Athena Pathways

Athena Pathways is a partnership of academia, government and industry to educate women in the science and commercialization of artificial intelligence. The Athena Pathways project will help more Canadian women see the potential of the tech sector helping support Canadian tech companies fill job vacancies and, in turn, become more competitive while addressing the gender gap in AI. Women are underrepresented in AI technology, and diversity is critical for accurate models. One of Athena Pathways goals is to address this gender bias.


Education • Scholarships • Mentorship


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.


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



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 Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC and Technologists of BC

Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC and Technologists of BC (SPEATBC) provides assistance to new immigrant engineers, new graduates in areas of professional guidance and career development. SPEATBC promotes the engineering profession in the Punjabi community and fosters a spirit of fellowship amongst its members. SPEATBC represents all disciplines including Electrical, Computer, Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Environmental, Metallurgical Engineers and all Applied Science Technologists and Technicians.


Mentorship • Networking for Advancing Career • Scholarships • Job Postings

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.


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 Engineering (WiE)

UBC’s Together WiE Can initiative is aimed at increasing female enrollment in UBC Engineering from 18 to 30 per cent. Supports scholarships for outstanding students, supports outreach programs for K-12 student, teachers and parents to help encourage young women to consider engineering.


Goals of Together WiE Can:

• Increase female enrollment in UBC engineering to 50 per cent through outreach, recruitment and retention
• Ensure proportional representation of women and other underrepresented groups in the profession of engineering
Encourage girls and their “influencers” (teachers and parents) to choose engineering as a career choice
Promote participation of alumni and donors in engineering education and outreach initiatives
Diversify industry pipelines in STEM to foster innovation


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