History

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