The Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program is an opportunity for young women working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to network with industry leaders and peers, as well as get a behind-the-scenes look the the science and tech industries in Canada. The 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.
In this program, WCT partners with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), Shared Services Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Heritage, and Employment and Social Development Canada to provide participants an opportunity to learn how industry and public sectors each contribute to innovation in Canada.
The program is available to young women in science and technology roles in these departments. It is also open to young women in telecom, technology or scientific companies or organizations that will sponsor them.
The program was announced at the WCT Annual Awards Gala by Dr. Roberta Bondar, Ron Parker, President of Shared Services Canada and Kelly Gillis, Associate Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
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 young 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. The two week Ottawa-based rotation is designed by participants, with candidates setting the dates of their rotation and meetings with leaders from each of their organizations.
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.
A ground-breaking strategy to tackling the isolation many women feel in these traditionally male-dominated industries, the Dr. Roberta Bondar programs has already empowered the careers of many women:
Who Can Apply?
This program is open to women who have entered a science or technology position for the first time in the last five years. Women working in both the private and public sector are encouraged to apply as cross-sector collaboration and exchange increases the value of the program.
Women engineers, researchers, scientists, computer scientists, technologists and others directly working in science and technology fields are encouraged to apply. Unsure of whether you qualify? Email [email protected] for more information.
In order to participate in the program, individuals must have an up-to-date WCT membership.
How to Apply?
To apply, simply fill out the below application form and email it to [email protected], as well as any questions or requests for more information.
Please note that you must have an up-to-date membership to participate in the program.
Participants are expected to work collaboratively as a team, setting aside organizational goals to work together towards expanding networks and meeting program objectives.
As a group, participants must set goals and objectives for the rotation, as well as establish rotation timing and schedule of meetings. Each participant must arrange for the group to meet with leaders at their organization. It is expected that organizations will support their candidate in the program and facilitate meetings with leaders.
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
- You must be a registered WCT member in good standing.
- You must be hired into your first science and technology position within the last five years
- You must make individual arrangements and seek approval from your employer/government department for salary, benefits and leave of absence, if required.
- If selected, you must participate in the 2017 program and cannot defer your acceptance to another date.
- Successful applications are required to cover their own costs.
- Participants set the dates of their two-week rotation.
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