Established in 1992, The Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) is a voluntary, non-profit national coalition of individual members and groups from across the country who advocate for a diverse and inclusive Canadian Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (SETT) workforce.
CCWESTT strives for inclusion, compassion, respect, cooperation, trust and integrity in our partnerships and collaborations. The long history of the Coalition, shared core values, collaborative efforts and significant regional and national activities of member groups have provided a firm base from which CCWESTT has built a national voice for women in SETT to change, build, and lead policy and practice for a diverse workforce.
CCWESTT consists of members from across Canada who encompass a comprehensive range of fields from engineering, science, trades, technology, and mathematics; sectors spanning academia to industry; and organizations, from provincial non-profit groups to associations such Engineers Canada.
CCWESTT holds biennial national conferences and supports regional conferences. These conferences bring together partners, sponsors, stakeholders and members for professional development workshops, forums, panels, speakers, and networking opportunities. The conference highlights activities by member organizations, industry partners and government initiatives that are working towards a more diverse SETT workforce in Canada.
CCWESTT participates and represents the Canadian community at national conferences and forums. We provide opportunities for members to speak as part of a unified voice with other organizations: with shared interests and concern; to shape policy and engage with government and other agencies; and provide access to updates on activities relating to the vision of CCWESTT across the country.
Our Vision and Mission
Vision: A Canadian society with gender equity, diversity and inclusion at every level of training and career in SETT.
Mission: CCWESTT is a national coalition of organizations and individuals who champion a gender equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canadian SETT sector. We build alliances and partnerships, act as a resource hub, and advocate with a strong, unified voice.
Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, President – Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)
Neemee Batstone, Past-President – Engineers & Geoscientisits Manitoba
Fervone Goings, Treasurer – Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST)
Nan Armour, Member at Large – WinSETT & WAGE Project – Women Unlimited
Madeleine Jensen-Fontaine, Member at Large – Conference – AWSN
Dr. Shohini Ghose, Member at Large – NSERC Chairs
Joni Jean, Member at Large – Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Denise Stilling, Member at Large – Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
Kim Bouffard, Member at Large – Engineers Canada
Kim Pickett, Member at Large – OACETT