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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

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.


Girls Exploring Physics, Simon Fraser University

Girls Exploring Physics provides free workshops for girls in grades 9-10 located at the SFU Burnaby campus. They provide hands on activity sessions and a tour of the new Trottier astronomical observatory. In 2017 the program expanded to include professional development workshops for secondary science teachers to provide them with strategies to encourage more young women to study physics at the university level.


TAGS:

High School Resources • Professional Development (for high school science teachers) • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools

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.


TAGS:

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

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

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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.


Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of British Columbia (SITE-BC)

SITEBC promotes utilizing the full potential of internationally trained engineers so they can more meaningfully contribute their knowledge and skills to strengthen the Canadian economy. SITE BC offers volunteer opportunities to develop new strategic ideas and projects including writing articles and advocacy work.


TAGS:

Policy/Advocacy • Volunteering • Networking for Advancing Career • Professional Development

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.