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 SETT workforce that values diversity and inclusion.
Mission: A recognized leader for and a voice of a national community for women in SETT. CCWESTT builds alliances and partnerships which support and celebrate a diverse SETT workforce.
Our Goals and Objectives
- To build awareness of CCWESTT across the country
- To build connections by developing alliances and partnerships.
- To create an online presence through current and popular social media platforms and updated website.
- To achieve 50% growth in the membership base.
- To support and participate in regional and national conferences to build partnerships, alliances and members who share the same vision.
Neemee Batstone, President - Engineers & Geoscientists Manitoba
Liette Vasseur, Past-President - Brock University, Faculty of Mathematics & Science
Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, Vice-President - Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)
Fervone Goings, Treasurer - Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST)
Nan Armour, Member at Large - Trades & WAGE Project - Women Unlimited
Madeleine Jensen-Fontaine, Member at Large - Conference - AWSN
Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Member at Large - NSERC Chairs - Women in Science and Engineering (WISE Atlantic)
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)
Cassandra Polyzou, Member at Large - Engineers Canada