November 17: Supporting Safe STEM Workplaces – WomanACT & SCWIST

Thursday, November 17 2022
12:00 - 1:00pm (MST)
Online Only

Register at: CSPG GeoWomen Page 
This is a FREE event - All genders welcome - No membership required.


Workplaces are a part of greater social and cultural eco-systems and issues of gender-based and sexual harassment are symptoms of deeply entrenched gender inequalities. While the #MeToo movement has demonstrated that sexual harassment is not an individual, but an institutional problem, workplaces struggle to effectively address the root causes that enable harmful behaviours to persist. The high rates of harassment and violence tell us that organizational cultures continue to normalize and accept harmful behaviours such as “banter”, inappropriate jokes about someone’s gender identity or expression, and ignoring or mistreating someone because of sexual orientation – all without repercussions . As a result, workplaces need to rethink how gender-based and sexual harassment is addressed, by shifting away from minimizing legal liability to creating organizational cultures and norms that prevent gender and sexual harassment from occurring in the first place.
Together, WomanACT and SCWIST (the Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology) are working in partnership with employers to implement evidence-based solutions to preventing and responding to gender-based and sexual harassment – so that workplaces are safe for everyone.
Literature Review: Safe STEM Workplaces
Project Details

Mallory Hilkewich | Education and Training Manager, WomanACT

Mallory Hilkewich has over 12 years of experiences leading capacity building programs and organizational development. Mallory has led policy assessments and development, ensuring that organizations structurally address safety, equity, and inclusion. Mallory brings passion and skills in adult learning and trauma-informed practice. She has a M.S.W. in Social Justice, Diversity & Community Development, and certificate in Adult Learning & Development.

Heather Kennedy, P. Eng

Heather Kennedy is a metallurgical engineer from Queen’s University, Heather also holds a Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards and Tribunals. In her 40+ year career, Heather has worked in senior roles in both the private and public sector. She has operations, projects and capital expansions experience. Additionally policy, regulatory, human resources and stakeholder relations leadership all focused on the intersection of resource extraction and community development.

For more than 25 years she has contributed to and led numerous not-for-profit and community organizations. She currently serves on corporate boards and volunteers with organizations that facilitate interest in and access to STEM for women or other underrepresented groups.