The Current State of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Yukon analyzes data pertaining to the participation and representation of women and girls in STEM professions and education. This report explores data regarding the attendance of elementary school girls at STEM-related camps and the results of standardized testing for numeracy, reading, and writing at Grade 4 and 7 levels. It also analyzes the application of young women to secondary level STEM electives as well as data regarding post-secondary programs, from application to graduation. The rates of employment for women in STEM fields in Yukon and funding amounts provided to researchers are also included.

Report published on Dec 6, 2018, see Press Release.


WWEST Associate Chair at Yukon University: Alison Anderson
WWEST Associate Chair at Yukon University Program Assistants: Bryn Hoffman, RJ Smith, & Chelsey Zurkan
WWEST Chair at Simon Fraser University: Dr. Lesley Shannon
WWEST Program Manager at Simon Fraser University: Danniele Livengood
WWEST Data Analyst at Simon Fraser University: Zhi Yuh Ou Yang

WWEST Associate Chair at Yukon University

The WWEST Associate Chair at Yukon University was announced in January 2018 with Alison Anderson as the WWEST Associate Chair. WWEST’s mission is to engage students, industry, and the wider community to increase the awareness and participation of women and other under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study and careers. WWEST is the operating name for the 2015-2020 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE), British Columbia (BC) and Yukon Region, based at Simon Fraser University and currently held by Dr. Lesley Shannon.

WWEST Partnerships and Data Sources

Funding for this project was provided by the Government of Yukon Office of the Science Advisor, the 2015-2020 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the British Columbia and Yukon Region (WWEST), and Yukon University. Additional Yukon contributors to the WWEST Associate Chair at Yukon College include TechYukon, Engineers Yukon, Goldcorp Inc., Make IT Solutions, NorthwesTel, Total North Communications, Yukon Chamber of Mines, Yukon Women in Mining, and Yukon Women in Trades and Technology.

Data used in this report came from Yukon Government Health and Social Services, Yukon University, Wood Street Centre, Yukon Conservation Society, Yukon Energy, NorthwesTel, Engineers Yukon, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Yukon Government Technology and Student Information from the Yukon Government Department of Education, Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census of Population and 2016 National Household Survey, the Yukon Research Centre Licensing Database, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) research archives.


Alison Anderson, P.Eng.
Associate Chair
Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST)
Yukon University
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