Dreaming Big / NCWIE Nov. 2010


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Howard Brown's presentation at the National Conference on Women in Engineering, November 2010.

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  • The number of women getting into engineering in Canada has been on the decline, despite a decade of efforts to encourage more girls to think of technical careers.
  • - “Modern communications technology — such as video-conferencing and electronic voting — may be a tool for getting more women involved in federal politics,” says former cabinet minister Belinda Stronach.Says one reason women are reluctant to enter federal politics is the sheer amount of time it requires people to be in Ottawa, away from home and familyExpand on the success of women in municipal politics.  Ms. Stronach is not pessimistic about the future of women in politics, believing that “the tide is turning.”
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  • TOP** Hon. AlbinaGuarnieri, MP – Ontario (Mississauga) / Hon. Diane Finley, MP Minister of H.R. and Skills Dev. – Ontario (Hamilton)Hon. Diane Ablonczy, MP – Alberta (Calgary) / Hon. JoseeVerner – Quebec / Hon. Gail Shea, MP – P.E.I. / Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Nunavut) **BOTTOM** Dawn Black, MLA (B.C.) / Niki Ashton, (Man.) / Pat Atkinson, MLA (Sask.) / Kelly Block, (Sask.) / PauleBrunelle, MP (Que.)Siobhan Coady, MP (Nfld&Lab.) / Hon. Rona Ambrose, MP (Alberta)
  • Prior to election day, women’s representation in municipal politics stood at just 23% Canada-wide. Women’s voices are simply not being heard in City Halls across the country.
  • Also - lunch and learns, chapter meetings and weekly updates to PEO members.
  • Student membership program engages students in the work of their governing body and regularly engage students in public affairsOPEA – amendments include no longer requiring residency to apply for a license as per the new Bill 68, the Ontario Open for Business Act
  • Does one party speak for you? Find a party by following the issues, volunteering, looking at philosophy etc.Take an interest in an issue and act on it. Energy, the environment, infrastructure, education, poverty and health
  • Dreaming Big / NCWIE Nov. 2010

