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BC Women in Technology (BCWiT)

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 recognizes that it is critical to capture the interest of your girls at a younger age with hands on events and focused career counselling. Their mission is to provide support, be an information resource and promote awareness to women in technology careers and to women seeking new career opportunities.


TAGS:

ASTTBC • Mentorship • Networking for Advancing Career • Professional Development • Networking for Social Reasons

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.


TAGS:

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

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.


Island Women in Science & Technology

Island Women in Science and Technology (IWIST) is a not for profit society that hosts networking and professional development events on the island for women in STEM. Based on Vancouver Island, IWIST’s mission is to build a trusted community of women in STEM, developing peer connections, learning and growth, and camaraderie.


TAGS:

Professional Development • Networking for Advancing Career • Networking for advancing community • Networking for Social Reasons

Science World – Scientists and Innovators in Schools (SIS) Program

Scientists and Innovators in Schools (SIS) is a volunteer-based program that helps address British Columbia’s need for more scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, creative technology professionals and innovators to promote students’ interest in these areas. SIS’ goal is to inspire students (Grades K–12) with exciting, in-school presentations by career mentors across BC.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Mentorship • Speaking to Youth in community organizations or schools • Networking for Social Reasons

Vancouver Women in Technology (VanWIT)

Vanwit supports women pursuing careers in the technology sector. VanWIT provides a supportive community for women in technology at all stages of their careers. VanWIT creates mentorship, networking and educational opportunities to help women grow and succeed in Vancouver’s tech community.


TAGS:

Mentorship • Networking for Advancing Career • Professional Development • Volunteering • Networking for Social Reasons

Women in Mining BC

Women in Mining BC (WIMBC) is an organization that provides women in the mining industry with a way to connect to each other, share knowledge and experiences and build relationships that encourage growth and diversity. WIMBC is taking an active role in sharing published reports on how the mining industry can do more to attract, retain and advance the careers of women in the industry. The goal is to move past problem identification to having all members (men and women) of the mining community working together to implement strategies.


TAGS:

Industry Resources • Networking for Advancing Career • Networking for Social Reasons • Mentorship • Volunteering