Women in Technology and Trades

Skilled trades student working

What is WITT?

WITT is a group that increases opportunities and supports for women in technology and trades in all fields, through a rich networking and support community. WITT welcomes industry, staff, students and faculty across all areas of the college and all genders, backgrounds, races and orientation to become involved and contribute to the support of women in technology and/or trades.

WITT strives to provide:

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Networking opportunities
  • Career exploration
  • Pathways for success

Did you know?

In 2017, Mohawk participated in a Canada 150 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshop. Participants at this workshop identified the need for females in technology to network as a community.

Also in 2017, Mohawk conducted a research project on women in trades that confirmed that while the general workforce is comprised of both men and women, in skilled trades only 3-5% of the workforce is comprised of women. As the average age of skilled trade workers approaches retirement, there is a clear opportunity for women and other underrepresented groups to seek rewarding careers in skilled trades. As a result of these findings, WITT was formed.

New: Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women
In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. Learn more about these incentive grants at Government of Canada.

Upcoming Events

Feel free to stop in at one of our upcoming activities.

Coffee Hour

Room EA006 at Fennell Campus
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Dates: TBD

Room C118 at Stoney Creek
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Dates: TBD

WITT Speaker Series

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Mohawk College - Fennell Campus, Room EA015
The Joyce Centre of Partnership & Innovation
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Theatre

Hear from a panel of experienced women who will share their stories, and offer their experience on school, career, industry, and everything in between.

Guest Speakers:

  • Shanta Nathwani, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Weever Apps
  • Linda Smith, Computer and Mobile Forensics, Founder CodifyZone
  • Dr. Marilyn Powers, PhD P.Eng., Mohawk College Professor, Project & Product Management, Software Solutions & AR/VR
  • Amy Carter, Automation/Software Product Manager, Gerrie Electric

Register today!

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Mohawk College - Stoney Creek Campus, Room C132
Marshall School of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship

Hear from a panel of experienced women who will share their stories, and offer their experience on school, career, industry, and everything in between.

Guest Speakers:

  • Brandylyn Tiffney, Horticulturist, City of Hamilton
  • Pike Krpan, City of Hamilton, Firefighter
  • Blazenka Monachino, Grid Operations Field Manager, Hydro One
  • Claudia Morgillo, Fix Auto
  • Kelsey Calligaro, Millwright, Arcelor Mittal Dofasco

Register today!

Contact Us

If you would like to receive ongoing communication about events and upcoming opportunities with WITT, connect with us!

For more information on how to participate, please contact Liz Martin at elizabeth.martin6 [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: WITT%20Inquiry) .

If you are an industry professional and are looking to support WITT, please contact Rebecca Isowa at rebecca.isowa [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: WITT%20Industry%20Inquiry) .