150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM: Week 18 Wrap Up

By Jennifer Smith Gray on June 18, 2017 under CanWomenSTEM150

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math — we have all of the STEM disciplines covered this week in the 150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM social media campaign. We showcased a leading researcher and physician, an engineer and senior telecommunications executive, a math educator, an environmental scientist, and two technology leaders. Once again, we are proud to bring attention to inspiring Canadian women in a wide variety of STEM fields. If you missed any of their profiles, you can catch up here:

  • Dr. Gabrielle Horne, Clinical scholar award winning cardiology researcher

  • Opal Kelly, Senior IT Auditor at TD Bank

  • Cheryl Chan, restoration ecology specialist and Master of Environmental Studies student at the University of Waterloo

  • Natalija Pavic, enterprise technology sales professional

  • Vanessa Vakharia, math educator dedicated to breaking down gendered stereotypes in STEM education

  • Borika Vucinic, Vice-President at Bell Network, overseeing engineering support and operations and project engineering and network support teams


Get your tickets today for the Canadian Women in STEM Conference
on 
October 14th!

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150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM: Week 17 Wrap Up

By Jennifer Smith Gray on June 11, 2017 under CanWomenSTEM150

For the past 17 weeks, we have been learning a lot about women in STEM. The 150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM social media campaign has introduced us to wide variety of women from all over Canada. We have learned about these women’s career paths, and how important the idea of gender equality in science, technology, math, and engineering fields is to them. We have learned about the diverse paths that each one has taken to get where they are now, and what they do to help inspire other women and girls. It has been fascinating to see the profiles and watch the database of female role models grow each week.

One other thing that we have learned is that these women are generous with their time, but they are also very busy. As a result, we have moved the date of the wrap-up event, the Canadian Women in STEM Conference. The original date of July 15th, set to coincide with when the social media campaign wraps up, is in the heart of our all-too-short summer and not ideal for many attendees. The new fall date, should enable more professionals and students to attend and we are excited about how plans are continuing to take shape.

In the meantime, you can read some more profiles of inspiring Canadian women in STEM fields. Here are the six that were featured this week:


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on 
July 15th October 14th!

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 to read unique and inspiring stories of Canada’s females who are having an impact in STEM.

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150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM: Week 16 Wrap Up

By Jennifer Smith Gray on June 4, 2017 under CanWomenSTEM150

There continues to be a gender gap in STEM fields in Canada.

To try to change this, we can tell girls and young women that they are equal to boys and men and that they can do all the same things that boys and men can do. We can tell them that they can have careers and make an impact in STEM fields. We can point them, even nudge them, towards science, technology, engineering, and math education.

But our words might not be enough. These girls and young women need to see the link between themselves and STEM fields. They need to be able to envision themselves there. Gender-based stereotypes are reinforced for them unless they actually see something different. They need to be able to identify with the work being done in STEM fields and connect it to their own lives.

At hEr VOLUTION, we believe strongly in the notion that these girls need role models. According to Webster’s dictionary, a role model is “a person whose behaviour in a particular role is imitated by others.”  hEr VOLUTION strives to connect the next generation of women in STEM with role models in STEM careers — women whose behaviour these girls can imitate in order achieve their own success. Through these role models, the girls and young women receive mentoring, guidance, inspiration, and connections to the industries. They see in action the words that they hear — that there is a place for them in STEM fields.

The 150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM #CanWomenSTEM150 social media campaign is all about role models. Week after week, we strive to bring attention to the stories of some Canadian women role models in a wide variety of STEM fields.

On July 15th, we’re offering the opportunity for girls and young women to meet with some of these role models, to mingle, to gather advice for success, and to be inspired to reach for their own dreams. Consider donating the registration cost for a student to attend the Canadian Women in STEM Conference. That student might meet or hear directly from from the role model who will inspire her to take big steps forward in STEM.

If you missed the six role models who we introduced this week, you can read their profiles now:


Get your tickets today for the Canadian Women in STEM Conference on July 15th!

Between now and July 15, follow hEr VOLUTION’s 150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter
 to read unique and inspiring stories of Canada’s females who are having an impact in STEM.

Re-post and share and forward!

 Learn more about 150 Days of  Canadian Women in Stem.

Visit the blog for a wrap up of the featured stories each week. 

Use hashtag #CanWomenSTEM150 to help us spread the share these women’s stories.