hEr VOLUTION Launches First Women In STEM Conference

By Wendy Jacob on April 26, 2017 under CanWomenSTEM150

 

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, hEr VOLUTION will feature 15 high-profile Canadian Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events (located at 20 Toronto Street, Toronto). The speakers will share recommendations on how to close the gender gap in STEM, as well as how to incorporate diversity in schools and the workplace. hEr VOLUTION founder Doina Oncel says “this initiative is about unsung heroes, Canadian women in STEM who motivate and inspire the next generation of young women to follow their path and consider careers in STEM.”

Currently, there is a shortage of girls and newcomer, indigenous and low-income youth interested in STEM subjects. The conference is aimed at students seeking opportunities in STEM, and professionals in the field who support diversity and closing the gender gap for women in STEM. The conference is endorsed by CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance) and CanWIT (Women in Tech)“hEr VOLUTION aligns with CATA’s vision, we are committed to encouraging women to join the technology market and enrol in technology-related STEM studies,” says CATA CEO, John Reid.

To learn more about this conference please visit the hEr VOLUTION event page here http://bit.ly/StemmingUp.

150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM: Week 10 Wrap Up

By Jennifer Smith Gray on April 23, 2017 under CanWomenSTEM150

Science and the Earth have been the recent focus, as the annual Earth Day was celebrated around the world on April 22, and as people in many cities participated in the March for Science that same day.

Earth Day was started in 1970 as an environmental teach-in to draw attention to environmental issues, and that goal continues today. Events around the world showcased environmental issues, promoted advocacy, and demonstrated ways that citizens can take action to protect our Earth. The theme for this year’s celebration was Environmental and Climate Literacy, focusing on education with the belief that “Education is the key to advocacy and advocacy is the key to change.”

In Washington D.C. and many other communities around the world, including several in Canada, in addition to regular Earth Day activities, thousands of people participated in the first March for Science. “The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”

At hEr VOLUTION, we believe that it is crucial that all citizens have access to education about science and other STEM fields. “Knowledge is power” and with more knowledge about climate change and environmental concerns, the more power citizens have to take positive steps. With the 150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM campaign, and the concluding Canadian Women in STEM Conference on July 15, hEr VOLUTION aims to show girls and young women that careers in STEM fields are possible for them, and that they can make a contribution in these areas that are so vital to our future. This week, the social media campaign showcased six women in STEM as great examples of this:

  • Mena Ann Kinal, scientist, researcher, and women’s health advocate
  • Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia (DNS), the industry association for Nova Scotia’s digital technologies sector.
  • Sylvia Fedoruk, physicist, educator, and lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan
  • Jo-Anne Reynolds, entrepreneur who founded SpikeBee, an online marketplace for finding and enrolling in summer camps
  • Krysta Coyle, Ph.D candidate, researcher, and advocate of girls’ and women’s rights
  • Agnes Sime Baxter, pioneering mathematician

 


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.

Nominate an inspiring Canadian woman in STEM to be featured.

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.

Secure early-bird pricing for the Canadian Women in STEM Conference on July 15th!

150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM: Week 9 Wrap Up

By Jennifer Smith Gray on April 16, 2017 under CanWomenSTEM150

When we started the 150 Days of Canadian Women in Stem social media campaign back in February, we did wonder if it may be too ambitious. Profiling six different women each week, from mid-February to mid-July? Would we even be able to come up with enough Canadian women involved in STEM to feature? Would there be any interest? How could we keep it going for so long?

Not one to back down from a challenge, Doina Oncel, founder and Executive Director of hEr VOLUTION, was determined to push forward, believing in the importance of highlighting the achievements of Canadian women. She wanted to showcase these women as examples of the countless ways in which women can have an impact in STEM fields, and, in so doing, encourage more girls and young women in Canada to consider careers in these areas.

Finding women to profile has proven to be interesting rewarding, and easier than expected — Canadian women who are involved in STEM are happy to get involved and share their stories. Many of the women that we’ve featured are already taking on mentoring or advocacy roles for girls and women in STEM, so they are eager to be a part of this project. Thanks to their generous support and contributions, and to eager audiences who view and share the social media posts, we are building up an invaluable library of role models and the campaign is going strong as we wrap up the 9th week!

Here are the six women that were introduced this week:


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.

Nominate an inspiring Canadian woman in STEM to be featured.

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.

Secure early-bird pricing for the wrap-up conference on July 15th.