Overview of Overall Consortium
Under the Partners For Change program "funded by the Ontario Women's Directorate of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration", a Science and Technology Consortium has been formed by five member groups. Their common goal is to raise awareness of opportunities for careers in areas in which women have traditionally not been highly represented and to increase participation of young women in math, science and technology training and careers.
The members have substantial experience, knowledge and reputation in supporting girls and women in science and technology.
The NSERC/HP Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Ontario Region) holds a five year appointment funded by the federal government and the private sector. Professor Valerie Davidson, School of Engineering at the University of Guelph, has many years experience and is in a unique position to influence the climate for women in science and technology.
Actua is a national charitable organization. Incorporated in 1993, Actua's mandate is to increase the scientific and technical literacy of young Canadians.
Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (CCWEST) has affiliations with sector groups and their members can provide a strong voice and expertise in advancing the collaboration.
Discover Engineering was launched in 1991 as a summer camp, and has since expanded to include workshops in Toronto area high schools. This program, based at and staffed by Ryerson University, has had much success across the GTA.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Sudbury is an organization of professional engineers and scientists. Its members have been active in Sudbury since 1988. They volunteer as role models, advise as educators and about the content of activities related to the fields of Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology. WISE Sudbury and District of Sudbury Manitoulin Training and Adjustment Board have formed a joint venture to participate in the Consortium.
This two-year grant of $200,000 will be used to develop and deliver innovative programs to raise awareness about the exciting careers offered in science, engineering, trades and technology. The outreach will focus on female students at primary and secondary schools in northern and rural areas of Ontario, as well as girls from Aboriginal or French communities. The purpose of the Consortium is to use resources effectively, avoid duplication and, most importantly, to add value to individual programs through contributions from other Consortium members and broader dissemination. As the Consortium links organizations from southern, central and northern Ontario, it will also enable valuable experiential and knowledge transfer across the member groups.