Women in STEM

In Canada, women make up less than one quarter of the people employed in STEM careers and less than one fifth of the nuclear sector’s workforce. These statistics point to a large untapped resource. Greater diversity in the STEM workforce would offer significant benefits to Canadians by addressing skills shortages, increasing innovation and capacity, and providing a greater return on human resources investments.

The CNSC contributes to the development of women in STEM careers by making the pursuit of these careers more equitable and achievable for women and an integral part of the CNSC’s culture.

The voices of women - whether members of the public, intervenors in Commission proceedings, or employees of either licensees or the CNSC - are vital to the conversation on nuclear safety and security. As we move forward, it will be key for the nuclear sector to actively open doors to those who have historically experienced barriers.

Meet some of the women in STEM careers at the CNSC

Isabelle Tremblay

Isabelle Tremblay

Program Officer in the Transport Licensing and Strategic Support Division

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Karina Lange

Karina Lange

Former Women in STEM Advisor in the Strategic Planning Directorate

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Nana Kwamena

Nana Kwamena

Director of the Environmental Assessment Division

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Sophie Gingras

Sophie Gingras

Chemistry Control Technical Specialist in the Systems Engineering Division

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Women in STEM initiative

Championed by CNSC President Rumina Velshi, the Women in STEM initiative was launched in 2019 to support women in STEM careers at the CNSC and elsewhere, and to raise awareness in collaboration with interested partners such as government, industry and academia.

Learn more about President Velshi’s efforts to improve gender equity and diversity in STEM.

CNSC President Rumina Velshi

“Gender balance isn’t about making room for women by squeezing men out. It’s about making space for everyone by increasing the size of the room.”

CNSC President Rumina Velshi

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