My Name is Marg Latham and I am the Chair of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology or WinSETT Centre as we are commonly known.
I became Chair of WinSETT in May 2019 when our founding Chair, Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, Associate Dean of Diversity at the University of Alberta lost her battle with cancer. Margaret-Ann, a renowned chemist, was considered Canada’s premier ambassador for women in science. In 2003, Maclean’s Magazine named her one of Ten Canadians Making a Difference. Her loss to WinSETT is immeasurable. WinSETT's commitment to her legacy lives on.
I ask for your help to continue WinSETT's important work.
Your support will help us:
* Transition our Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (SETT) Leadership workshops for online delivery
* Deliver our Women in SETT Leadership Program in the new normal
* Redevelop our website
"If we do not include as many women as we can in the pool of expertise that is going to be available, then society will suffer." Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, Chair, WinSETT Centre 2010-2019
Women remain underrepresented in traditionally male-dominated SETT fields. Many, who at first choose these careers, find workplace cultures that do not support them. Creating a positive environment where women can thrive maximizes Canada’s human resource potential, increases innovation, and drives productivity. Since launching in 2010, WinSETT Centre has worked tirelessly to create and foster opportunities to encourage women to enter, stay, grow and lead at all levels in SETT.
Like other leaders, we are learning how to lead an organization trying to survive the pandemic. Our sources of revenue (face-to-face, facilitated workshops and sponsors) have dried up for now with no sense of when they will resume. The new normal may mean fewer participants in larger spaces with no change in our tuition kept low for early career women. Although WinSETT may not have a role to play during the pandemic, we believe we offer services that will be much needed in the recovery. We need your help!
Given that, WinSETT Centre has launched this GoFundMe Campaign to raise funds to see us through Covid-19 and build for the new normal. We do not meet criteria for pandemic-response funding.
"When I was in elementary school, I remember going on a field trip to the local fire department. I don’t remember how old I was, but I vividly remember my thoughts. I looked at that shiny pole in the fire hall and thought “I want to come down that pole someday”. Another thought quickly followed. “But I can’t; I’m a girl.” It was the 1950s and women weren’t fire fighters or firemen, as they were called then. I was a product of my time and already seeing limitations in what I could become.
In the mid 1970s, as a young engineer, I was a construction superintendent for large projects in Toronto. I was the only woman working on a construction site in the City. It was isolating at times and I saw the need for more women and understood the hurdles and discouragement.
By the mid-1980s, a few more women were coming into construction. On one occasion, I organized four of us to go to an elementary school career day. We came in wearing work boots and placed our hard hats on the floor to get ready to speak. A girl sitting on the floor in front of me, started to play with my hard hat. I said to her that one day she could wear one of those hats and she said “I can’t, I’m a girl”.
Who are we?
WinSETT Centre is an action‐oriented, Canadian non‐profit organization.
Our Vision is a world where women participate fully in science, engineering, trades and technology.
Our Mission: Through collaboration and partnership, the WinSETT Centre creates and fosters opportunities that encourage women to enter, stay, grow and lead in science, engineering, trades and technology careers.
What do we do?
Position Women for Success by giving them the tools and training they need to thrive and lead at all levels in their SETT workplaces. Our Women in SETT Leadership Program has been delivered to over 4,000 women in major centres coast to coast in Canada.
“I highly recommend the WinSETT Leadership Program workshops, both for women in SETT fields as well as their employers. The workshops are well organized and led by knowledgeable and engaging facilitators and the information presented is current and effective.”
Recent WinSETT Workshop Participant
Women in SETT Leadership Workshop
Influence and improve workplace culture by working on projects with industry and university partners to create more respectful and inclusive SETT workplaces.
“ Working with this project has provided a catalyst for the direction we need to go in” – Industry partner representative
Act as a national hub for information and research about women in SETT.
WinSETT celebrates women in science, engineering, trades and technology to ensure that girls and young women see role models and never again say, “I can’t, I’m a girl.”
- Courtney Brown
- Melanie Popp
- Linda Madden
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