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How to help students who have reduced opportunity for skill development

We want to have a conversation about privilege in each industry and how we address the lack of it in certain communities. It is important to reflect on what social mechanism has directed us on our own path, and how many others miss out. Discussion and awareness allows us to take a step forward, but…

The Ecosystem of the Healthcare Industry

The COVID-19 breakout has caused anxiety and fear, but also has highlighted essential services that each community requires to carry on. Healthcare branches off in different directions, with some areas being well-represented by women (like nursing), but the media attention is also highlighting every integral part of an ecosystem that cares for us in a time…

Will your employees work from home? 3 quick tips to get started.

As Canadian real estate prices rise, young people move further away from urban cores, taking their talent with them. After exploring the potential of working from home, they have learned how to use the technology to continue using their highly desired skills while achieving a better work-life balance. These young people give many businesses an ultimatum:…

5 Tips to Make Your Shop Floor More Inclusive

If you struggle to recruit women or other under-represented groups to your company, it might be time to take a new approach. To change the representation on your shop floor, you don’t need to change the qualifications that are required…what has to change is the lens that you look through for recruitment and assessment. Consider…

Male construction professional shares what he’s learned about gender diversity

On April 2, 2019, EllisDon Project Manager Ashley Maxwell, MEng was a featured speaker at Build a Dream Kitchener-Waterloo. We strongly believe that closing the gender gap in all industries requires men and women at the table and we asked Ashley if we could share his insight on our blog. His speech from the evening is…

Science takes many talents & you might already have those skills

  Newsy’s great interview with astrophysicist Michelle Larson talks “beauty of science” and how many girls think they might not have the skills needed to be a scientist. Larson is the president and CEO of Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and is asked if we will ever reach gender parity in science. You can watch the…

Future materials engineer shares real stories

As society begins to change their perceptions of gender, and the roles individuals take in the workplace changes, sexism has been decreasing. However, there are still biases that individuals carry in male-dominated careers. I have done co-op placements at automotive shops and am now a student in materials engineering and have occasionally been met with…

Problem-solving and STEM support outside of school

According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, an estimated 2.4 million STEM jobs are unfilled in 2018. With high earning potential and a solid demand, careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are an important avenue to explore. Here are five ways you can help encourage your child to participate in activities that support…

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