    1. 1. Dreaming Big: Opportunities for women engineers to get involved in public LIFE<br />Presented by: Howard Brown, President, Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs<br />November 2010<br />
    2. 2. In the News…<br />Why More Women Aren’t Becoming Engineers<br /> Jennifer Myers, Globe and Mail<br /><ul><li> There is an overall lack of awareness of </li></ul> what engineers do<br /><ul><li> Male-dominated environment</li></ul>Ms. Lai, a graduate of UBC Engineering<br />
    3. 3. In the News…<br />High-tech Politics May Lure Women to Ottawa<br />Susan Delacourt – Toronto Star, Ottawa Bureau<br />Belinda Stronach’s Prescription For Getting Women Into Politics <br />Jane Taber, Globe and Mail<br />
    4. 4. Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP for St. Paul’s & former Minister of State (Public Health)<br />“Ask a man if he’d like to run and he asks, ‘When and where do I need to be and do I need a tie?’ <br />Ask a woman and she’ll say ‘What about my family, my career, isn’t there someone better?”<br />
    5. 5. Former Parliament Leaders<br />The Hon. Sheila Copps served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in the government of the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien. 1993 – 1997<br />The Hon. Anne McLellan served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in the government of the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin. <br />Dec. 2003 – Jan. 2006 <br />The Right Honourable <br />Kim Campbell<br />19th Prime Minister of Canada <br />June – November 1993<br />
    6. 6. Did you know?<br />
    7. 7. Women in the 40th Canadian Parliament by Province<br />
    8. 8. Bonnie Crombie, MP - How did she do it? <br /><ul><li>Bonnie has an MBA, solid business and entrepreneurial experience, and ran her own consulting business in Mississauga.
    9. 9. Had commitment to the community as a key fundraiser for Credit Valley Hospitaland the Brain Injury Association of Canada, as well as the Vice Chair of the Mayor's Task Force on the Artsin Mississauga. She is also a long-term community volunteer.</li></li></ul><li>Women in the 40th Canadian Parliament<br />
    10. 10. Women thrive in Toronto Municipal Elections 2010<br />Historic gains in women’s representation across the province.<br />Toronto – Elected 33% women. With 15 females elected out of 45, women have gained a strong voice at Toronto City Hall. <br />
    11. 11. Who are the next great leaders?<br />Howard Brown engages future engineers at PEO’s student conference<br />L. to R.: Maud Cohen, ing. (OIQ); Kim Farwell, P.Eng., (APEGGA); Margaret Li, FEC, P.Eng. (APEGBC Board member); Chantal Guay, ing., P.Eng., M.Env.; Diane Freeman, FEC, P.Eng., (PEO); Shawna Argue, FEC, P.Eng. (APEGS); Catherine Karakatsanis, FEC, P.Eng. (PEO Board member)<br />
    12. 12. Government Liaison Program Bridging Engineers and Government<br />Created in 2005 to improve government understanding of the role of PEO in governing the profession of engineering.<br /> <br />Positions PEO on the same side of the table with government to solve public interest issues related to professional engineering. <br />Established relationships between the 36 PEO chapters and their local MPPs, MPs, city councillors and bureaucrats. <br />Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) initiated in 2008, resulted in the creation of the Journal of Policy Engagement.<br />
    13. 13. More Engineers in Parliament<br />The GLP has a goal of having 11 engineers in the 2011 legislature<br />Four annual Queen’s Park days<br />Consultation with over 90 MPP meetings in five years<br />Presentations to legislative committees<br />Town hall meetings, campaign colleges, training sessions, <br />
    14. 14. Students can host MPs<br />Set up the Ontario Engineering Student Public Policy Initiative with a goal of having 27 engineers in the 2027 legislature<br />PEO now has a strong student membership program<br />Ontario Professional Engineers Act with 66 amendments<br />
    15. 15. Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy<br />Engineers in Ontario have a hand in:<br />Fair Access Act<br />Green Energy and Economy Act<br />Water Conservation Act<br />Open for Business Act<br />But not limited to these alone…<br /><ul><li>Healthcare
    16. 16. Environment
    17. 17. Infrastructure
    18. 18. Food Safety</li></li></ul><li>Why do engineers need to get involved?<br />YOU put the public first<br />Engineers duty to society <br />The duty to public welfare above clients or employers. <br />Engineers duty to employers <br />Acting as faithful agents or trustees, regarding client information as confidential and avoiding or disclosing conflicts of interest. <br />Engineers duty to clients <br />Must disclose immediately any direct or indirect interest that might prejudice (or appear to prejudice) their professional judgment.<br />
    19. 19. Who do Canadians trust the most?<br />Provided by Angus Reid, 2009<br />
    20. 20. Six engineers in the House of Commons<br />Steven Blaney, MP<br />Levis-Bellechasse, QC<br />Conservative<br />Thierry St-Cyr, MP<br />Jeanne-Le Ber, QC<br />Bloc Quebecois<br />Marc Garneau, MP<br />Westmount-Ville-Marie, QC<br />Liberal<br />Sukh Dhaliwal, MP<br />Newton-North Delta BC<br />Liberal <br />Robert Carrier, MP<br />Alfred-Pellan, QC<br />Bloc Quebecois<br />Pierre Lemieux, MP<br />Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, ON<br />Conservative<br />
    21. 21. Four Engineer MPPs/MLAs<br />Ralph Sultan, MLA<br />(West Vancouver-Capilano)<br />British Columbia Liberal Party<br />Phil McNeely, MPP<br />(Ottawa-Orléans)<br />Ontario Liberal Party<br />Norm Sterling, MPP<br />(Carleton-Mississippi Mills)<br />Progressive Conservative <br />Party of Ontario<br />Hon. Blaine Higgs, MLA<br />(Quispamsis)<br />Minister of Finance <br />Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick<br />
    22. 22. The connection between engineers and politicians:Carrying the leader torch<br /><ul><li>Both are natural leaders in our community
    23. 23. Both are problem-solvers
    24. 24. Both understand that every action is part of a bigger picture
    25. 25. Both put the public good ahead of all else</li></li></ul><li>Why should you get involved in politics?<br />You can make a difference<br />Raise an issue you’re specifically concerned about<br />Chance to get your point of view across<br />You have a certain expertise that would be valuable<br />You think we need better people in government<br />
    26. 26. How can women get more involved?<br />Joina political party<br />Volunteerin your community<br />Volunteer or donate to a political campaign<br />Attendlocal chapter meetings<br />Runfor political office<br />
    27. 27. Question & Answer<br />
    28. 28. Thank you!<br />For more information or to become involved, contact:Howard Brown<br />Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs321 Brooke Avenue, Toronto, ON M5M2L4www.brown-cohen.com416-844-1180<br />howard@brown-cohen.com<br />