What is SCWIST

Who we are

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.


…whilst raising awareness


We highlight opportunities, achievements and positive messages for and about women in the field. We do this by raising public awareness and guiding policy implementation.


Why we’re here

Anyone can see why SCWIST’s influence was needed in the 1980’s… but we’ve come a long way as an equal rights society since then. So why is SCWIST still working hard for women today?

  • Outdated assumptions persist about women as leaders in science, engineering and technology. Men continue to dominate senior leadership positions within these areas, despite the equal ability of their female colleagues

  • There are growing numbers of highly-trained women who have immigrated to Canada who do not work in their chosen fields. Our IWIS program provides support to these women

  • SCWIST grows with the new realities: we support and promote women in their education and career choices

  • As part of our ms infinity program we delight in encouraging girls to imagine science, engineering and technology as part of their future