About Regina Women's History Month

In 1990 the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) created the Women in Engineering Task Group to prepare for the Prairie Forum on Women in Engineering.  Forums were held across Canada to address issues raised following the 1989 murder of fourteen women engineering students at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. After the forum the task group became the Women in Engineering Committee (WEC) and undertook various activities to raise awareness and encourage women to consider entering the engineering profession.  One event that WEC organized was the
Women’s History Month (WHM) Reception, an event to celebrate the achievements of women.

The event had a ‘wine and cheese’ format and featured a key note speaker and opportunities for networking.  No admission was charged to ensure there were no barriers to attendance.  A theme for the event was chosen every year based on the speaker’s background and/or recent issues related to challenges faced by women.  Young people were encouraged to attend and in some years a demonstration was provided such as a cryogenics show by the Saskatchewan Science Centre staff. The event continued for five years ending when the WEC was discontinued.

In 2005 a group of women including representatives from numerous professions and interest groups formed the Women’s History Month Committee with a mandate to organize the annual WHM Reception.  APEGS provides administrative support and meeting rooms for the committee.  The event is funded through corporate sponsorship and continues to charge no admission.

The WHM Reception features a key note speaker, displays by groups or organizations related to the achievements and/or challenges faced by women and opportunities for networking.

1992 Debra Anderson
1993 Margaret Ball
1994 Panel Discussion on Telecommuting
1995 Honourable Sylvia Fedoruk

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