This is your community. The GeoWomen committee is here to support diversity and inclusivity in the geosciences. Whether you want to start a consultancy, submit a technical paper for publication, present at a conference or just grow your career, GeoWomen is a network of talented professionals who will endeavor to connect you with individuals who can provide advice. Don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From our Speakers
When available we will share the slidedecks from our Speaker Series Events here:
MNP Self-Employment Program
The MNP Self-Employment Program provides unemployed or underemployed individuals with the opportunity and resources to start their own business, and it is of no cost. Participants will take part in thirty-plus in-class business training sessions provided by industry experts. MNP’s professional business training equips individuals with required business management information to start and operate their own business. Valuable management training includes the following key areas, Business Planning, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Sales Strategies, Raising Capital, Bookkeeping, Legal and Taxation. Participants will develop a strategic business plan and receive one-on-one business plan assistance. Networking opportunities and consulting support from MNP professionals are also provided. As an extension of the mainstream Self-Employment Program, MNP’s online LIFT Self-Employment Program (Live Instructor Facilitated Training) provides individuals in surrounding Southern Alberta rural communities with the options, opportunities, and resources to start their own business online; e-synchronous training.
“Leaning in and Pursuing New Opportunities” ~Shelley Leggitt
Are you a STEM employer in Canada? Are you committed to creating a safe workplace? Are you interested in free tailored support? WomanACT is working with STEM employers to improve the prevention and response to sexual harassment in the workplace. This includes free training, coaching and support.
WomenACT has partnered with the SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology) to create Safe STEM Workplaces by providing tailored support and training to companies within the STEM fields.
AWSN’s goals are to provide science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields a higher profile in society as a career of choice and to provide people with an equal opportunity to succeed through visibility, networking, mentoring, and programs designed to fulfill these goals.
To support the above, AWSN has three pillars of activities and programming:
- Recruitment: AWSN exposes youth to STEM careers through programs such as Operation Minerva (Grade 8/9 girls job-shadowing) Power to Choose aboriginal youth grade 7-12 (girls and boys) and affiliate programs such as the WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) programs.
- Retention: AWSN supports retention and advancement of women and other under-represented groups through programs such as the MentorUP Alberta Network, WWIN (Women’s Workplace Improvement Network) and affiliate programs such as the BESTT (Bridge for Engineering, Science and Technology Talent) program.
- Recognition: AWSN recognizes leadership in mentors through mentoring awards and scholarships. We are honored and proud to share the experiences of our mentors and scholars through their stories.
Since its inception in 1927, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) has been a member-based association dedicated to supporting geoscientists professional development throughout their career.
The primary mission of the Society is to advance the professions of the energy geosciences – as it applies to geology; foster the scientific, technical learning and professional development of its members; and promote the awareness of the profession to industry and the public
CSPG members, whether they be students or professionals, have access to technical expertise and training through a variety of publications, courses, field trips, technical talks, and conferences. CSPG’s educational offerings are all eligible for CPD hours and both formal and informal activity is tracked through your CSPG membership.
In addition to fostering technical learning, the CSPG provides opportunities for geoscientists to network and connect with their peers in industry. Throughout its history CSPG has always been proud to promote geoscience in Canada as it relates to energy development and help build a sense of community for all energy geoscientists. For more information visit www.cspg.org.
From the AAPGWN site:
The AAPG Women’s Network was previously known as PROWESS.
The AAPG Women’s Network (AAPGWN) is a special interest group made up of men and women who are dedicated to promoting the technical and professional prowess of AAPG’s women members.
Current activities include hosting networking events and short courses at ACE and ICE conferences, nominating women for AAPG awards, partnering with sister organizations, creating media materials to highlight the careers of women geoscientists and more.
In 2018, APEGA was awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant from the Federal department of Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) to investigate the barriers that women face in the engineering and geoscience workplace. Download the full report Women in the Workplace: A Shift in Industry Culture or the highlights report.
APEGA created the Women in APEGA Advisory Group in 2011 with the intention of increasing the representation of women in the engineering and geoscience professions.
In 2015, a document created by Women in APEGA was adopted and used to develop the national document Managing Transitions: Before, During and After Leave, which is jointly published and managed by Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada. It provides extensive checklists and outlines steps that individuals, supervisors, and companies can take to smoothly off- and on-ramp employees taking a leave of absence.
APEGA has a number of initiatives for equity, diversity and inclusion including their 30 by 30 goal to increase the representation of women in the profession by 30 per cent by 2030 and the Women in APEGA Advisory Group. If you are interested in contributing to these or other related initiatives, more information is available on APEGA’s website at www.apega.ca/members/equity-diversity-inclusion
For young women, by young women, YWE was founded to champion the interests of young women working in energy.YWE aims to address the recognized need to increase female presence, development and leadership in the energy industry. We are building an authentic community where members join because they are genuinely interested in connecting with and learning from peers.
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is an organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. They provide unique programs and services to women in business through mentoring, advising, financing and skills and network development.
“A Space of their Own? A feminist exploration of gendered spatial relations in Professional Women’s Organizations in Alberta’s Resource Sector” ~Master’s thesis by Alicia Bjarnason (2018)
Ms. Bjarnason investigates the “social relations and power structures involved within the work environment that categorized where women’s groups are created, why they are created, and the strategies used in addressing gender disparities and inequality.”
“Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men” ~By Caroline Criado Perez, Anna Sak ~Translator (2019)
From Goodreads: “Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.”
“Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family” ~ By Anne-Marie Slaughter (2015)
From Goodreads: “Now, in her refreshing and forthright voice, Anne-Marie Slaughter returns with her vision of what true equality between men and women really means and how we can get there. Slaughter takes a hard look at our reflexive beliefs—the “half-truths” we tell ourselves that are holding women back. Then she reveals the missing piece of the puzzle, a new focus that can reunite the women’s movement and provide a common banner under which both men and women can advance and thrive.”
“Alberta Women in the Field, Geoscientists in the Resource Industry, Government Research, and Academia, 1914-1999” ~By Cynthia Nelles O’Donnell (2000)
“The interview-based study shows that while career opportunities for women in the booming Alberta resource industry are very positive, social attitudes are the slowest part of the job equation to change. While women are gaining senior technical and management positions, lingering social stereotypes and outdated exclusionary practices continue to exist, and women continue to have to work to overcome them. Despite these challenges, a majority of women geoscientists interviewed in the study are experiencing or have experienced fulfilling and financially rewarding careers.”
“The Women’s Energy Council is an informal networking group focused on education, and enhancing women’s careers by sharing experiences and lessons learned. We bring you this podcast series which focuses on lessons and advice on transformational leadership by some of the most senior energy executives globally. “
Alicia and Marcie explore topics such as “EDI in times of crisis” to women’s career paths looking more like “Junlge Gyms” than ladders. Follow along.