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PLEDGE TO IMPACT30 - Marking 30th Anniversary of Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique Tragedy

Five years ago on December 6th, on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering launched the IMPACT25 campaign for pledges on how to support women in engineering for the next 25 years.

Today we are pleased to report on the progress made on one of those pledges and the continuing engagement for the next 30 years (to pledge see information on IMPACT30 below). 

Pledge in 2014 

"Pratt & Whitney Canada is very proud and committed to support the development of all its employees, As a long-time collaborator for women in engineering initiatives, P&WC continues to encourage women in engineering. Through formal initatives such as the Ontario NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, as well as grass roots efforts in local high schools, and a dedicated First Robotics women's team, P&WC will continue to support the advancement of women in engineering through scholarships, mentoring, special networking initatives, various development activities and our own P&WC Women's Leadership Committee."

Maria Valerio

VP Operations, Customer Service

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.


“Pratt & Whitney Canada employees consistently envision the future of flight and solve the challenges of tomorrow. With more than 30% female executives across its businesses, Pratt & Whitney and its parent company UTC support the development of women in all fields, especially engineering and technology. In February 2019, UTC announced a strategic partnership with Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that is committed to building the largest pipeline of future female technologists – to achieve entry-level gender parity in tech by 2027. From a STEM perspective, we sponsor FIRST Robotics teams and partner with organizations such as the Centre de Sciences Montreal. Continuing grassroots efforts with local high schools, Les Audacieuses, engineering job fairs and a technology-focused recruiting campaign underscore Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to advancing women in engineering.”

Maria Valerio

VP Quality and Environment, Health & Safety

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.


We invite you to make a written pledge IMPACT30 (big or small) on how you will tangibly support and encourage Women in Engineering over the next 30 years. If you are interested in participating, please email us a statement (1-2 sentences maximum, in French or English) answering the question: How will you encourage and support Women in Engineering over the next 30 years?  Your answers could range from nominating women in engineering for an industry award to talking to girls about joining the field and anything in-between. In addition to your statement, please send us your name, title and company, as you would like them to appear with your statement. If you have a Twitter account please let us know and we will mention you when we share the statements.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Dr. Catherine Mavriplis

NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering


Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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