WES 2022


Allyship at the Forefront of 30 by 30


Friday, June 17, 2022


Registrations coming soon, meanwhile check out our Essay Contest.



Share with the world why you wish to obtain a license as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) by entering our essay competition.


A total of $5,000.00 in cash prizes will be awarded!


Winning essays may be published on the Women in Engineering Summit website, providing an added incentive for authors to submit their P.Eng. or P.Geo. application to their provincial engineering regulator, and energize their career.



Prizes: Each winner will receive a $500.00 cash prize with a total of ten (10) different winners selected!

2021 Essay Contest – Why do I want to obtain my License as P.Eng. or P.Geo.?

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The Women in Engineering Summit was born in 2016 when founder Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, a pipeline engineer at the time, saw the challenges and rewards for a woman engineer to stay in the profession. When Claudia learned of the 30 by 30 Initiative by Engineers Canada, she saw an opportunity to create a space where experiences and practical solutions for staying in the profession from graduation until retirement could be shared.


This 30 by 30 Initiative, first conceived by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in 2010, was adopted by Engineers Canada as the national goal of raising the percentage of newly-licensed engineers and geoscientists who are women, to 30 per cent by the year 2030. Thirty per cent is universally held as the tipping point for sustainable change—reaching 30 by 30 will help drive the shift in the overall membership of the engineering profession as more and more women continue to enter the profession.

For your essay to be considered, authors must identify as female, be legal residents of Canada, and include proof of payment of their P.Eng. or P.Geo. license application fee to a provincial engineering regulator, during the contest period. Note the contest period means to include registrations made from before marketing for the contest began. The prizes will serve as financial aid for people who already paid for the license application. Note that earning the P.Eng. or P.Geo. license during the contest period is not a requirement to enter the essay competition.


Contest Period: May 1st, 2021 to May 1st, 2022


Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2022 by 11:59pm MST

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  1. The Contest is open only to legal residents of Canada.
  2. Submissions will be considered from people who identify as female, and who have applied for a P.Eng. (Professional Engineer) or a P.Geo. (Professional Geoscientist) license to their Canadian provincial engineering regulator during the contest period of May 1st, 2021 to May 1st, 2022.
  3. Earning a P.Eng. or a P.Geo. during the contest period is not a requirement, but the application to the provincial regulator must be made during the contest period.
  4. Essay must be between 300-500 words, not including references.
  5. Essay entry must include a title bar with the name of the author, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  6. Entry must also include proof of payment, during the contest period, of the P.Eng. or P.Geo. license application fee to their Canadian provincial engineering regulator. If the author already had the application fees paid for by an employer, they must include in the essay why they still deserve the prize.
  7. The 2 parts of each entry, essay and proof of payment, must be submitted online in .pdf format as a single file.
  8. Entries may only be submitted once. Further submissions with revisions will not be accepted.
  9. Essays will be judged on the clear response to the question of why becoming a P.Eng. or becoming a P.Geo. is important for the applicant, the engineering industry, or the country of Canada. Judges will be looking for passion, originality, word limit, grammar, and descriptive language.
  10. All entries and ideas become the property of the Women in Engineering Summit. In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners will be published in the Women in Engineering Summit website and shared in associated social media posts.
  11. Winners will be announced in June 2022.

Submit your essay!