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Women in Trades and Technology (WITT)

SAIT’s WITT Committee wants to encourage, promote and retain gender diversity and inclusion in the trade and technology industries and provide individuals with the tools and opportunities they need to meet their goals.

In 2015, WITT was formed by three SAIT School of Construction instructors with the purpose of supporting women entering less-traditional career paths. WITT is made up of industry professionals and members from the SAIT community. The group has grown from a handful of passionate founders to more than 100 committed inclusion champions.

WITT works with students, faculty and industry partners to create resources and opportunities for one another.

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Calling all students, staff and industry!

In place of our traditional group mentorship, we are offering our first-ever speaker series! The speaker series will focus on our mentorship program topics, such as leadership, workplace development and culture change, developing a professional identity and building confidence. We will have three events with speakers from industry. While WITT's primary audience is females, all are welcome.

Schedule of events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Virtual keynote on building careers, followed by Q&A
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7 pm: In-person facilitated panel discussion, sponsored by Women in Communications and Technology (WCT)

Register now

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Join WITT today

Want to be a part of WITT’s growing community? Become a WITT member today to learn about volunteer opportunities, events and more through our newsletter.

Become a member

The WITT mentorship programs build meaningful relationships that help mentees grow and develop as professionals and allow mentors to share their experiences while supporting a mentee’s goals.

WITT’s mentorship programs are a great way to further equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives, and your personal and company EDI journey. We have two mentorship programs:

  1. The Individual Mentorship Program starts in the spring and runs for 12 weeks.
  2. The Group Mentorship Program starts in November and runs for six weeks.

BECOME A MEMBER NOW

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International Women's Day Conference

SAIT and WITT celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women with an annual conference. Throughout the day, we have meaningful conversations with inspiring speakers from a variety of industries and backgrounds. These conversations are empowering, honest and thoughtful – motivating professionals and leaders to continue to strive for more equitable standards across industries.

Watch our 2022 conference and save the date for our next one: March 8, 2023.

Resources

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External resources

  • Canadian Association of Women in Construction: CAWIC provides women with the "opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and hone their skills by participating on our committees and board positions".
  • Canadian Construction Women: Canadian Construction Women builds a "stronger construction industry by inspiring and supporting women".
  • Women Building Futures: Women Building Futures provides "industry-recognized training and affordable housing for women looking to enter the construction, maintenance and driving industries."
  • Alberta Women's Science Network: AWSN’s main objective is "to connect, unite, support and promote STEM programs" throughout Alberta.
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