Diversity and Inclusion Actions

Human Rights and Diversity

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines establish our expectations for how engineering and geoscience registrants should conduct and educate themselves on issues of human rights and diversity—including considerations around gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, indigenous people, newcomers to Canada, and those with disabilities—and clarifies our expectations that all registrants uphold the principles of fair and equitable treatment of other professionals, clients, employees, and associates.

We are currently working to update to these guidelines to ensure this document reflects our commitment to address issues around racism and discrimination wherever possible within our mandate as a regulator and to reflect the continuous growth mindset needed with respect to understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The guideline update process has included engagement with registrants on this issue, beginning in the fall 2020 with a roundtable to hear from organizations that represent and advocate for diverse groups within the engineering and geoscience communities as well as individuals from equity seeking groups.

Human Rights and Diversity Professional Practice Guidelines

30 By 30

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has endorsed the Engineers Canada 30 By 30 goal. The goal of 30 By 30 is to increase the number of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by the year 2030. The organization’s approach to 30 By 30 includes a council-endorsed strategic plan, guide to action, and champions network.

For more information, please visit the Engineers and Geoscientists BC 30 by 30 page.

Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division

The Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division is open to all registrants who are interested in supporting the connection, attraction, promotion, retention, and advocacy for women in engineering and geoscience. The Division values align with other Engineers and Geoscientists BC initiatives for diversity and inclusion and promote equity, integrity, inclusiveness, and collaboration.

For more information, please visit the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division page.

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 obstacles 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.

Catalyst Supporter

Catalyst Supporters are corporations, firms, associations, academic institutions, and other organizations committed to accelerating progress for women and other equity seeking groups through workplace inclusion.

As a supporter, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is engaged in sharing information with Catalyst and other supporters and is able to leverage the resources and reports developed by Catalyst in the development and delivery of our own programs and actions.

For more information about Catalyst and to access their resources visit Catalyst: Workplaces That Work for Women.

Partnerships

Engineers and Geoscientists BC recognizes the importance of partnerships and collaboration to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion within the professions of engineering and geoscience. Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to supporting organizations and partnerships that are working to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at all stages of the career pipeline, including student outreach, recruitment, retention, and advancement.