30 by 30 Women in Engineering

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The 30 by 30 Women in Engineering Award was established by a group of women engineers in Victoria, BC, as a way to honour, on the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, the 14 women who were murdered at the Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. In their memory, this award is being established to encourage and show support for women pursuing an engineering education in order to become professional engineers. The name of the Award —30 by 30— is in recognition of the commitment made by Engineers Canada, in collaboration with the 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators, to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 per cent by the year 2030. Women make up more than half of the Canadian population but are significantly under-represented in the engineering profession. Engineers Canada and the provincial and territorial engineering regulators are dedicated to enhancing gender diversity in the engineering profession which has proven value in the workplace for innovation, creativity, economic competitiveness in a global economy.

The purpose of the Endowment is to fund an award entitled the 30 by 30 Women in Engineering Award. One or more awards of $1,000 each will be given to women undergraduate students entering an engineering program. Applicants will submit a cover letter explaining what inspired them to choose engineering as a potential career and what they want to achieve with their degree. 

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