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Dreaming Big - NCWIE Nov.2010


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Howard Brown's presentation to the National Conference on Women in Engineering. Nov. 21, 2010.

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Dreaming Big - NCWIE Nov.2010

  1. 1. Presented by: Howard Brown, President, Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs November 2010 DREAMING BIG: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN ENGINEERS TO GET INVOLVED IN PUBLIC LIFE
  2. 2. In the News… Why More Women Aren’t Becoming Engineers Jennifer Myers, Globe and Mail • There is an overall lack of awareness of what engineers do • Male-dominated environment Ms. Lai, a graduate of UBC Engineering
  3. 3. In the News… High-tech Politics May Lure Women to Ottawa Susan Delacourt – Toronto Star, Ottawa Bureau Belinda Stronach’s Prescription For Getting Women Into Politics Jane Taber, Globe and Mail
  4. 4. “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?’ Ask a woman and she’ll say ‘What about my family, my career, isn’t there someone better?” Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP forSt. Paul’s & formerMinisterof State (PublicHealth)
  5. 5. The Right Honourable Kim Campbell 19th Prime Minister of Canada June – November 1993 FormerParliament Leaders The Hon. Anne McLellan served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in the government of the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin. Dec. 2003 – Jan. 2006 The Hon. Sheila Copps served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in the government of the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien. 1993 – 1997
  6. 6. Did you know?
  7. 7. Women in the 40th Canadian Parliament by Province Province Number of women MPs Number of seats Percentage of women Newfoundland and Labrador 2 7 28.6% Nova Scotia 1 11 9.1% Prince Edward Island 1 4 25.0% New Brunswick 1 10 10.0% Quebec 21 75 28.0% Ontario 21 106 19.8% Manitoba 6 14 42.8% Saskatchewan 2 14 14.3% Alberta 3 28 10.7% British Columbia 10 36 27.7% Territories 1 3 33.3% Totals 69 308 22.4%
  8. 8. Bonnie Crombie, MP - How did she do it?  Bonnie has an MBA, solid business and entrepreneurial experience, and ran her own consulting business in Mississauga.  Had commitment to the community as a key fundraiser for Credit Valley Hospital and the Brain Injury Association of Canada, as well as the Vice Chair of the Mayor's Task Force on the Arts in Mississauga. She is also a long-term community volunteer.
  9. 9. Women in the 40th Canadian Parliament
  10. 10. Women thrive inTorontoMunicipal Elections 2010 Toronto – Elected 33% women. With 15 females elected out of 45, women have gained a strong voice at Toronto City Hall. Historic gains in women’s representation across the province.
  11. 11. Whoare the nextgreat leaders? 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) Howard Brown engages future engineers at PEO’s student conference
  12. 12. GovernmentLiaison Program Bridging Engineersand Government  Created in 2005 to improve government understanding of the role of PEO in governing the profession of engineering.  Positions PEO on the same side of the table with government to solve public interest issues related to professional engineering.  Established relationships between the 36 PEO chapters and their local MPPs, MPs, city councillors and bureaucrats.  Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) initiated in 2008, resulted in the creation of the Journal of Policy Engagement.
  13. 13.  The GLP has a goal of having 11 engineers in the 2011 legislature  Four annual Queen’s Park days  Consultation with over 90 MPP meetings in five years  Presentations to legislative committees  Town hall meetings, campaign colleges, training sessions, More Engineers in Parliament
  14. 14.  Set up the Ontario Engineering Student Public Policy Initiative with a goal of having 27 engineers in the 2027 legislature  PEO now has a strong student membership program  Ontario Professional Engineers Act with 66 amendments Students can host MPs
  15. 15. Ontario Centre forEngineering and Public Policy Engineers in Ontario have a hand in: 1. Fair Access Act 2. Green Energy and Economy Act 3. Water Conservation Act 4. Open for Business Act But not limited to these alone… - Healthcare - Environment - Infrastructure - Food Safety
  16. 16.  Engineers duty to society  The duty to public welfare above clients or employers.  Engineers duty to employers  Acting as faithful agents or trustees, regarding client information as confidential and avoiding or disclosing conflicts of interest.  Engineers duty to clients  Must disclose immediately any direct or indirect interest that might prejudice (or appear to prejudice) their professional judgment. Why do engineers need to get involved? YOU put the public first
  17. 17. Who do Canadians trust the most? Nurses (1st of 25) 97 per cent Doctors (3rd) 94 per cent Teachers (6th) 89 per cent Engineers (7th) 88 per cent Police Officers (8th) 87 per cent Lawyers (22nd) 48 per cent Politicians (24th) 30 per cent Car salesmen (25th of 25) 23 per cent Provided by Angus Reid, 2009
  18. 18. Six engineers in the House of Commons Pierre Lemieux, MP Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, ON Conservative Robert Carrier, MP Alfred-Pellan, QC Bloc Quebecois Sukh Dhaliwal, MP Newton-North Delta BC Liberal Thierry St-Cyr, MP Jeanne-Le Ber, QC Bloc Quebecois Marc Garneau, MP Westmount-Ville-Marie, QC Liberal Steven Blaney, MP Levis-Bellechasse, QC Conservative
  19. 19. Four Engineer MPPs/MLAs Phil McNeely, MPP (Ottawa-Orléans) Ontario Liberal Party Norm Sterling, MPP (Carleton-Mississippi Mills) Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Ralph Sultan, MLA (West Vancouver- Capilano) British Columbia Liberal Party Hon. Blaine Higgs, MLA (Quispamsis) Minister of Finance Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
  20. 20.  Both are natural leaders in our community  Both are problem-solvers  Both understand that every action is part of a bigger picture  Both put the public good ahead of all else The connection between engineers and politicians: Carrying the leader torch
  21. 21.  You can make a difference  Raise an issue you’re specifically concerned about  Chance to get your point of view across  You have a certain expertise that would be valuable  You think we need better people in government Why should you get involved in politics?
  22. 22. Howcanwomenget more involved?  Join a political party  Volunteer in your community  Volunteer or donate to a political campaign  Attend local chapter meetings  Run for political office
  23. 23. Question & Answer
  24. 24. Thankyou! For more information or to become involved, contact: Howard Brown Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs 321 Brooke Avenue, Toronto, ON M5M 2L4 416-844-1180