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4 Canadian Women Leading the Way in STEM


STEM is still a male-dominated field. Only 20% of women who attend a post-secondary program opt for a STEM degree compared to 40% of men.

This year, the Department for Women and Gender Equality has chosen #InnovateForChange as the theme for International Women’s Day in Canada. It’s a call to action asking everyone to harness the power of technology to create a more equal world.

We’re honouring four Canadian women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) who work to #InnovateForChange.

Tessa Erickson

Last year, Tessa Erickson, a member of the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation from Prince George, made headlines for creating a language learning app to help revive an Indigenous language nearly lost to the residential school system.

What led Tessa to #InnovateForChange was how the older members of her family were prevented from speaking their language, Dakelh, in residential schools. We’re inspired by Tessa’s leadership helping her community connect through language.

Nicole Ticea

Nicole Ticea is a scientist who made waves for her work bringing low-cost early HIV diagnosis to resource-limited communities.

Nicole has been recognized for her many research awards and grants, including a YWCA Women of Distinction award in 2017. Nicole continues to#InnovateForChange sharing her original approaches to solve big problems in global health, technology, physics and neuroscience.

Saadia Muzaffar

Saadia Muzaffar is a tech entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate of responsible innovation and decent work for everyone. Saadia founded Techgirls Canada, a nonprofit hub committed to research and co-designing solutions that create the conditions of success for women in STEM careers and leadership roles across Canada. Her work focuses on encouraging STEM sectors to innovate by fighting the institutional barriers that prevent women of all races, abilities and sexual orientations from thriving in their fields.

Dr. Ajung Moon

Dr. Ajung Moon is a leader and expert in robot ethics. She is the founder and director of the Open Roboethics Institute (ORI), a Vancouver-based international think tank investigating ways that robotics technology stakeholders can collaborate to influence how robots shape the future. She also serves as a Senior Advisor for UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

To #InnovateForChange, AJung is progressing the field of robotics in our world and helping us navigate our way towards the future.

Despite the gender imbalance, these four amazing women are advancing STEM, breaking barriers for other women in the field and pushing us towards our technological futures.

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