March 2014 Newsletter

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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

Promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science and technology


March 2014

Message from the President

As a non-profit organization which has been managed mainly by volunteers since its inception in 1981, SCWIST has had a long history of creative and inspiring initiatives which cover many aspects of connecting women in science, technology, and engineering. The month of March represents one of those great initiatives in form of an event called XX Evening or the Double X Event. The event takes place annually at Science World where approximately 30 Wonder Women meet with over 150 young girls and women to provide support, insight, and connections in a fun and encouraging environment. This year’s event took place on March 5 and you can view photos and more on our Facebook page.

March is also a celebration of International Women’s Day. This is our chance to celebrate all aspects of social, political, and economic achievements for women around the world.

I personally like this month as it promises new beginnings and new life as Spring approaches.
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Science Fair Foundation Fun Run

There is still space to run with the SCWIST team on May 25! Sign up for yourself and your whole family. Discount registration available for SCWIST members. Email for more information.

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Scholarship Opportunity

SCWIST is proud to offer a scholarship to a SCWIST member selected to attend the Science Communications 2014 program at the Banff Centre. For more info, visit or email
Application deadline: March 26, 2014.

ms infinity Update

  • Accepting Mentor Volunteers for Spring eMentoring Session – You can be anywhere in Canada as the entire program is done online! Email for more info.
  • “Glo Germ” Workshop at 5th Hyde Creek Brownies, Port Coquitlam read more
  • Annual Big Sisters – Science Day at UBC is coming up! read more

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers interested in public relation, marketing, and partnership policy to join our Strategic Development Committee. Whether you have these skills to offer or would like to enhance them, email

Event Recap

XX Evening

It was my great pleasure to organize XX Evening 2014, an evening of networking and dynamic discussion, for women studying and working in science, engineering, and technology. The event was a great success, with about 189 attendees in total, including SCWIST board members, volunteers, and Wonder Women. This women-only evening connects young science, technology and engineering enthusiasts with mentors in a range of fields and is set to inspire the next generation of female scientist. Panelists Valerie Fraser, Tamsin Lyle, Laurel Schafer, and Kathryn Bray shared their stories of success and challenge in industry, academia, and self-employment, and offered tips for finding a good mentor and managing time efficiently… and also for keeping your balance with yoga, humour and the occasional beer tasting!…read more

Community Outreach

Journalist Working on Immigration Story

A Seattle journalist working on an immigration story is looking for women in the technology sector who have recently immigrated to Vancouver. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact .

SBN: Career Connect: KPMG, March 25, 10 am – 12 pm

Learn about career opportunities for life scientists in finance, consulting and management.
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BioTech Annecto: Inventorship and Ownership, March 25, 6 – 9 pm

This biotech professional networking event features a keynote presentation on intellectual properties by Mark Pidkowich, Barrister and Solicitor. read more

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Upcoming Events

IWIS + CIHR: Café Scientifique – Cancer Prevention: It is not just your genes!


  • Date: April 3, 2014
  • Time: 6 – 8 pm
  • Place: The Wicklow Pub
  • Speakers: Drs. Carolyn Gotay and John Spinelli, Professor, School of Population & Public Health, UBC

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Point Grey Road Shoreline Cleanup

  • Date: April 12, 2014
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Meeting Location: At the bottom of the Balaclava Stairs on the shoreline.

A fun event for the family while helping our community and environment.

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Watch out for…

Watch out for our “Volunteer Appreciation Bruch” coming in the summer!


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