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.
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:
- The Individual Mentorship Program starts in the spring and runs for 12 weeks.
- The Group Mentorship Program starts in November and runs for six weeks.
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.
- Communicating as Women in STEM by Charlotte Brammer
- Women in STEM Careers: International Perspectives on Increasing Workforce Participation, Advancement and Leadership by Diana Bilimoria & Linley Lord
- Men & Women and Tools: Bridging the Divide by Marcia Braundy
- The Development of Women and Young Professionals in STEM Careers: Tips and Tricks by Michele Kruger & Hannelie Nel
- Girls and Women of Color in STEM: Their Journeys in Higher Education by Nahed Abdelrahman, Beverly J. Irby, Julia Ballenger & Barbara Polnick
- Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes
- Women, Work, and Politics: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality by Torben Iversen and Frances Rosenbluth
- Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
- Tech Boss Lady: How to Start-up, Disrupt, and Thrive as a Female Founder by Adriana Gascoigne
- Wonder Women: 25 innovators, inventors, and trailblazers who changed history by Sam Maggs, Illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino
- Ghana Girl's STEM Academy: Infobase, film distributor; CNN (Firm). 2017.
- Great Unsung Women of Computing: Kleiman, Kathy, film director; Women Make Movies (Firm); Kanopy (Firm). 2016.
- Women in the Home Building Industry: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Infobase; National Association of Home Builders of the United States. 2006, c2001.
- Women Train to Do Men's Jobs: ABC News Productions; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Infobase. 2013, c2012.
- 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.