Based at UBC, the GIRLsmarts4tech program offers workshops for grade 7 girls in computer science. Programs include demos and hands on activities such as writing HTML computer programs, building a website and 3d printing. The interactive programming helped girls experiment and be creative. Sponsored by various partners including SAP and Microsoft.


High School Resources • Post-Secondary Resources • Volunteering • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools

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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


Champion Perspective • Mentorship • Post-Secondary Resources • Volunteering



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.

Science AL!VE Simon Fraser University

Science AL!VE is a student-run, not-for-profit organization based at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Science AL!VE provides opportunities to explore science beyond the textbooks through hands-on, interactive discovery workshops, camps, clubs and events for youth across BC. Programs are for youth in grades K-9 and offer customized programs for girls.


Indigenous Engagement • Mentorship • Elementary School Resources• Volunteering

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.


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

The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)

CAGIS is a national organization with chapters in Vancouver and Victoria BC. They hold monthly events to provide hands on activities and insights to girls aged 7-16 years about STEM careers. CAGIS Virtual is a new program that offers weekly, hands-on, live STEM sessions led by real experts. Volunteering opportunities are available to help run virtual activities or host a virtual session in area of expertise.


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

UBC Geering Up

UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering, and technology to youth (grades K-12) across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized and operated by UBC students to provide school workshops, camps, clubs and events. They strive to reach all children and youth, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture or socio-economic status, with special outreach for those groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Girls and online programs available.


Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Indigenous Engagement • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Volunteering

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.


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


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.


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



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.

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.


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