Women of InnovationWomen of Innovation recounts the stories of 20 inspiring and innovative women engineers in Canada
Women of Innovation recounts the stories of 20 inspiring and innovative women engineers in Canada
By Anne Millar and Mary Wells
September 14, 2017
From left to right starting from the top: Stephanie Willerth, Jill Green, Amanda Kalhous, Elizabeth Canon, Elizabeth Croft, Catherine Harwood, Genanne Beck, Monique Frize, Valerie Orsat, Izabela Witkowska, Margaret Kuzyk, Claire Deschenes, Jennifer Smith, Ying Zheng, Goldie Nejat, Denise Pothier, Colleen Legzdins, Jeanette Southwood, Catherine Mulligan, and Carolyn Ren. Courtesy of Women of Innovation.
In Canada, as in other countries, women remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, despite the substantial growth of women's participation in other professions. One of the main challenges identified by studies on the recruitment and retention of women in STEM is a lack of female role models. Anne Millar and Mary Wells, respectively a postdoctoral fellow and a professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, wrote Women of Innovation with the aim of helping to correct this issue by collecting and disseminating the stories of 20 inspiring and innovative women engineers in Canada.
You can read excerpts from each woman's story here as they are posted over the coming months, and if you would like to see more from Women of Innovation, you can purchase the book here.
Master of many trades Carolyn Ren is an expert in multiple engineering fields, an award-winning researcher and has co-founded two corporations
Claire Deschênes thrives in uncharted waters Deschênes is a world-renowned expert in fluid mechanics despite having been the only woman in her class and the first female professor in the engineering department at Université Laval