Even in this day and age, 30% of women leaving engineering profession cite organizational climate as the reason . According to Engineers Canada, in 2015, only 15% of practicing engineers were women. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry for more than six decades. In January 2017, SWE Toronto became an official international affiliate of the Society of Women Engineers in Toronto, Canada. SWE Toronto envisions a world where women engineers and engineering graduates are successful and thriving by getting the support they need to become leaders in solving tough problems for our world.
To support the continual personal and professional success of women in engineering and contribute to the retention of women in the engineering profession.
- To build a community of engineers, engineering professionals and industry partners who support the success of women in engineering.
- To connect women in engineering across the various stages of their careers and establish a network of women in engineering.
- To facilitate the development of foundational skills necessary to support women in their careers and balance their professional and personal goals.
- To link existing industry networks by organizing collaborative events and building mutually-beneficial relationships.
Our Core Team consists of seven women in engineering from diverse professional backgrounds. We collaborate with other STEM and women's groups to optimize our outreach capabilities within the Greater Toronto Area.
Alessandra Massaro graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor's of Civil Engineering and International Studies and is currently working as a Transportation Engineering Intern at the Canadian firm CIMA+. She is an avid advocate for women’s rights in the workplace and started the Women in Engineering Coffee Club before teaming up with SWE Toronto to create the SWE Coffee Club. Alessandra is a member of PEO, OSPE and WTS Toronto and is dedicated to improving the status of women in STEM in the workplace..
Negin Balaghi graduated from McMaster University with an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree and is currently working as a Process Engineering EIT at Conavi Medical Inc. in Toronto. Negin is motivated to explore innovative ways to integrate science and engineering in advocating health and mental well-being. She is a registered EIT with Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), a member of Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) Canada, IEEE Women in Engineering, and an ambassador with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).
Evangeline Philos graduated from the University of Waterloo and worked for a year in the oil and gas industry before transitioning into the CPG industry. She is currently a Supply Chain Analyst with Weston Foods Ltd. She is motivated to help women in engineering connect with one another, grow professionally and become more confident leaders. She is registered as an EIT with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and is a member of OSPE and SWE International.
Nicole Proulx graduated with a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Queen’s University. Nicole currently works as a Biosignal Research Engineer at InteraXon, creators of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Nicole enjoys sharing her passion for engineering and fostering networking opportunities for women in engineering.
Revathy Vattukkalathil graduated from the University of Toronto with a masters in Chemical Engineering. She works for the City of Toronto as a Water Wastewater Process Specialist and investigates process optimization for the City’s drinking water facilities. Growing up in an all-girls school environment, Reva recognizes the value of having a network of strong women in her life and plans to help build meaningful connections among women engineering professionals in GTA through her work at SWE Toronto.
Shannon M. Pole, EIT, TNLP brings back the magic, inspiring individuals, groups and organizations to lead the future. Shannon blends degrees in Materials Engineering and Public Policy with Board Designations in Quantum Leadership™, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Results based Coaching and Hypnosis, allowing a full tool belt, and the experience to provide solutions for unique needs. Shannon brings these qualifications, her passion for achieving equity in engineering and over five years with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) to found the Toronto Affiliate of the Society of Women Engineers in 2016.
Leticia Lam was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has always been passionate about learning, building, and collaborating. She graduated with both Bachelor's and Master's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans. After three years working on stress analysis of piping systems in the oil and gas industry, switched gears towards Project Engineering in Industrial Refrigeration. Leticia built the foundations of the Eng-Style Connecting event series in Toronto.
Kate Brockman is a Professional Engineer with a bachelor’s in Nanotechnology Engineering and a master’s in Chemical/Biomedical Engineering. Kate has five years of industry experience and is currently pursuing her MD degree and intending on applying her engineering background to medicine. Kate is passionate about translating research into real-world applications. She uses this passion to help women, men, and organizations find ways to improve gender equity in the workplace to drive success and shares her thought with SWEsters every now and again through the SWEster Blog!