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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

Promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science and technology.



We are in the midst of an important study on Status of Women in Canada and on its imperative economic and social advantages. SCWIST is engaged with full power in this initiative and we have a voice! Read more.



SCWIST presented to the House of Commons the solutions for gender equity in the STEM fields by providing them concrete action items needed at the government level, the corporate level, the community and the personal level. Let us know if you agree. Read the full speech here Read more.



Nearly 100 members!

A mentoring network connecting people in STEM.

We launched Make Possible last week and already have nearly100 people signed up, with over 800 skills from 43 industries.

Here are the benefits of Make Possible:
  • Get or provide mentoring support.
  • Develop and expand your leadership reach.
  • Take part in organized industry events and expand your network.
  • Learn new skills and contribute to advancing women in their careers.
Join using the link. It's free! Sign up to Make Possible



The BCIT award, SCWIST Margaret Lowe Benston Memorial Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, was awarded to Sunhwa Lee.  Congrats, Sunhwa!


Testimony for Tools for Transitions Workshop Series by Sally Halliday in Sept 2014
"Although I am not really in a transition,…it’s important to periodically review my career path and check in on whether I’m on the right track. With great tools for finding our values in life, …it was great to get some clarity on my career path (and life path in general). The workshop was lead by the lovely Sally Halliday, who is amazing! I would recommend her as a coach to anyone who is struggling with finding their path in work and life." – Janny Marie Peterslund

“The Tools for Transitions workshop exceeded my expectations in every way. Sally Halliday really made us dig deep, share our stories, and find comfort knowing that we are not alone in our uncertainty about what life holds next….” – Danniele Livengood

Power up Workshop
Were you at the YWCA on Hornby Street on 6 November to attend the SCWIST sponsored workshop on Risk, Reward and Resilience in Career and Life with a panel of Vancouver’s top women scientists*? If not, you missed one of the more informative and successful evenings that SCWIST has had. (read more) Read more.

FROM PERU TO CANADA: Paving a Successful Career in Biotechnology

Part II: An IWIS Interview with Elizabeth Velasque
Project Manager / Regulatory Affairs at SemiiosBIO

IWIS: You currently work as a project manager at a biotech company. How did your education and experiences back home, in Peru, prepare you for the work you currently do in the biotechnology industry?

Elizabeth: If you come from a highly regulated industry such as pharmaceuticals, you know there are not big differences in the technical knowledge. Science is the same everywhere. However, I do believe you have to upgrade your knowledge regularly. In my case, I decided to first take a hands-on training course in Biotech at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology), then I took a Master’s program in Management of Biotechnology at SFU, and finally I got the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Read more


CIHR - Computational Biology: Undergraduate Summer Student Health Research Award

Deadline:Jan 15, 2015

Computational biology is a broad field that lies at the intersection of three large and rapidly changing disciplines: biology, computer science and mathematics. Register

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