Other Initiatives

Fuelling the Future - Retaining and Advancing Women Scientists and Engineers in the Oil and Gas Sector in AB

In this three year project funded by Status of Women Canada (Women’s Program), the WinSETT Centre worked with partners and stakeholders to undertake a needs assessment and develop actions to assist technical women to develop their leadership potential, and employers to implement policies and practices to retain and advance women in their organizations. Networking forums, workshops and special topic presentations were held in Calgary, Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton.

Gender Diversity and Inclusion – WinSETT/WorleyParsons Partnership

The Edmonton office of WorleyParsons is partnering with WinSETT and researchers from the School of Business at the University of Alberta in its multi-year GDI project. WinSETT has delivered Leadership modules to three cohorts of their early-mid career women. In addition, WorleyParsons supported the development of a new Leadership Module. We have also delivered GDI Awareness modules to executives, department heads and mid-level managers, and results of all of the workshop deliveries are informing the research component of the joint initiative.

Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Women – WinSETT/Suncor Partnership

Suncor, through its St. John’s Office has provided support to the WinSETT Centre for several continuing activities:
  • Development of two workshop modules in WinSETT’s Women in SETT Leadership Program
  • Establishment of a WinSETT Leadership Network of workshop participants
  • Production of a summary of Leadership Program delivery outcomes
  • In partnership with WISE NL, production of a prototype of a career information website related to the oil and gas sector in NL

Developing Women’s Leadership in Engineering – WinSETT/APEGA Partnership

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta has been offering regular deliveries of the WinSETT Centre’s Leadership modules as part of their Professional Development series for their female members in their efforts to retain and advance women in the profession. APEGA has been a strong supporter of WinSETT, funding the development of two modules (for aspiring women leaders and for managers), and also as a founding patron of the WinSETT Centre and contributor to our launch in early 2010.

Diversity Awareness and Career Development in the Mining Sector

WinSETT is working with the BC Mining HR Task Force to develop a diversity awareness workshop to deliver to employers in the sector at the CIM Annual Conference May 11, 2014 in Vancouver. We will also be delivering a professional career development workshop for women in SETT in the sector.

Engendering Engineering Success

WinSETT is a partner in a three year interdisciplinary project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The research initiative will take an evidence-based approach to increasing the retention of women in engineering by understanding and changing aspects of workplace culture that place women at a disadvantage.

Welcoming Women into Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology Workplaces: A Checklist of Strategies

WinSETT delivers selected gender diversity services to employers and unions in Canada to increase the recruitment and retention of tradeswomen, with a current focus on the construction, resource and manufacturing sectors. A half-day introductory workshop led by trained facilitators in partnership with local organizations uses Welcoming Women into Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology Workplaces – A Checklist of Strategies to raise awareness and initiate the process of positive change in the SETT workplace.

Improving Workplace Culture

In the spring of 2017, WinSETT Centre received $354,128 from the Government of Canada for a three-year project to challenge gender bias and stereotypes that impede women from entering and advancing in science, engineering, trades and technology fields. The organization will work with industry partners to develop and test strategies to foster respectful and inclusive workplaces.