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Helping women achieve their full potential in STEM has been the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology’s mission since 1981.

Today, many leaders recognize that diversity is essential for organizations that want to stay relevant, competitive, and innovative. Despite this, barriers remain in place that block women and under-represented groups from fully participating in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sectors. 


The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) recognizes the importance of building inclusive cultures that foster engagement, collaboration, and belonging, and its programs address the need to retain a diverse workforce while supporting members of BIPOC, immigrant, 2SLGBTQI+, and other equity-deserving groups. 

Influencing positive change

To ensure as many women and allies are reached as possible, SCWIST programs and advocacy efforts take place across Canada, both in person and online.

Youth explore STEM concepts, education, and careers through a variety of youth engagement programs that inspire the next generation of innovators. STEM professionals establish meaningful connections via MakePossible, SCWIST’s mentoring community, and benefit from STEM Streams training. STEM companies access tools and resources to build safe, inclusive workplace cultures through the Make DIVERSITY Possible and Supporting Safe STEM Workplaces programs.  

SCWIST’s Job Board connects companies to STEM professionals, while the annual Women in STEM Virtual Career Fair includes keynotes, workshops, resume coaching, and career spotlights. These career pathway resources amplify the reach and impact of SCWIST programs to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion across STEM sectors.

By opening doors for diverse talent previously blocked from participating in STEM, SCWIST is helping Canada’s brightest minds contribute to creating a better world and future for all Canadians. 

To learn more about how SCWIST removes barriers for women and girls in STEM, visit

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