W.I.S.E (Women in Science and Engineering)

Kristen Byrnes
8th Kingston Guides


W.I.S.E. Women in Science and Engineering Corporation (W.I.S.E.) - La Corporation Des Femmes en Science et en Genie (C.F.S.G.) is a national association with headquarters in Toronto.

W.I.S.E./C.F.S.G. was founded in 1977 by Claudette Mackay-Lassonde. In 1989, W.I.S.E./C.F.S.G. was incorporated as a non-profit organization. It has since grown with chapters in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Sarnia, Montreal, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick.. In addition W.I.S.E./C.F.S.G. has members-at-large in the United States, Europe, and Africa. Our members consists of approximately 300 people and is increasing.

Our chapters have established career guidance programs at both the junior high and senior high school levels. Our members act as role models and speak to students about science and engineering career opportunities and about their field of specialization. We emphasize the importance of obtaining a good foundation in mathematics and sciences at the high school level.

W.I.S.E./C.F.S.G. provides a support group and network for our members. We hold meetings with interesting guest speakers, workshops, and informal gatherings. We also undertake to work and share ideas with other organizations and serve as an information source for various governments on the experience of women scientists and engineers in the workplace and academia.

W.I.S.E./C.F.S.G. is an energetic professional organization whose members are dedicated to achieving its objectives and increasing awareness of professions in science and engineering.

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