Welcome To SCWIST. Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

A non-profit association that promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology.

Our members form a strong community of individuals and organizations who make this happen.
When you become a member, sponsor or volunteer, you will help:

  • inspire girls to study and consider a future in science
  • boost women in both early and more advanced careers
  • enable partner organizations to support women and strengthen community relationships

Members include university undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, technicians, technologists, research scientists, professors, engineers, consultants, unemployed and retired women scientists.

Are you a teen that loves science?

We have money available to help you reach your dreams!

In our Youth Leadership Program, you can create your own project to excite other teens about science. Apply here with your project ideas by May 31st.

Have you participated in one of SCWIST youth programs like Quantum Leaps or eMentoring? You are eligible for a Youth Skills Scholarship to put towards professional development, through workshops, courses, camps, etc. Apply here by May 31st. extended until June 15.

Call for Board Directors

Serving on the SCWIST Board of Directors is an exciting opportunity to gain leadership experience and express your voice as a woman in STEM while helping SCWIST to promote, encourage and empower women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Board consists of 10 volunteer Directors who are voted in at the AGM in June. Please note that all candidates must be SCWIST members in good standing and should be able to attend the majority of the monthly Board meetings held at the SCWIST office located in downtown Vancouver, as well as SCWIST activities and events. Board member terms are for two years beginning June 2017 to May 2019.

Interested? Please send the following to resourcecentre@scwist.ca:

  • Your resume
  • 1 page letter of interest discussing:
    a. why you would like to join the board,
    b. what you hope to bring to the board, and
    c. what you hope to get out of the experience
  • Complete the following Board Candidate questions

Deadline for application is April 2, 2017. (PDF please!)

For a list of Director positions, please see our website however we invite applicants to submit a general application.



Become a Member

 As a member of SCWIST, you will join a community of diverse and dynamic women who love science and technology. Our website, regular newsletters and email correspondence will keep you informed of opportunities to volunteer, network and engage in professional development.

Become a Member

Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers are integral to helping us advance and achieve our organization’s mission: this can be done only with the talents, passion and commitment from our volunteers. In return, we would love to provide you with opportunities to develop personal and professional skills that will stay with you forever.

Become a Volunteer

Come to an Event! 

 View all upcoming and recent events organized by SCWIST. Events include Brown Bag Series: Lunchtime discussions of current topics, Wonder Women Networking Event, Professional and Personal Development workshops, member receptions and many more fun events!

Come to an Event!

Programs We Offer

Since 1981, we have been the Society for Canadian Women In Science and Technology, or SCWIST, as we like to be known by all. We are a not-for-profit association with a clear aim:

To encourage women into science, engineering and technology…

We support and promote the education of girls and women through programs and activities that we develop in partnership with the community.

…and to keep them there…

We boost the numbers, retention and status of women in the workplace by facilitating networking, mentoring and advocating woman-friendly policies. … more info

ms infinity programs introduce girls to exciting career options and positive female role models in science and technology. Together, we bust the myths about scientists and their careers… you don’t need to wear a lab coat to be a scientist! more info

IWIS is for you. We provide support to immigrating professional women in the field. Our mission is to develop a community where women can share their experience, seek advice and broaden their networks. more info

Make Possible is a project funded by Status of Women Canada with the goal to create opportunities for women in technology through mentorship, networking, professional development and leadership.  more info

Make Possible, our free mentoring network.  Sign up

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