30 by 30 Initiative in 30 Second Sound Bites
By: Anna Gkalimani, EIT and OSPE Women in Engineering Advocacy Champions Task Force (WE ACT) member - September 11, 2018
OSPE’s Blog on ‘30 by 30 Initiative in 30 Second Sound Bites’ profiles Jeanette Southwood, P.Eng., Susan MacDougall, P. Eng., Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., Kathy Baig, P.Eng., Shelly Deitner, P. Eng., on their work on 30 by 30.
Would you be surprised to know that throughout Canada the percentage of the newly licensed engineers who are women is only 18%? This substantial under-representation of women in the field of engineering is problematic as it creates a significant gap in the workforce, isolating and excluding potential talent.
To address this gender gap, Engineers Canada introduced the 30 by 30 initiative. Jeanette Southwood, P.Eng., Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at Engineers Canada explains: “30 by 30 was created by Engineers Canada in 2015 to bring together the 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators in a collaborative campaign to increase women’s participation in engineering. The initiative aims to raise the number of newly licensed women engineers to 30% by 2030.