Call for Presenters

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CCWESTT 2022 Call for Presentations

The 19th biennial CCWESTT conference will be held May 12-14, 2022 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The theme of the 2022 conference is Reach for the Stars: Creating Impact Together.  Our logo represents Bellatrix, the female warrior.

Call for Presenters is now open.  Please review submission instructions below and scroll to bottom of this page to submit.

Why Present?

It is anticipated this three-day national event will bring together more than 300 diverse women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (SETT) and their allies, including national and inter­national subject experts, academics, CEOs/presidents, industry and government representatives, employers, employees and prospective employees.

Showcasing, collaborating, sharing and learning from one another and networking with allies engaged in inclusion for all SETT workers is a priority of the conference  The conference will maximize the engagement of participants, acknowledge their individual and collective experiences and provide opportunities for us to learn from those experiences, creating impact together. The 2022 conference will reach for the stars to advance the overarching goal of full participation of women at all levels in SETT, in safe and inclusive workplaces.

This inclusive conference welcomes submissions from all genders and intersections of diversity, from all sectors of SETT, at all phases of the career lifecycle, to share knowledge, experiences and promising practices.  We want to hear from you.

Presentation Themes

Presentations should be related to one of the themes listed below.  The CCWESTT 2022 Program Committee welcomes proposals for creative, innovative sessions within the parameters of the themes.  The CCWESTT 2022 Program Committee is also interested in other timely or relevant topics that may provide value for attendees by providing updates on policy, procedures, and best practices.

CCWESTT 2022 is looking for innovative practices and real-life success stories from people who are committed to creating safe and inclusive SETT work places. Submissions should be specific to one or more of the themes below.

  • Intersectionality

Considering / incorporating intersectionality in EDI programs and workplaces –Women who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or with a disability may be subject to additional cumulative barriers. Similarly individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ face barriers that others do not.  Submissions may share examples or best practices for considering and incorporating various intersections of diversity into EDI programs that help to foster a culture of inclusion.  Submissions could also focus specifically on one intersection or another – i.e. best practices for addressing barriers related to race and ethnicity, indigenous experience in Canada, LGBTQ+, etc. within the SETT workforce in Canada.

  • Building Better Allies

When it comes to their career journey, many people feel like they are alone.  Relationships with mentors, sponsors or allies can help people connect, share and learn from others at all stages of their careers.  Each of the three relationships — allyship, mentorship and sponsorship — is instrumental in creating a strong, inclusive culture that drives development and professional growth.  Submissions could focus on any or all of these three relationships.

  • Inclusive Leadership

Having the ability to lead a diverse group of people while demonstrating respect for each person’s unique characteristics without bias is essential to promoting an inclusive workplace.  An inclusive leader authentically commits to diversity, inclusion, and equity. They seek to understand other cultures, challenge the status quo, and be an advocate of equity for all. Submissions may include professional development for leaders interested in becoming more inclusive or may share examples/ best practices that illustrate inclusive leadership and the resulting benefits.  Showcase how the leadership in your organization has changed the status quo in your SETT workforce. 

  • Outreach

Achieving the overarching goal of full participation of women at all levels in SETT involves attracting a wider pool of women to post-secondary SETT studies.  Submissions may focus on best practices that have demonstrated effective results and/or promising outreach strategies that inspire a wide range of students in elementary, middle and high schools to pursue further studies in SETT. Submissions may also focus on outreach that inspires parents and/or teachers and guidance counselors to encourage diverse students to pursue careers in SETT.

  • Recruitment/Retention

This theme will focus on promising strategies for recruitment/retention of diverse students and faculty in SETT University programs, and/or recruitment/ retention of diverse SETT employees at all levels (entry level through leadership and C-suite) in Industry and Government Workplaces.

  • Culture Transformation

Changing the hearts, minds, and skills of the workforce is key to supporting the desired culture of inclusion.  Submissions may focus on policy development that encourages more inclusive cultures in SETT sectors, promising practices that foster safe and inclusive environments, embed EDI into organizations and/or facilitate culture change to become more diverse and inclusive, to ultimately change the culture.

  • Other

All ideas welcome.  Not seeing a good fit here, the program committee will review your submission and place it in the best-fit time slot.

Presentation Details

Format

Call for presenters will allow those who submit a presentation to select the following preferred lengths for their presentations, each of which must include sufficient time for Q&A: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes, or 75 minutes.  Submitters are not guaranteed they will be allocated their preferred length, but this will be considered as we build the program. 

Presentations must be non-proprietary in nature, and cannot advertise a product or service.

Session attendance is voluntary and is influenced by the needs and interests of the participants.

The Program Committee will review the submissions for:

  • Relevance to one or more of the conference themes
  • Timeliness and interest of the topic to SETT professionals
  • Innovative ideas
  • Promising practices with demonstrated impact
  • Qualification(s) of the presenter(s)

General Guidelines

  1. To be considered, presentations must be submitted electronically via the form on this page.
  2. Submission deadline is, Monday, November 22, 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time.AST: Atlantic time is GMT-4
  • If your presentation is selected, audio-video recordings, photographs and/or print reproductions may be made of your presentation and copies made available to conference attendees. Should this happen, your permission will be requested prior to such distribution.
  • Presenters must register for the CCWESTT 2022 conference.
  • Presenters understand that neither honoraria nor expenses for preparation, conference fees, travel or accommodation will be paid.

Preparing Your Presentation Submission

  1. Your presentation submission must include the following:
    1. title of the session,
    1. name(s) of presenter(s)
    1. presenter(s) position and organization/affiliation
    1. brief bio of presenter(s) (50 words max)
  2. Submission may be prepared in either French or English.
  3. Please single space your submission.
  4. The body of the presentation should be typed as one paragraph and should not exceed 250 words. Should your submission be accepted, this overview will be used on the CCWESTT 2022 website for promotion purposes
  5. Complete all required fields. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. We suggest that you first develop your submission in a word processing program and copy and paste information in the appropriate sections. When you are ready to submit your presentation, click the link at the bottom of this page.

Acceptance

Presenters will be notified of their presentation acceptance on or before January 28, 2022. If for unforeseen reasons, a presentation must be cancelled, the presenter should contact the Conference Secretariat, Agenda Managers at CCWESTT@agendamanagers.com or 1-877-731-1333 as soon as possible so the space may be filled.

To submit a presentation please click HERE.