Diversity and Inclusion at Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Human Rights and Diversity

People entering the workforce today come from many different demographic groups. Diverse points of view bring added creativity and innovation, improve decision-making, and create a competitive advantage for business and industry.

Society’s increasing diversity will influence the professions, workplaces, and relationships with associates. Members should seek to understand the viewpoints of others and develop joint ways of dealing with issues.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC recognizes the importance of fostering a workplace environment that welcomes all members of our society and enables them to contribute to their full potential. Engineers and Geoscientists BC encourages its members and licensees to be proactive in improving the workplace environment for all employees, clients and associates, and in addressing issues such as discrimination and harassment.

Human Rights and Diversity Professional Practice Guidelines

Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology

Engineers and Geoscientists BC in partnership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC), has been awarded over $950,000 to drive the recruitment and retention of women in engineering and technology in British Columbia.

The Sector Labour Market Partnership Project is generously funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. This two-year project will identify recruitment, integration and retention initiatives for women in the sector, and partner with organizations, associations, schools and post-secondary institutions across the province in order to establish a coordinated and unified approach.

Aligned with Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 initiative to increase newly registered female engineers to 30% by 2030, Engineers and Geoscientists BC, ASTTBC and ACEC-BC will drive this provincial project over the next two years in each of the seven economic regions in the province.

The funding will address multiple areas identified by the association as a priority to reach our goal of 30 by 30: secondary schools, post-secondary schools, and professionals. The government grant will be used to develop tools for organizations to use that incorporate diversity and inclusive practices in the workplace, hold lunch and learns for employers, and host virtual career fairs for Indigenous Women, Internationally Trained individuals, and persons with diverse abilities. Tools will be accessible online, as well as a resource bank, and sessions will be held across the province over the next two years.

Information and updates regarding the project can be found at Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology.

Any questions on the project or becoming involved can be emailed to [email protected].

Engendering success in stem

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is proud of be a partner of Engendering Success in STEM (ESS).

Engendering Success in STEM (ESS) is a research partnership with the shared goal to foster women’s inclusion and success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We bring together social scientists, STEM experts, and stakeholders in STEM industry and education. The goal is to use an evidence-based approach to break down the biases girls and women face on their pathway to success.

The consortium has designed and tested interventions that harness the power of positive social interactions to reduce the effects of implicit gender bias. These interventions target the obstabcles that are unique to each step along the path from early education to industry, and have been broken down into four projects:

 

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is a proud partner of Project RISE.

Project RISE aims to create positive cultural change for women and men in science and engineering by: (1) educating participants about implicit bias, (2) fostering supportive and respectful interactions between men and women in the organization, and (3) providing them with a clear understanding for how to combat bias. Applying techniques to increase openness and understanding of the consequences of bias, our aims in Project RISE are to highlight women’s often untapped potential, equip women with strategies for coping with social identity threat, and empower men to become effective allies for equality.

For more information on the research, resources and opportunities see Engendering Success in STEM.

Truth and Reconciliation

Since 2017, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been working to address the Calls To Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and identify and implement the Calls that relate to the primary duty of the association. More about the association’s work surrounding the Calls To Action is provided on the Truth and Reconciliation page.

On November 23, 2018, Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council approved a pilot program to address the Commission’s Calls To Action. The pilot program has three components:

  • Establish an Indigenous Engagement Working Group to review initiatives related to the pilot program.
  • Participate in an Indigenous career/community fair to promote engineering/geoscience as a career.
  • Develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event to educate members on Call To Action numbers 57 (Professional Development and Training for Public Servants) and 92 (Business and Reconciliation).

Updates on the pilot program can be found here.