As part of Engineers Canada 30 by 30 conference- a multi-day virtual gathering in June 2021, we are hosting a panel discussion in celebration of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). We invite the engineering community to a dynamic dialogue event that brings together young leaders and senior leaders in the profession for a conversation about creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive engineering profession. We will hear from a group of diverse, young leaders in engineering who identify as women as they share their vision for the future of engineering, as well as senior leaders who will speak about how they are responding and advocating for culture change in the profession, and what kinds of tactics are currently working in the workplace.

Moderated by Vanessa Raquel Raponi, the Founder of EngiQueers Canada ( – a national non-profit that advocates for intersectional queer inclusion in the engineering profession. Panelists include leaders from Manitoba Hydro, Morrison Hershfield, and Women in Renewable Energy.

This year’s virtual 30 by 30 conference will focus on addressing the culture of exclusion against women and underrepresented groups (Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ2+, persons with disabilities) in the engineering profession. The sessions will present best practices from engineering regulators and leaders that address the barriers women face when entering and remaining in the profession, as well as the perspectives of Indigenous women, post-secondary champions, and young leaders in the profession.

This event will be free and open to all engineering stakeholders across the country.