Past Conferences

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Moving Forward Together (Halifax, Nova Scotia 2012)

An inaugural Policy Forum to discuss the participation of women in science, engineering, trades and technology was held on May 3, 2012, in conjunction with the 14th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades
and Technology (CCWESTT) in Halifax. Its theme, “Moving Forward Together,” reflected one aspect of the overall theme of the conference, which was “Inspiring a SeaChange.” The focus of the forum was on the experiences of women engaged in the fields known collectively as SETT (science, engineering, trades and technology) and on the policies, programs and practices affecting their participation. Its goal was to inspire a partnership approach to increasing the participation of women in SETT, by moving forward together, from insight to action.

Read the full Policy Forum document here.

Sustaining Growth for Innovations: Bringing Women to the Forefront (Ottawa, Ontario 2016)

The 2016 conference focused on sustaining growth for innovation. Bringing women to the forefront was selected as the theme to continue pursuing our goal and vision of CCWESTT in promoting women in all aspects, from schooling to leadership roles. The theme was inspired by two major documents that were approved in 2015-2016: “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development” and “Seizing Canada’s Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation.”

In both documents, it is clear that women in SETT have an important role to play. But it was also very clear that many barriers still exist. The policy forum held during the conference was also inspired by a barrier that was not always obvious: dangerous conditions for expecting women in SETT. This report summarizes the various presentations and discussions that occurred during the
conference. Some lines of recommendations and actions were also drawn from the policy forum.

Read the Policy Forum document here

Re-Define The Future (Edmonton, Alberta 2018)

The purpose of the CCWESTT2018 Policy Forum was to build on the inaugural Policy Forum held during CCWESTT2012 in Halifax Nova Scotia, by bringing together leaders from government, academia, industry, and the trades to share their experiences on how policy can create cross-sectoral inspiration, reflection, insight and action. We define policy as a course of action adopted or proposed by a government, organization or individual to enhance
diversity and inclusion.

In 2012, there were two key challenges for women in science, engineering, trades, and technology. First, diversity and inclusion was not recognised as an asset in workplaces. Second, there was a lack of critical mass of women in specific fields. As a result, women were often less engaged as they were undervalued, emotionally stressed, and more likely to leave their workplaces.

The objective of the CCWESTT2018 Policy Forum was to get people to think about the concrete actions that we can take for the retention, advancement, funding, and policies that would improve workplaces for women in non-traditional occupations.

Read the Policy Forum document here