Women in APEGA
APEGA is committed to promoting and encouraging a sustainable workforce that is innovative, diverse, and inclusive.
Individuals and organizations benefit from a diverse workforce. Research has shown that organizations with the highest representation of women on their top management teams:
- have higher employee motivation and efficiency
- have better financial performance
- help employers attract and retain highly talented people
- have a better corporate reputation
Women in APEGA Advisory Group
APEGA created the Women in APEGA Advisory Group in 2011 with the intention of increasing the representation of women in the engineering and geoscience professions.
The Women in APEGA Advisory Group recommends to APEGA’s Registrar & CEO about increasing the representation of women in both the engineering and geoscience professions to 30% by 2030 (30 by 30).
Additionally, the Women in APEGA Advisory Group will recommend the engagement and retention of women in the professions to ensure inclusivity and sustainability of the professions.
The advisory group consists of women and men from across the province, in both academia and industry. This dedicated group meets regularly to assess APEGA's diversity initiatives and discuss other organizations' successful strategies. The valuable recommendations from these subject matter experts have contributed to APEGA implementing the following:
- created and publicized a formal diversity statement to inspire its permit holders and members to champion diversity and inclusion in their workplace:
Encourage a business culture of belonging, inclusion, and diversity for
equity within the engineering and geoscience professions.
- advertised and supported the efforts of external organizations who share our passion and vision for diversity
- integrated diversity best practices in outreach volunteer recruitment and selection processes (e.g., strive for a 1:1 male-female representation of APEGA members at events
In addition to the above, APEGA actively participates in Engineers Canada's national 30-by-30 Committee, collaborating on strategies and sharing recommendations based on an Albertan perspective.
In 2015, a document created by Women in APEGA was adopted and used to develop the national document Managing Transitions: Before, During and After Leave, which is jointly published and managed by Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada. It provides extensive checklists and outlines steps that individuals, supervisors, and companies can take to smoothly off- and on-ramp employees taking a leave of absence.
The following suggestions are ways that you can get involved and help support APEGA's goal of creating an inclusively sustainable workforce:
- organize a panel or roundtable discussion about the Managing Transition Guide
- check Engineers Canada's 30 by 30 Guide
- actively use social media for discussion and to share information
- follow APEGA on LinkedIn and on Twitter @APEGA_AB
- increase the visibility of women in the professions by volunteering for your local APEGA branch or for the APEGA Outreach Program
If you have any questions about this program, please contact [email protected] and include "Women in APEGA" in the subject line.