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2019 Made-in-Canada Athena SWAN Workshops - Ateliers de 2019 sur la version canadienne de l’initiative Athena SWAN

By: Laurence Clennett-Sirois, On behalf of the Athena SWAN team

Hello, As you may know, the Government of Canada is implementing a made-in-Canada Athena SWAN program as part of its commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the post-secondary research community.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is leading Athena SWAN in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Progress to date

Initial consultations on the Canadian Athena SWAN program were held across the country in the summer and fall of 2018. Feedback from these consultations emphasized the importance of working with organizations that support underrepresented groups to design the program and ensure that the Charter is inclusive.

Consulting on the Charter

NSERC is launching a second round of consultations to inform the first draft of the Canadian Athena SWAN Charter. The diverse perspectives, knowledge, and experiences of stakeholders gathered through these consultations will help strengthen the Charter and program design, requirements, and processes.

Providing feedback in person

In addition to holding consultation sessions, NSERC representatives would be happy to organize an in-person meeting with members of your organization to gather input on the draft Charter and program design. We have developed guiding questions to help you to develop your input.

If you are interested in organizing an in-person meeting, please refer to the consultation sign-up page to find a date that work with both our schedules and forward our request to a member of your staff who could help us coordinate.

If you have any questions or would like to provide input in advance of our meeting, you can contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the made-in-Canada Athena SWAN initiative, please visit our website.

Thank you for your participation.


Future Skills / Compétences futures

By: Future Skills Office, Employment and Social Development Canada

We are pleased to share with you that on February 14, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Labour and Workforce Development, along with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, announced the names of the Future Skills Council members, and that Ryerson University, the Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint were selected to partner and operate Canada’s new Future Skills Centre.

For additional information on Future Skills, please see the full news release here.

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WinSETT Centre receives funding from NL Workforce Innovation Centre

By: WinSETT Centre

On Jan. 11, 2019, Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour in Newfoundland and Labrador announced six recipients of funding from the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC).  

WinSETT was awarded $280,851 for a 31-month project to enhance its Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (SETT) Leadership Program in NL and make it more available to women in isolated and remote workplaces through online delivery.

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WinSETT Leadership Letter (Winter 2019)

By: WinSETT Centre

CCWESTT is happy to share the latest issue of the WinSETT Leadership Letter (Winter 2019).  

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Participate in the 2019 Global Engineers Survey

By: DiscoverE

Calling All Engineers!  Take part in the first-ever survey of Engineers around the world!  

DiscoverE is conducting a global survey to discover what engineers have in common, what’s different, and what it means for the future of engineering.  Here is how you can participate:

  1. Complete the 2019 Global Engineer Survey.  
  2. Share the survey with your friends and colleagues.
  3. Join DiscoverE on April 3 as they share the results and celebrate Global Day of the Engineer, a worldwide celebration of the engineering community's positive impact and a call to inspire future innovators.

This is YOUR survey! Please take a few minutes to participate today. 

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