Industry Resources

Why Gender Diversity?

Below you will find some information for how you can support gender diversity in your organization. 

But first, take a look at the documents on the right, as they lay the foundation of the issue and why supporing gender diversity makes business sense.

Hiring Practices

Workplace Culture

Retention and Promotion

WWEST's Gender Diversity in STEM
This book answers the questions "Why women in STEM?" "Why does it matter?" "Aren't we past bias in the workplace?" "What if engineering just isn't interesting to girls?" and "What can I do?" with factual, cited answers and evidence. Each topic is succinct, covered in an at-a-glance visual format. Its chapters are accompanied by commentaries from industry leaders and academic experts, selected to provide additional perspectives on the issue of gender diversity in STEM. Topics include: Microaggressions, The Business Case for Gender Diversity, Unconscious Bias, Stereotpye Threat, Social Idenity in the Workplace, Understanding Workplace Diversity for Managers, Gendered Language and Stereotype Awareness for Hiring Committees, Mentoring Works, What is Engineering?, and Why STEM? Information for Parents & Guardians.

Business in the Community: Fact Sheets
An extensive collection of fact sheets on everything from preventing workplace sexual harassment to the benefits of shared parental leave.

CGGGA Director's Playbook
There is strong evidence that organizations with gender diverse boards and senior leadership are more likely than their counterparts to yield stronger financial results in the long term, and to enjoy a more positive and empowering organizational culture. While diversity entails several facets, the focus of this Playbook is on practical steps to move towards greater gender balance.

COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea)
COMPASS was founded to support marine scientists (and today, all environmental scientists) in their efforts to communicate. Their mission is to help scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. Their organization provides practical support for scientists to engage without compromising the accuracy of their science. Their focus has also expanded from ocean science to environmental science broadly. They provide science communications training, coaching, networking, and the "Message Box," which is a tool to help you sift through the mountain of information you hold in your head about your work and identify the "essential nuggets" for your chosen audience.

Ellevate: Invest in Women
This online network allows you to connect with a global community of professional women who create, inspire, and lead. 

Trailhead: Cultivate Equality at Work
These free, easy-to-read learning modules cover the Business Value of Equality, the Impact of Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion Strategies, and more. 

Women in Mining Canada: National Action Plan
Women in Mining Canada has developed this resource in order to help industry leaders engage more women, create a healthier resource base of skills and leadership, and grow public and shareholder confidence in the mining industry. It outlines evidence-based and business-relevant strategies, tips and tools to support the implementation of gender-inclusive practices. Although this resource was developed with the mining sector in mind, it will be valuable to anyone who wants to improve diversity within their field. 

Women in the Workplace
Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for thirty years and counting. There is a pressing need to do more, and most organizations realize this: company commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high for the third year in a row. Learn more—and what you can do about it—in the Women in the Workplace 2017 study.

Women of Impact in the Canadian Materials, Metallurgy, and Mining Fields (book)
“Women of Impact” is a celebration of women’s achievements in science and engineering. Based on in-person interviews, this collection profiles eighteen women who have made significant contributions to the fields of materials, metallurgy, and mining in Canada. Their compelling stories and impressive achievements reveal how women have defied stereotypes, pushed through barriers, and passionately engaged with their industry

Women of Innovation: The Impact of Leading Engineers in Canada (book)
A unique opportunity to discover twenty accomplished women who have pursued successful careers across Canada in the fields of materials, metallurgy, and mining. The book features profiles of: Colleen Legzdins, Claire Deschenes, Jill Green, Amanda Kalhous, Valerie Orsat, Stephanie Willerth, Ying Zheng, Gennane Beck, Denise Pothier, Margaret Kuzyk, Catherine Harwood, Catherine Mulligan, Jeanette Southwood, Izabela Witkowska, Monique Frize, Elizabeth Croft, Carolyn Ren, Goldie Nejat, Elizabeth Cannon, Jennifer Smith.