Organisations and Associations

Alberta Women’s Science Network

An organisation that encourages women in Engineering, Science & Information Technology.

Association for Computing Machinery’s Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W)

Celebrate, informs and supports women in computing, and works with the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy makers to improve working and learning environments for women.

Association for Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Manitoba

The Association for Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Manitoba.

BC Innovation Council

The site provides links to its programs, initiatives, and regional councils, as well as extensive volunteer information.

Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE)

The UK association for women in the sciences, engineering and the technologies.

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance)

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) grows the revenues of its members by creating a collaborative edge — a chain of expanding value that ripples across Canada’s Innovators, Commercializers, Users, and Professionals.

Canadian Women in the Mathematical Sciences

Provides both on and offline resources on math and sciences across Canada. Topic forums relevant to the organisation as well as a member directory can be found.

Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT)

An organisation committed to the advancement of women in technology with chapters in Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and BC.

CCWESTT-Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology

The Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology contains everything from job search information to member organisation listings and an archive of speeches and articles. CCWESTT is a national coalition of groups that aims to promote women in science, engineering, trades and technology, celebrate their contribution and apply new vision to these fields.

Chair for Women in Science and Engineering – Ontario

The Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario (CWSE-ON) works to increase the participation of women of all ages in science and engineering.

Computer Science Online – Computer Science for Women

Despite the wide range of job opportunities in computer science, women remain significantly underrepresented in the field. Today, however, many companies, organizations, and colleges are committed to increasing the number of women in computer science. Learn what’s being done and how you can prepare for a successful career in this innovative field.

Division for the Advancement of Women in Engineering and Geoscience

DAWEG is a division of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). Its purpose is to implement programs which will promote and encourage women in engineering and geoscience, and will increase and enhance the participation of women in these fields.


This site encourages girls to involve themselves in technology by creating special services and products intended especially for them. It includes detailed and interesting information on inventions and modern-day inventors.

IEEE Women in Engineering in Canada

The IEEE Women in Engineering initiative has been established to promote achievements of women professionals in fields of interest to IEEE.

Let’s Talk Science

Here you can access information about science, technology, engineering and mathematics resources and education related to Canadians.

LifeSciences British Columbia

LifeSciences British Columbia supports and represents the biopharmaceutical, medical device, bioproducts & bioenergy, and greater life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, advocacy and promotion of our world-class science and industry.

Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS)

Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.

Minerva Foundation

Since Minerva’s inception in 1999 Minerva has helped more than 3000 women and girls throughout BC make amazing and lasting life changes. Minerva creates these opportunities for women and girls in BC by:
1. Partnering with business, government, service organizations, public institutions and individuals
2. Offering programs and educational awards to help women reach their full potential.

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

OWSD is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.

Science Alive

This site is the home of Science AL!VE, an “integrated, curriculum based science program” managed by undergraduate science and engineering students at Simon Fraser University. The site provides details on summer camps and on-campus workshops as well as upcoming events and volunteer information.

Science World at TELUS World of Science

Science World British Columbia is a non-profit organisation that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.

Society of Women Engineers

SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.


Voices of Women in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math

Student Biotechnology Network (SBN)

The SBN is a student driven and led, not-for-profit organisation that provides students an autonomous forum to discuss and explore interests in biotechnology and the life sciences. Through interactive lectures, career fairs, networking events, and unique mentorship opportunities, SBN builds bridges between students and the local biotech sector to help prepare industry-ready graduates. Since its inception in 2001, the SBN has grown to be the largest network of its kind in Western Canada.

University of Ottawa Women in Engineering Research Group (UOWERG)

The Ottawa Women in Engineering Research Group (UOWERG) is currently scrutinising the meaning of social relevance in engineering education, and measuring the impact of the efforts and strategies aimed at establishing connections between engineering education and the needs of society.


The first women’s tech-networking group meeting both online and offline around the world. Webgrrls International provides a forum for women in or interested in new media and technology to network, exchange job and business leads, form strategic alliances, mentor and teach.

Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, & Technology (WWEST)

WWEST is a program to support the recruitment and retention of women in engineering, science and technology on the West coast.


WIGSAT provides services in the area of gender, science and technology for development, with a special focus on information and communications technologies. It also acts as a broker or disseminator of information and resources.

WIN – Women in Nuclear Global

WIN is a world-wide association of women working professionally in the fields of nuclear energy and application of radiation.

Wired Woman

Wired Woman lists Canadian chapters of women in the technology sector. The organization is very involved in promoting all women to enter the technical field and holds regular meetings “Technology with Curves”. From their site: ”… foster a community that encourages women to explore opportunities and build successful careers that allow them to actively participate in the growing technology sector.”

WITI – Women in Technology International

Helpful resources such as technology updates, careers options and tips on balancing work and home life.
From their site: Women in Technology International is the premiere global organisation empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has powerful programs and partnerships that provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other.”

Women in Engineering (Vancouver Region)

Helpful resources such as technology updates, careers options and tips on balancing work and home life.
A group of engineering women continuing the efforts to create a network of women engineers in the Vancouver region.

Women’s Enterprise Centre

Women’s Enterprise Centre was established in 1995 by Western Economic Diversification Canada, to assist women in starting and growing businesses in British Columbia. They’ve grown to become the leading business resource centre in our province for women starting, purchasing or growing a small business. They provide essential business services and resources, as well as referrals to many resources and other business service providers throughout the province.

Women’s Executive Network

Since 1997, WXN has created and delivered innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inspire and applaud our community of 18,000 smart women and their organisations in the pursuit of excellence.

Women in Leadership (WIL)

The Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) creates inspirational programs that bring women together in developing their leadership skills and creating positive change in the future of women’s leadership in Canada.

Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (WISEST)

WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) is a University of Alberta organisation that collaborates with Industry, Government, Academia and a team of over 600 volunteers. We are supported by the University of Alberta and through generous donations from corporations, individuals and the public sector.

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A blog by a full professor in a physical sciences field at a large US research university.

Letters to Our Daughters

Janet D. Stemwedel (whose nom de blog is Dr. Free-Ride) is an associate professor of philosophy at San Jose State University. Before becoming a philosopher, she earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.

Mother of all Scientists

A molecular biologist/geneticist by training, trying to get her bearings as both a postdoc and a mom.

Portraits of Women Scientists

A blog dedicated to the women in science and engineering, past and present.


A blog about the experiences of a woman scientist struggling to balance the demands of academia and family.

Spinning the Plates: Tales from the World of Professor Mom

A blog by a professor of Psychology and Health and Behavioral Scientist at a large US research university.

Under the Microscope is the website of Women Writing Science, a project wchih seeks to celebrate the achievements of women while frankly discussing the challenges they face by publishing a series of books about women in science and providing a social networking site for students, working scientists, teachers, counselors, and parents.


A blog by a Vancouver-based Research Development Facilitator.

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Conferences & Events

Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today (SWEEET)

SETAC conference

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Just for Fun

15 Female Scientists Who Changed the World

International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology

This journal focuses on gender issues in and of science and technology, including engineering, construction and the built environment, and aims to explore the intersections of policy, practice and research.

This site combines rich narrative biography with clear graphic explanation to describe Canada’s greatest scientists and their achievements. The site is visited by thousands of students from across Canada every day, often as part of their provincial school curriculum.

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