Our Partners
Our Partners

We’re excited to announce that the National Network of NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering has officially launched a website! If you’re looking for more information on the Network or any of the individual Chair programs, this is the place to go. You’ll also find resources created by the Network or Chair programs, upcoming events, important announcements etc.

You can visit the new site at: https://stem-inclusion-stim.ca/

The WWEST Chair acknowledges the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, UBC Okanagan Vice President Research, Faculty of Health and Social Development, Women Consulting Engineers (WCE) and Westmar Advisors Inc.

Women Consulting Engineers
Westmar Advisors

With the In-Kind and cash contributions of her academic and industry partners, Dr. Jakobi’s program will extend into new regions of BC, and will excite and empower young Canadians to engage in academic programs and careers in science and engineering.

The goals of WWEST 2021-2026 are to generate:

  • a new generation of girls who are aware, engaged and excited to make informed choices about STEM education and careers;
  • a mentoring network to support girls and women transitioning between secondary, post-secondary and careers in STEM; and
  • enhanced knowledge and conviction of the value of equity, diversity and inclusion to increase the number of underrepresented persons thriving in STEM education and careers.

In-school education programs that align with BC Curriculum are within WWEST. For youth after-school and summer/holiday programs see iSTAND initiatives page.



Integrative STEM Team Advancing Networks of Diversity

Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Jakobi, the integrative STEM Team Advancing Networks of Diversity (iSTAND) creates a network to recruit, support and increase underrepresented persons in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Various youth programs are offered in-schools and at UBCO throughout the year for youth of elementary and secondary school ages.
Find out more on their website.

WWEST is one of the five Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) across Canada, and a member of the CWSE Network. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Program (CWSE) was launched in 1996. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of women in science and engineering and to provide role models for women active in, and considering, careers in these fields.

Each of the five Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) program is regional, with one Chair for each of the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie and British Columbia/Yukonregions (WWEST).


Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal

WISEatlantic aims to shift gendered STEM stereotypes. We empower girls to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based careers by raising their awareness of the diversity of jobs within these fields.


Dr. Eve Langelier

The Quebec program has three main components: providing the opportunity for girls to make objective choices about science and engineering, providing tools for women who have chosen science and engineering, and sensitizing decision-makers to the issues that these women face.


Dr. Shohini Ghose

Launched in 2012, the Laurier Centre for Women in Science (WinS) is proud to champion women in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). We are building an inclusive scientific community through research, action and communication.


Dr. Laleh Behjat

WISE Planet strives to create a diverse, inclusive, equitable and just society by training women and other underrepresented groups in STEM to be change leaders equipped to address the major, shared challenges our societies face.