Launching the Canadian Archive of Women in STEM June 19th, 2018

Increasing signs of interest for the Archive project were expressed throughout 2017 and 2018.

A fundraising campaign was launched by Monique Frize, Claire Deschênes and Ruby Heap, which yielded financial contributions from organizations such as NSERC, Engineers Canada/Ingénieurs Canada, l’AFFESTIM (Association de la francophonie à propos des femmes en sciences, technologies, ingénierie et mathématiques), and the FRQ (Fonds de recherche du Québec). In the meantime, a succession of meetings with the University of Ottawa’s Chief Librarian and the CEO of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) resulted in the creation of a formal partnership between the University of Ottawa Library, LAC and INWES-ERI, which successfully negotiated the creation of the Canadian Archive of Women in STEM.

The project was officially launched at the University of Ottawa on June 19th, 2018, in presence of the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, of Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Officer, of Guy Berthiaume, CEO of LAC and of Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

The following links provide examples of the media coverage dedicated to this important event and its outcomes:—minister-duncan-to-highlight-the-government-of-canada-s-strong-support-for-science-at-the-launch-of-a-new-centre-of-expertise-for-women-in-stem


Launching event on June 19, 2018. From left to right: Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ottawa, Guy Berthiaume, CEO, Library and Archives Canada, Monique Frize (INWES-ERI), Claire Deschênes (INWES-ERI), Edith Ducharme (student member of Affestim), Mona Nemer (Canada’s Chief Science Advisor), Ruby Heap (INWES-ERI), Mélissa Fortin (PhD student member of Affestim), Leslie Weir,(University of Ottawa Chief Librarian), Catherine Mavriplis (NSERC / Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario)
Launching event on June 19, 2018. From left to right: Ruby Heap, Claire Deschênes, Monique Frize.
A touching moment when Monique Frize presented her book to the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, at the project-launch on June 19th 2018.