Professional Development Opportunity for STEM Industry Professionals

Event date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 08:00

Workplace Culture and Retention of Diverse Talent

Date:                    Thursday - January 25, 2018

Time:                    8:30 AM – 12:00 PM (registration starts at 8)

Location:             (co)space, 2nd Floor, 202C Strickland Street, Whitehorse.

Instructor:          Dr. Lesley Shannon, P.Eng. is the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Technology (BC/Yukon) and is an engineering science associate professor at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Dr. Shannon received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Brunswick in Electrical Engineering with the Computer Option in 1999. She then completed her Masters of Applied Science and her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2001 and 2006, respectively. She has been the faculty advisor of the Women in Engineering Group at SFU and is currently the faculty advisor of WWEST, SFU's Women in Engineering and Science group.

Cost: Free

Contact: Chelsey Zurkan at [email protected]

Light snacks will be provided.


SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: Workplace Culture and Retention of Diverse Talent

Engineers Canada, in collaboration with the 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators, has committed to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 per cent by the year 2030. Why 30%? This figure is widely accepted as the threshold for self-sustaining change in industry. Women make up more than half of the Canadian population, and 23% of engineering graduates, but make up only 12 per cent of practicing licensed engineers.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualifications are currently in high demand with 70% of top jobs requiring STEM education, and this trend will continue to rise. Raising the number of women in STEM careers helps address concerns of access to a broader talent base, and studies have found that gender balanced teams are more likely to experiment, share knowledge and fulfill tasks, which ultimately can lead to innovation and economic prosperity.

Building on a popular Lunch and Learn event in Whitehorse in June 2017, this workshop will present strategies to improve workplace culture and retention of diverse talent.