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.

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 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.