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About ONWiE

The Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) was formed in February 2005 as part of the vision of the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering held by Prof. Valerie Davidson at the University of Guelph. It is a network of 16 schools of engineering from across Ontario, and throughout Canada that collectively share resources to encourage young girls across the country to pursue careers in engineering, as well as support current female engineers and students. 

Some successful ONWiE initiatives include: 

  • Go Eng Girl / GÉNiales, les filles programs at 16 locations across Ontario
  • Girl Guide Badge Days
  • Go CODE Girl programs 
  • Collaboration on the new Engendering Success in STEM (ESS) SSHRC Research Grant (2017 - 2024) , on which ONWiE is a partner 
  • Collection and dissemination of statistics around participation rates in science / math courses in Ontario High Schools, and application rates to engineering programs across Ontario 

Our Current Chair 

Dr Kim Jones, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Chemical Engineering at McMaster University has been chosen as the new Chair for ONWiE from July 2018 - June 2023. Jones is a seasoned diversity champion. She served as a McMaster Engineering Faculty Leadership Fellow from 2016 to 2017 with a focus on improving diversity. As a Fellow, Jones introduced a writing group for female faculty members, secured parking for those who are pregnant or on parental leave, worked to better understand the needs of underrepresented groups, supported women in engineering student groups and organized workshops for female faculty members. Dr. Jones is also the chair of the McMaster Women in Engineering Committee, a committee that supports female faculty members. 

For more information on Dr. Kim Jones, please visit here.