women in the engineering, trades and technology workforces. From education, to retention and leadership, CCWESTT’s goal is to empower and support women who study and work in these fields through conferences, professional development opportunities, building networks and mentorship relationships, and being a voice for women in SETT in Canada.


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Industry Resources • Employer Resources • Networking for Advancing Career • Networking for Social Reasons

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.


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


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

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Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

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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.


Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSBC)

ISSofBC’s TechWomen program provides newcomer women with skills in introductory web development and design, technical language skills and job readiness training. Program offers woman-centered curriculum that addresses the specific training needs of newcomer women. Techwomen also provides networking and job shadow opportunities to landed immigrants, caregivers (with open work permit), refugee claimants or naturalized citizen. Applicants must have English Language proficiency Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level 6 or higher.


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Immigrant • Employer Resources • Networking for Advancing Career • Professional Development • Mentorship

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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.


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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.


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.


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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.


Westcoast Women in Engineering Science and Technology (WWEST)

WWest’s 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 nationally on policy, research, advocacy, facilitation, and pilot programs that support women in science and engineering.

www.sfu.ca/wwest

wwest.mech.ubc.ca


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High School Resources • Elementary School Resources • Employer Resources • Educator Resources • Industry Resources • Scholarships • Mentorship • Professional Development • Networking for Advancing Career • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Policy/Advocacy

Women in Tech, part of BC Tech Association

BC’s Tech Association offers a Women in Tech program to support gender equality in technology. Women in Tech provides workshops, community connections to support women in the sector and to nurture leaders and innovators. BC Tech brings together industry leaders dedicated to supporting women in tech to develop and implement proven practices that enable women to thrive.


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Employer Resources • Indigenous Engagement • Professional Development • Policy/Advocacy • Networking for Advancing Community