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

Dr Roberta BondarWomen in Communications and Technology (WCT) has launched a new career development program for young women in science and technology. The internship and mentorship program will allow 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.

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.

One of the first programs from WCT's Public Service Network, the federal government departments partners in the program are Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), Shared Services Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Heritage, and Employment and Social Development 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. 

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. 

For the 2016 launch, a group of ten young women, five from the public sector and five from the private sector, will participate in a two-week rotation to expand their networks and knowledge of cross-departmental career opportunities and connect with leaders in government and companies. 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. 

Participants of the Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program can benefit from belonging to a group of like minded women working towards advancement in science and technology sectors in Canada.

This program is modelled on similar principles to the WCT's Jeanne Sauvé Program, which has been running for 15 years to assist women in communications, media and broadcast expand their networks in the area of communications regulation and policy. 

Who Can Apply?

Dr Roberta Bondar in SpaceThis 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. 

How to Apply?

The intake for the next Dr. Roberta Bondar Program will be in the fall of 2017. If you have any questions, please email

Program Expectations

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

  1. You must be a registered WCT member in good standing.
  2. You must be hired into your first science and technology position within the last five years
  3. You must make individual arrangements and seek approval from your employer/government department for salary, benefits and leave of absence, if required.
  4. If selected, you must participate in the 2016 program and cannot defer your acceptance to another date.
  5. Successful applications are required to cover their own costs.
  6. Participants set the dates of their two-week rotation.

See 2016-2017 Participants