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WISEatlantic Update - Spring 2019

By: WISEatlantic

The NSERC Women in Science and Engineering – Atlantic Region Program (WISEatlantic), chaired by Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal at Mount Saint Vincent University (the Mount) in Halifax, NS, has had a busy Fall/Winter and is set to have just as busy of a Spring!

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, WISEatlantic hosted a role model session at the Mount’s annual Girls Conference. On March 23rd WISEatlantic hosted the first Girls Get WISE Science Retreat for girls in grades 7-10 at St. FX university, and on April 13th hosted the annual Girls Get WISE Science Retreat at the Mount. Another role model session for junior high girls took place as part of Skills Canada Nova Scotia’s Skilled Futures for Women event at Acadia University on April 26th.

WISEatlantic is also planning the biennial Atlantic ConnecTions Conference for Women in SETT, an official CCWESTT regional conference, which is taking place on May 30 & 31. Other events in the pipeline are the Junior and Senior Girls Get WISE Summer Science Camps, Junior camp from July 15-19 and Senior camp August 12-15. Camps take place at the Mount.

Information about WISEatlantic and all their events can be found on their website HERE!

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CCWESTT Receives the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion Award

By: CCWESTT

We are VERY EXCITED to learn that...

The Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology 2018 Conference Steering Committee received the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion Award for empowering and supporting women in science, engineering, trades and technology.

Congratulations to the group!

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For the full news release of the recipients honoured with APEGA Summit Awards, click here.

To read the Summit Receipients Backgrounder for CCWESTT, click here.

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Nominations are now being Accepted for the 2019 EQUALS in Tech Awards

By: EQUALS in Tech Awards

We are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 EQUALS in Tech Awards. Each year, groundbreaking initiatives from around the world aimed at bridging the gender digital divide are invited to submit nominations.

The nomination period will run for two months starting April 11th.  The deadline for the submission is June 11th.  Please find the form to submit your nomination HERE!

Organizations and individuals can nominate their own initiatives or those of others for an award in one of the following categories:

  • Access: Initiatives related to improving women's and girls' digital technology access, connectivity and security
  • Skills: Initiatives that support the development of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills of women and girls
  • Leadership (2 subcategories):
    -SMEs: Initiatives focused on promoting women in decision-making roles within the ICT field
    -In Tech: Initiatives promoted by tech sector companies to bridge the digital gender divide
  • Research: Initiatives prioritizing research on gender digital divides and producing reliable evidence to tackle diversity issues within STEM and computing fields

The 2019 awards will take place in November in Berlin as a side event at the Internet Governance Forum. Winners will be flown from around the globe to attend and receive their awards, to share their inspiring stories and to build their professional networks with other winners and attending EQUALS partners. The awards demonstrate just how impactful ICTs can be for women and girls to improve their personal and professional lives.

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CAGIS is the Winner of the WCT Empowerment Award 

By: the Canadian Association for Girls In Science

It was announced in the Globe and Mail on International Women's Day that the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) won the WCT Award for Leadership Excellence for its "leadership in inspiring girls to enter STEM fields". Dr. Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko will be accepting the award on behalf of CAGIS in Ottawa in May.

https://www.wct-fct.com/en/news/wct-annual-leadership-awards-recognize-canada%E2%80%99s-rising-stars-closing-gender-gap

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2019 Made-in-Canada Athena SWAN Workshops - Ateliers de 2019 sur la version canadienne de l’initiative Athena SWAN

By: Laurence Clennett-Sirois, On behalf of the Athena SWAN team

Hello, As you may know, the Government of Canada is implementing a made-in-Canada Athena SWAN program as part of its commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the post-secondary research community.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is leading Athena SWAN in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Progress to date

Initial consultations on the Canadian Athena SWAN program were held across the country in the summer and fall of 2018. Feedback from these consultations emphasized the importance of working with organizations that support underrepresented groups to design the program and ensure that the Charter is inclusive.

Consulting on the Charter

NSERC is launching a second round of consultations to inform the first draft of the Canadian Athena SWAN Charter. The diverse perspectives, knowledge, and experiences of stakeholders gathered through these consultations will help strengthen the Charter and program design, requirements, and processes.

Providing feedback in person

In addition to holding consultation sessions, NSERC representatives would be happy to organize an in-person meeting with members of your organization to gather input on the draft Charter and program design. We have developed guiding questions to help you to develop your input.

If you are interested in organizing an in-person meeting, please refer to the consultation sign-up page to find a date that work with both our schedules and forward our request to a member of your staff who could help us coordinate.

If you have any questions or would like to provide input in advance of our meeting, you can contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the made-in-Canada Athena SWAN initiative, please visit our website.

Thank you for your participation.

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