Hydro One celebrates Women in Engineering
Western Engineering News | March 8, 2018
Today, on International Women’s Day, Hydro One has announced both the winners of the Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarships and the renewal of its Women in Engineering University Partnership — Two major initiatives that Western Engineering is proud to be involved with.
Of the 10 Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarships given to university students across Ontario, Western Engineering women have received four.
All four Western recipients are active in the Western Engineering community,
Despite the recipients’ impact within the engineering community, there is a significant population disparity of women-to-men studying engineering at universities in Canada, with only around 20
“When I was just looking at the extracurriculars, there weren’t a lot of females in leadership positions, and this year our UES (Undergraduate Engineering Society) actually has five females versus two males on our executive team. So, it was really cool to have a female president and four other reps that are not only representing Western
The second major announcement from Hydro One today is the renewal of their Women in Engineering University Partnership with a $1.6 million investment. Western University, along with Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Waterloo are partnership schools that now have support to continue to provide outreach programs, networking opportunities and professional resources to young women. In its fifth year, this Hydro One initiative has supported over 18,000 students across all of the partnership’s universities.
Although there is still work to be done, initiatives like these contribute to making engineering a choice all women could imagine for themselves. “There may not have been obvious jobs for women before, but we’re really good at them, so it should be obvious now,” says scholarship recipient Carlee Armstrong. “Hopefully we’re getting there.”