Award Honours Engineers Who
Make Profession Better For Women
Canadian engineers who help make their profession a great choice for
women will soon be considered for a national award. The Canadian Council
of Professional Engineers has added a new award to its Canadian Engineers'
Awards program. It will recognize engineers who have demonstrated noteworthy
support for women in the profession and established a benchmark of engineering
"Our hope is that the new award will help preserve the legacy of
the 14 women who were massacred at Ecole polytechnique in Montreal on
Dec. 6, 1989," said Noel Cleland, P.Eng., chairman of the CCPE. The
Award for Support of Women in the Engineering Profession will be presented
for the first time in May 2001. It's looked at as a tool for increasing
public awareness of Canada's outstanding engineers, and of the ongoing
efforts by the profession to welcome more women.
The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation has already broken ground
in helping women. Founded in 1989, with significant financial support
CCPE, the foundation awards both undergraduate and graduate scholarships
to women engineering students. It also presents an annual engineering
student projects award, as well as the Elsie MacGill Award in recognition
of a university that has made significant contributions to improve the
climate toward female engineering students.
The number of women enrolled in engineering undergraduate programs has
more than doubled in the last decade. All nominations in the 2001 Award
for Support of Women in Engineering Profession -- and the six other Canadian
Engineers' Awards -- must be received by CCPE by Jan. 8, 2001. Information
and terms of reference, as well as nomination forms, are posted on the
CCPE's website, www.ccpe.ca.