2017 BC Diversity Groups & Organizations - curated by BC Tech Association
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2017 BC DIVERSITY GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS
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This resource was created as a reference for BC companies to connect and get involved with groups focused on diversity, inclusion and belonging.
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Last updated on1/4/2018
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NAMEGEOGRAPHICAL AREATECH-SPECIFICDESCRIPTIONWEBSITE
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WOMEN IN TECH
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Ladies learning codeCanadaYesCoding workshops for women, girls, kidshttp://ladieslearningcode.com/
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Girls in techGlobalYesConferences, hackatons, workshops, support for womenhttps://girlsintech.org/
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Women who hack (women hack)North America / UKYesRecruiting events for womenhttps://womenhack.com/
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BC Women In Technology (BCWIT)BCYesfor women members of ASTTBC, promote events, support for womenhttp://bcwit.com/
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VanWITVancouverYesmentorship, networking, educationhttps://vanwit.ca/
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SCWISTCanadaYesevents, youth programs, scholarships, volunteering, etchttp://www.scwist.ca/
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Women in Tech World @wintechworldCanadaYesevents, workshops for women in techhttp://drivingwomenintech.com
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Make PossibleCanadaYesmentoring network and pro dev created by SCWIST for women in science and techhttp://beta.makepossible.ca/
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Tech LadiesNorth AmericaYesonline workshops, connection to jobs, networking for women in techhttps://www.hiretechladies.com/
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NCWIT - National Centre for Women & Information Technology (US)
USYesresources, practical guides, etc. to advance women in technologyhttps://www.ncwit.org/
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IwistVancouver IslandYesmembership, events, networking for women in STEMhttp://www.iwist.ca/
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WWest (with SFU and NSERC)BC, YukonYesprograms and events to support women in STEMhttps://www.sfu.ca/wwest.html
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Women In Film and Television VancouverVancouverYesworkshops, mentorships, events for women in film and tvhttp://www.womeninfilm.ca/
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CanWITGlobalYesLinkedin group / forum for women in techhttps://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815
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Women in Communications and TechnologyCanadaYesadvocacy, mentorship, leadership, webinars for women in ICThttps://www.wct-fct.com/en
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Wired WomanCanadaYesmentorship, networking, events for women in tech, science and new media
https://wiredwomansociety.wordpress.com/aboutwiredwoman/
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TechGirls CanadaCanadaYes
national leadership and community not-for-profit and industry groups working towards encouraging girls to consider tech careers.
http://www.techgirls.ca/
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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
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Forum for Women Entrepreneurs - FWEVancouverNoprograms, events, mentoring for women entrepreneushttp://www.fwe.ca/
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eWomen NetworkNorth AmericaNoConferences and events for women entrepreneurshttps://ewomennetwork.com/
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Women’s enterprise centre (part of WEOC)BCNo
skills training, mentorship, loans, resources, free advice, events for women entrepreneurs starting their businesses
http://www.womensenterprise.ca/
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Ladies who launchOnlineNobusiness resources, templates, stories, tips for women entrepreneurshttp://www.ladieswholaunch.com/
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Enterprising Mom’s Network - VancouverVancouverNosupport, networking and events group for entrepreneurial moms.https://www.facebook.com/EMVancouver/
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SheEONorth AmericaNosupport for women-led ventures and funding.https://sheeo.world/
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Women's Venture Capital FundNorth AmericaNoventure capital funding for women entrepreneurs in Pacific Northwest and CAhttp://www.womensvcfund.com/
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Futurpreneur CanadaCanadaNoearly stage non-dilutive financing + mentorship + workshops + national networkwww.futurpreneur.ca
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FrontFundrCanadaNoonline platform to connect investors and entrepreneurshttps://www.frontfundr.com/
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WOMEN C-LEVEL
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Women presidents’ organizationGlobalNoMembership for select women presidents only.https://www.womenpresidentsorg.com/
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Discovery Foundation Women Leaders in Tech BLAST program
BCYesfuture support group for c-level women in techhttp://discoveryfoundation.purposefive.com/
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Mom CEO AcademyVancouverNoevents, workshops for mom CEOshttps://www.facebook.com/momceoacademy/
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The Woman's AdvantageNorth AmericaNoclosed forums for women who are serious business ownershttps://womansadvantage.com/
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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
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Minerva FoundationVancouverNoprograms for women leadership, gender parity, indigenous groups, etc.https://theminervafoundation.com/
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Women in Leadership FoundationCanadaNoevents, conference, mentorship for women leadershttps://www.womeninleadership.ca/
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Women's Executive NetworkCanadaNospeakers, workshops to inspire women to leadhttps://www.wxnetwork.com/
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Women's Leadership Circle (Greater Vancouver Board of Trade)
VancouverNowomen's business networking group
https://www.boardoftrade.com/programs/women-s-leadership-circle
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WNorthWhistlerNoboutique conference for female leadershttp://wnorthconference.com/
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WOMEN IN OTHER BC REGIONS
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Women of WhistlerWhistlerNonetwork of business women in Whistlerhttp://womenofwhistler.com/
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Kelowna Women in BusinessKelownaNoevents, networking for business women in Kelownahttp://kwib.org/
