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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

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


November 2013

Message From the President



How many of you have had really amazing managers who were actually less of a boss and more of a mentor? I can recall a few but one such memorable manager used to give me a lot of great advice on my career and helped me see the world a little bit differently. She used to always tell me that even though she and I decided to not go for traditional careers or careers where one would be given a title such a doctor, lawyer and engineer, there is always potential to make such as big an impact.

I personally don’t believe one career path is better than the other. We all have different skills and interests and it’s really about what suits each one of us. Regardless of what path we choose, we should commit to constant learning and change. I, for example, didn’t pursue a regular career path. I used to think Dentistry was a great field but it didn’t work out for me, and it was probably…

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From the Blog

SCWIST presents Debbe Gervin Memorial Entrance Award

On October 4, SCWIST had the honor of presenting the Debbe Gervin Memorial Entrance Award at BCIT’s Entrance Awards Ceremony.

The Debbe Gervin Memorial Entrance Award is an endowment established in 2001 by family, friends and the Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology (SCWIST), with matching funds from the Province of BC, in loving memory of Debbe Gervin, a BCIT faculty member in the School of Computing from 1986 to 1999.

Debbe was known for her spontaneity, sense of fun, her ability to instill enthusiasm in her students and for her strong support of women pursuing non-traditional, scientific and technical careers. Her untimely death from cancer in 1999 was a loss not only for family and friends, but also for BCIT faculty and students.… read more

SCWIST Commits to Creating a Better Future through Science

SCWIST is pleased to announce that it has signed on as partner of the Science Charter for British Columbia.

The purpose of the Charter is to foster coherence and collaboration amongst organizations involved in science promotion in British Columbia by defining common understandings and purposes. … read more

“My email thinks I’m a man” – a study on women’s progress

A Long-time SCWIST member and volunteer, Jaya Viswanathan, recently undertook a study evaluating women’s progress in the workplace and where we stand today. Click here to read her article in INK – Ideas, Numbers and Knowledge, a Graduate Student Journal for Interdisciplinary Dialogue, published by the Graduate Student Association of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia…… read more

VOLUNTEER with MS Infinity & Make a Difference

Are you looking for a fun volunteer opportunity where you can pass on your passion for science to the next generation of women?

ms infinity is currently accepting applications for new volunteers

We have an immediate need for eMentors and Role Models. eMentors volunteer for 8-9 weeks twice a year, for about an hour/week – all over email … read more

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Upcoming Events


SCWIST Brown Bag Series

“Bring Your Idea to Market!”

Do you have an idea or concept with potential commercial value? Not sure what to do with it or who to contact? Come and join with us in an exciting Brownbag session to have some ideas about bringing your idea to market…

  • When: Nov 27th, at 12pm
  • Where: UBC Point Grey Campus, Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre (Room 225)

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For upcoming meetings in this series please check the SCWIST events calendar.

Back to Nature – Owl Show

Join fellow SCWIST members, friends and families on a trip to the wild side! Check out the

posters for more details.

  • When: Dec 1st, at 1pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park

Let us know if you’re coming by sending an email to
[email protected] We’ll let you know if carpooling is available.

Find out more information here

Community Events

Screening of the Miss Representation documentary

Miss Representation debuted in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival where it caught the eye of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network… read more

  • When: Dec 10th, at 6:30pm
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre
  • Cost: $15 per ticket

Purchase Tickets here.

SCWIST Past Events

SCWIST Brown Bag Series

“Stresss Bring it On!”

After a bright sunny summer, fall is finally here! So are the monthly Brownbag sessions! On October 2nd, 2013; we had our first Brownbag session of the fall season. This time we had a fun interactive workshop on stress management and mindfulness… read more.

For upcoming meetings in this series please check the SCWIST events calendar.

SCWIST Meetup – Get Back to Nature Mushroom Show

Enthusiasts from the mycological society of Vancouver put up an exhibition of their haul at the Richmond nature park and SCWIST members were there to check it out during a meet-up event…. read more.

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