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Welcome to the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) website!

I am a faculty member with the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Waterloo and I feel privileged to have been chosen as the ONWiE chair in July 2013 for a five-year term.

Here is what you can find out and do on this site:

»  Learn about outreach programs we run
»  Find out what engineering is and what engineers do in their careers
»  Explore engineering programs you can study in Ontario
»  Meet engineering ambassadors who can help answer your questions
»  See statistics about women in engineering in Ontario and Canada
»  Discover more about ONWiE and what we do

We need more women in engineering to identify and solve tomorrow's engineering challenges and hope that this website will be inspiring and informative for you.

Mary Wells
Chair - ONWiE

News and Upcoming Events

Our very own Chair Mary Wells was on TVO last evening

@theagenda by @spaikin, where she talked about

The Changing Face of Engineering




Go ENG Girl is coming in October this year,  in 29 locations now across Canada!

More details are available!



Yet another award for Mary!

The 2017 Engineers Canada award for Support of Women in Engineering

more details here


 She was also named as the Local Hero of the week on CTV 


Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) wins the NSERC award
for Science Promotion

We are pleased to share the exciting news that Mary Wells, P.Eng., Chair of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE), and Valerie Davidson, P.Eng., founder of ONWiE – accepted a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Award for Science Promotion in Ottawa on behalf of ONWiE.

The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion afford “Canada’s science community the opportunity to recognize, support and encourage the work of outstanding science promoters.” Every year, the NSERC honours just one organization from across Canada for its creative efforts to encourage popular interest in science and to inspire all demographics to pursue STEM studies and participate in STEM activities.

Formed in 2005, ONWiE is the embodiment of an innovative collaboration between all the schools and faculties of applied science and engineering across Ontario. ONWiE supports current female engineers, engineering students and engineering graduates, while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering to address the persistent low enrolment of female students in engineering programs. The organization’s overarching goal is to provide opportunities for women and girls across Ontario to explore and excel in the engineering profession.

The NSERC Award thus recognizes twelve years of hard work and dedication on the part of the ONWiE team, including each participating faculty, staff, students and volunteers. The network’s hands-on programs break down misconceptions about engineering and help familiarize girls with potential careers in the various fields of engineering. ONWiE outreach programs like Go ENG Girl, Girl Guide Badge Days and Go CODE Girl help expose youth to the engineering profession and engineering role models. In total, more than 17,000 girls and 7,000 parents across the province have taken part in these programs – with measurable results.

Since ONWiE’s founding, Ontario has seen a 21 per cent increase in the number of female students taking grade 12 physics – a prerequisite for engineering. Meanwhile, the number of young women in Ontario applying to engineering has almost tripled, and they now make up 21 per cent of the province’s undergraduate engineering students.

The NSERC award comes with a $25,000 cheque, giving ONWiE more resources to continue its impressive work.

ONWiE looks forward to continuing to work to remove barriers for anyone in Ontario seeking to pursue a successful career in engineering!




NEW  Check out the course pathways required to study engineering in Ontario.

Video promoting Women in Engineering

We are very excited to share our new ONWiE video which showcases girls impressions of the different professions and some fantastic women engineers.

This video has won a Marcom Platinum award last year in the category of non-profit!







Please contact the Coordinator, Rohini Wittke