SCWIST July 2015 Newsletter
Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology
Promotes, encourages & empowers women & girls in science & technology

Status of Women Report

The House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women Canada has just released their report on women in skilled trades and STEM occupations. SCWIST presented as a witness and is mentioned many times in the report. Key recommendations on pages 37-38 include more support for programs that engage girls at an early age, create career connections and develop mentoring networks. Click here to read the full report.

Meet the Director of Outreach

Friderike Moon tells her SCWIST story.
I have been excited about science ever since my elementary school years, and already in grade 5 I knew I wanted to become a scientist.
My interest in science continued to grow throughout my school years and I became increasingly inspired by my great high school teachers. I feel it is extremely important to support and mentor children of all ages when they show an interest in science, and that’s why I didn’t have to think twice when the position as Director of Outreach at SCWIST became available.
Science outreach has been my passion ever since I finished university, and over the past few years I have worked with young girls on Science Fair projects and taught neuroscience to grade 10 and 11 students.
SCWIST’s ms infinity program is a perfect combination of workshops for young girls, and mentoring and career conferences for high school students. My favorite age-range for school visits is K-4. At that age the kids are naturally curious and easy to engage with hands-on activities.
From my point of view, it is important to spark an interest early on, because once children enter grade 8 they have already decided whether science is exciting or not. I have delivered many workshops, and each time it has been a rewarding and inspiring experience for me to work with young learners. ms infinity is always looking for new volunteers who are interested in being a mentor or delivering workshops – find out how rewarding it is to be a science hero and request more information here


June 11th Workshop

Attracting Top STEM Talent – Towards a Gender Inclusive Workplace

We certainly attracted a diverse group of top STEM talent at our recent Make Possible workshop on creating high performing workplaces.  Leaders from D-Wave Systems, NSERC Women in Science and Engineering, WinSETT, BCHRMA, SFU, UBC, ASTTBC, APEGBC, PQA, SCWIST and many others had creative ideas and strategies to contribute. This HR Voice article has a quick summary of some of the challenges and solutions; and below the article are links to other relevant research on the topic.


Make Possible Update 

Our Make Possible Mentoring Network continues to grow at a steady pace with new members joining every week – from students to entrepreneurs to CEOs to all types of interesting people – across diverse industry sectors, research organizations and post secondary institutes – and covering geography from coast to coast across Canada and internationally.   You can find a mentor, be a mentor, explore career options, find collaboration partners, develop new skills, share your expertise and advance your leadership potential.  Join now, start browsing our members and connect with someone today.   
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Upcoming SCWIST Events
Annual Volunteer & Staff Appreciation BBQ
SCWIST invites you to the annual Volunteer & Staff Appreciation Event, check your e-mail for details.

Join us for a picnic at the beach with delicious food and engaging conversation! This is a great opportunity to make new friends and connect with fellow Volunteers, Staff and Board Members.

You will also get an opportunity to learn more about other SCWIST activities. Bring along your family and friends!
Job Opportunities
Operations Research Analyst at the Rick Hansen Institute
The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries.

The Operations Research Analyst will be working as a member of the Data Services Team at RHI. This position will be responsible for assisting with the development and ongoing validation of the statistical models developed for the Access to Care and Timing project.

Read more here.

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