AWSN’s goals are to provide a network for those interested in many aspects of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to help programs in these areas be sustainable through development, funding, and volunteer support.  Through the AWSN network, you can learn what is being done by our members/member affiliate groups in Recruitment, Retention and Recognition.  As a funder, AWSN provides funding for small projects or programs hosted by our affiliate members, and performs fund raising to enable the growth of these programs or development of new ones. 

AWSN recruits youth to science careers through programs like Operation Minerva (Grade 8/9 girls job-shadowing, Power to Choose aboriginal youth grade 7-12 (girls and boys).  Retention of women and other under-represented groups in science careers includes finding your first job as someone new to Canada or trying to break into industry with your PhD, through family/job issues and retirement. Finally, AWSN recognizes leadership in mentors through mentoring awards and scholarships.  We are honored and proud to share our mentors and scholars through their stories.

AWSN is seeking women AND men who would like to contribute by helping lead, develop new program ideas, expand those we serve, help fund raise or contribute to discussions on diversity in the science workplace.  

Read more about our mission, three pillars of activities and programming and join in.


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Power to Choose


It was a special grade 6 teacher who got Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes fascinated with science, especially chemistry, physics, natural disasters and phenomenon.  He also inspired Cheryle to start thinking about sustainability, long before it was fashionable.


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Mentors of the Millenium


Being young both in age and in career experiences, Dr. Celine Bellehumeur has already demonstrated a considerable number of scientific contributions. This has been particularly exemplary for other young engineers.

Mentors of the Millenium


Throughout her career, Dr. Brendan Rule’s demonstrated significant mentorship. In total, she supervised over 30 Honours, 26 Masters and 25 Ph. D. theses. This amounted to almost three students per year for 29 years.

Mentors of the Millenium


Dr. Ponting’s mentoring activities focus on helping others to improve teaching of the sciences. She has assisted others in implementing problem-based learning using computer conferencing in the field on continuing professional education.

Mentors of the Millenium


Dr. Anne Naeth’s work in the discipline of plant ecology runs parallel to her theory as a mentor: with a little nurturing, wonderful things can grow in new environments.

Mentors of the Millenium


In 2004, Diane Forbes facilitated a relationship between her employer, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Alberta Women’s Science Network – a move which helped introduce Operation Minerva into her workplace.

Mentors of the Millenium


My Operation Minerva experience started off by getting selected from about 35 grade 8 girls by my science teacher.

Mentors of the Millenium


I was born and raised in Saskatchewan in a small town called Weldon, which is a farming community of 300 people. I grew up on a farm which was a mix of grain farming and raising cattle. I attended school in Weldon up to grade nine.


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