According to Engineers Canada, women are still underrepresented in the workplace. In 2022, only 48% of entry level corporate roles are women. This number drops significantly in engineering professions, where only 20% of newly licensed engineers in Canada identify as women.
As part of BCIT’s mission in building an inclusive future, the Institute is proud to launch its annual Women in Engineering (WiE) campaign in the month of March. In collaboration with the BCIT School of Construction and the Environment, School of Energy, and School of Transportation, the WiE campaign coincides with National Engineering Month and International Women’s Day in March and is designed to encourage a supportive environment for women in engineering. This year’s WiE campaign returns with a panel discussion, as well as the addition of two new entrance awards.
Inspirational journeys of women in engineering
The Women in Engineering campaign features BCIT’s notable alumnae and students as they share their inspirational journeys in the engineering profession. This campaign leans into the wide variety of Engineering programs offered at BCIT, and how these programs equip learners with the tools they need to re-imagine Canada’s most prominent industries.
This year, BCIT will be hosting an in-person Engineering panel discussion on March 29 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm PDT at Town Square A, BCIT Burnaby Campus. Panelists include:
- Alyssa Hermann, P.Eng., M.Eng, Project Engineer, Binnie
- Ana Cross, Marine Engineering Cadet, BC Ferries
- Jessica Wilson, Assistant Instructor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, BCIT
- Karen Kan, EIT, Associate Design Engineering Specialist, Fluor
- Megan Gent, EIT, Mining Engineer in Training, Victoria Gold Corp
As well, Krizia Marban, Project Manager, McElhanney, will join the event as a guest speaker.
The Engineering Panel Event and Info Session will speak about the highlights and challenges of their rewarding careers and will impart their advice on how to leverage BCIT’s hands-on learning and industry connections to excel in the field.
Can’t attend? Be sure to check our Information Sessions page regularly to view upcoming events.
Entrance Awards to support Engineering students
BCIT offers a large variety of awards and bursaries for students. In further supporting women in engineering, generous donors have contributed to create two new Entrance Awards for women in engineering programs at BCIT. For more information on all awards and bursaries available to students, please visit BCIT Entrance Awards.
Are you ready to be the next engineering trailblazer? Sign-up to attend the BCIT Engineering Panel event on March 29, 5:00pm to 6:30pm PDT.
(Photo caption for feature image: BCIT Marine Engineering student Ana Cross is in one of the most in-demand professions in Canada. Marine engineers are trained in the efficient operation and maintenance of mechanical systems found in all oceangoing ships.)