ABOUT

Mission Statement

Advocacy for professional excellence and career growth , while maintaining fair representation of Women as a minority group within Industry.

Motivation

Industry surveys show that the number of women geoscientists drop as their careers progress. Women rarely advance into management or senior technical roles in any size company. We know that this is not due to a lack of expertise or ambition in women but rather is a reflection of (often unconscious) bias within an Industry that has historically been built around men. If we get together, support each other and share knowledge and strategies perhaps this could change.

Diversity and Inclusion

GeoWomen’s mandate is primarily to remove barriers to women in the geosciences and balance gender inequities in the workforce. We stand in solidarity with other marginalized groups within our industry, and promote diversity and inclusivity. We recognize that those who suffer the most from systemic bias are at the intersection of racial and gender discrimination, and that we need to do more to support these groups.

The GeoWomen community knows that there are many men in our industry who demonstrate by their actions and words a collaborative approach that builds bridges and assists in finding solutions to support diversity and inclusivity. The societal roles of women AND men have been changing and many of the traditional “women’s issues” on which we focus are actually not specific to women at all. We appreciate allies and know that if we are to make meaningful progress towards a fair workplace we need male colleagues to amplify our message and join us in educating the rest of the industry on the benefits of non-traditional career paths and diverse voices.

GeoWomen is an inclusive community which maintains high standards of professional excellence. We welcome members of all ethnicities, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages and those with physical disabilities. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend GeoWomen events and join our committees.

What we do

GeoWomen supports the three founding pillars of our affiliate organization AWSN (Alberta Women in Science Network): Recruitment, Retention and Recognition.

Recruitment:
  • GeoWomen partners with the CSEG-f’s Mentorship program to help new grads and early career professionals launch their career
Retention
  • Organize monthly lunch hour Speaker Series with a focus on issues of particular interest to women’s career development: leadership, mentoring, industry trends and self development.
  • Communicate the realities of the journey through early career, family choices, re-engagement, mid-career, maturing a family & retirement.
  • Meet to network and share stories and strategies for navigating a career in geoscience.
Recognition:

GeoWomen Recognition Subcommittee: The intention of the new subcommittee is to amplify the achievements of women in the geosciences by supporting awards nominations, balancing gender equity on technical awards committees and sourcing and supporting women who are publishing their research or giving technical presentations. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with this committee, please reach out to geowomenyyc@gmail.com if you would like to get involved.

Who would benefit

GeoWomen provides a space for women in geoscience, whose level of experience varies from new graduate to retiring at the top of their career, to meet and share experiences. Everyone is welcome!

Current Organizational Team

How to contact us

We welcome all questions, comments and feedback. Please send us an email at geowomenyyc@gmail.com or reach out on our LinkedIn Group.