The Institute was created in 2007 under the name of INWES-Education and Research Institute. It was incorporated the 29th of November 2007 under the Canada Corporations Act. It was designated as a Charitable Organization on the 28th of February 2008 (BN #2690 2751 RR0001).
The organisation name was changed in 2019 to The Canadian Institute for Women in Engineering and Sciences (CIWES).
Its activities are conducted through a board of directors and diverse committees.