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Nanaimo Women's Business NetworkNanaimoNoevents, networking for business women in Nanaimohttp://www.nanaimowbn.com/
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Self-employed Women's NetworkSunshine CoastNoevents, networking, mentorship for self-employed women in Sunshine Coasthttps://www.sunshinesewn.com/
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WOMEN GENERAL
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University Women's Club of VancouverVancouverNomission to stimulate intellectual activity, public affairs, provide scholarships, etc.http://www.uwcvancouver.ca/
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Dress for SuccessGlobalNoprofessional attire, career services, pro dev programshttps://www.dressforsuccess.org/
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Crave VancouverVancouverNoMeetup group to support women in their life changeshttps://www.meetup.com/CRAVE-Vancouver/
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Pink TankVancouverNoevents, connections, motivation for women in businesshttps://www.pinktankgroup.com/
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DNA VancouverVancouverNonetworking and events group for professional womenhttp://www.dnavancouver.com/
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Professional Women's NetworkVancouverNonetworking and events group for professional womenhttp://www.pwncanada.ca/
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The Connected WomanVancouverNonetworking and events group for professional womenhttps://theconnectedwoman.com/
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Young Women in BusinessCanadaNoevents and programs to grow careers in businesshttps://ywib.ca/
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Dynamic Women in ActionVancouverNonetworking group for womenhttp://dynamicwomeninaction.com/
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PowHER HouseCanadaNowomen's media organization, maganizes, eventshttps://www.powherhouse.com/
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She TalksVancouverNoweekly radio shows and events to share storieshttp://www.shetalks.life/
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CatalystGlobalNo
research and data, events, services to support advancement of women in inclusive workplaces - some tech specific data
http://www.catalyst.org/
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AAUWUSNovarious programs to empower women, including STEM specifichttp://www.aauw.org/
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Solving the equation (ebook)OnlineYesrecommended ebook about women in engineering and computinghttp://www.aauw.org/research/solving-the-equation/
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Women of InfluenceCanadaNoevents, courses, networking for professional women looking to advance careershttp://www.womenofinfluence.ca/
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Focus@WorkVancouverNofree job search program for women looking for employment
https://ywcavan.org/programs/employment-programs-services/employment-programs/focus-work
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Women In Clean TechVancouverNoinformal group for women specifically working in the clean tech sectorelaine.grotefeld@odgersberndtson.com
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FIRST NATIONS
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Native Education CollegeVancouverNolooking to start a program in technology soonhttp://www.necvancouver.org/
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First Nations Technology CouncilBCYesaddresses tech needs of first nations communities, delivers tech training onsitehttp://www.technologycouncil.ca/
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Indigenous WorksCanadaNo
focus on supporting companies on indigenous employment and inclusion, looking to do something tech-specific in the future
https://indigenousworks.ca/en
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ACCESSVancouverNoemployment services for aboriginal peoplehttp://www.accessfutures.com/
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BESTBCNoaboriginal business and entrepreneurship skills training programhttp://aboriginalbest.com/
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Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship ProgramBCNo
program for high school aboriginal students to enhance business and entrepreneurship skills
http://www.themfi.ca/programs/aboriginal-youth-entrepreneurship-program-ayep
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OLDER WORKERS
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YMCA Experience WorksVancouverNosupport for older workers to find employment, some in technology
https://gv.ymca.ca/Programs/Employment/Experience-Works?location=9b311823-670d-44c1-a56b-5fc17ca5d2c0
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NEW IMMIGRANTS
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ISS of BCBCNovarious general programs for new immigrantshttp://issbc.org/
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SUCCESS Project Based Traning iCTVancouverYestech-specific program for highly skilled tech professionals
http://www.successbc.ca/eng/services/employment-services/4364-project-based-training-pbt-information-communication-and-technology
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MOSAIC Fast-track to ITVancouverYestech-specific program for highly skilled tech professionals with practicum
https://www.mosaicbc.org/services/employment/fast-track-to-it/
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Pacific Immigration Resources SocietyVancouverNoservices for immigrant women and young childrenhttp://pirs.bc.ca/
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WorkBCBCNomultitude of programs and services available for job seekershttps://www.workbc.ca/
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North Shore Multicultural SocietyNorth ShoreNosettlement and employment serviceshttp://nsms.ca/
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Newcomers CanadaCanadaNogeneral resources and career fairs for new immigrantshttps://www.newcomerscanada.ca/
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MOSAIC Fast-track to IT - Youth VancouverYessimilar to MOSAIC's FIT program but focused on 15-30yrs with practicum
https://www.mosaicbc.org/services/employment/fast-track-fit-youth/
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Immigrant Employment Coucil of BC (IECBC)VancouverNoconnects employers to immigrant talenthttps://iecbc.ca/
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K-12
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The Learning Partnership Coding QuestCanadaYesprogram to bring coding framework for grades 4 to 6 in schools
https://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/what-we-do/student-programs/coding-quest
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Doors Open to Technology (DOT)BCYes2-day program for high school students across BC to get exposure to tech sector
http://www.wearebctech.com/community/news/bc-tech-blog/2016/10/14/doors-open-to-technology
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Hour of CodeGlobalYeshour of code events around the world that can be organized by anyonehttps://hourofcode.com/ca
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