Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program for Women in Science and Technology

Dr Roberta Bondar

The Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program is an opportunity for women working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to network with industry leaders and peers and get a behind-the-scenes look at the science and tech industries in Canada. 

Support and developing a professional network are often cited as barriers for women entering and remaining in science and technology careers. Participants of the Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program benefit from developing strong relationships with like-minded participants and leaders working in traditionally male-dominated fields.

This career development program allows participants to expand their knowledge of public and private sector career opportunities, gain new perspectives and have direct access to leaders in the public and private sectors. It aims to inspire participants to move forward in science and technology fields and pursue scientific and management leadership roles in the Canadian science and technology domain.

APPLICATIONS for the 2020 Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program ARE NOW CLOSED.

 

What is it?

This is a career development program that aims to inspire women engineers, researchers, scientists, computer scientists and electrical engineers to move forward in science and technology fields, and to eventually transition into scientific and management leadership in the Canadian science and technology domain. 

Each year, a group of 10 women, five from the public sector and five from the private sector, participate in a two-week rotation to expand their networks and knowledge of cross-departmental career opportunities and connect with leaders in government and private organizations. This program is co-created and participant driven to aim to ensure maximum effectiveness of participation.

Support and developing a professional network are often cited as barriers for women entering and remaining in science and technology careers. Participants of the Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program benefit from belonging to a group of like-minded women working in traditionally male-dominated fields, and each year participants develop strong relationships with other participants, and leaders involved with the programs, forming a professional network of support for each woman working in science and technology.

who Can apply?

This program is open to those who identify as women or gender diverse who have entered a science or technology position for the first time in the last five years or re-entered after a recent period of absence of one to two years. Women working in both the private and public sectors are encouraged to apply as cross-sector collaboration and exchange increases the value of the program. 

Women engineers, researchers, computer scientists, technologists and others working directly in science and technology fields are encouraged to apply. Unsure whether you qualify? Email info@wct-fct.com for more information. 

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 program are now open. For more information and questions about the program and application process, please email info@wct-fct.com.

Program expectations

Participants are expected to work collaboratively as a team towards expanding networks and meeting program objectives. 

Following the rotation, participants must work together on a written debrief to be submitted to WCT. The written debrief is to be used to help future cohorts of the program establish their rotation and meetings.

Terms and Conditions
  1. You must be hired into your first science and technology position within the last five years or have re-entered in a science and technology position after a (significant) period of absence.
  2. You must make individual arrangements and seek approval from your employer/government department for salary, benefits and leave of absence, if required.
  3. If selected, you must participate in the current year's program and cannot defer your acceptance to another date.
  4. Successful applicants are required to cover their own costs via their own personal funds or through support from their organization/department/agency. 
  5. Participants must be available for both of the two week rotations.
  6. Private sector applicants must be a WCT member in good standing. 

Prospective applicants can view the Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program Privacy Policy here.

The Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program is sponsored by: