POWE is a philanthropic group at McGill University under Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS).

No notion is too big of a commotion for the women in the McGill Faculty of Engineering. So dream big and fear not the restriction, for POWE is here to help discover, mold, support and promote every girl who nestled the ambition to adorn an iron ring.

Whether you are new to the faculty, want to inspire, preparing for life after graduation, or just need a break from that post-midterm headache, POWE has something for everyone.

To learn more about POWE, click here!


**for all of the following updates, please refer to the latest newsletter for detailed info!**

Apr 6, 2015

We're almost at the end!

It's the second last week of classes, but POWE is still going strong! To celebrate the end of a good GREAT FANTASTIC year, come join us at the last General Meeting of the semester, the second installment of the POWErful Alumni Speaker Series "Break the Mold", and the Annual End-of-Year Potluck

Also, a friendly reminder that scholarship deadlines are fast approaching! Both POWE scholarships and Chapeau les filles: Excelle Science are due April 17th.

Stay Strong!

Mar 27, 2015

Two new POWE Scholarship Applications are open!

POWE has two Scholarships this year, the Dedication Award for an engineering student who is involved in POWE and the Leadership Award for female-identified returning engineering students who are involved in their community. For more details, check out the Scholarship page. Deadline is April 17, less than a month away, so apply now before finals hit!


Mar 23, 2015

POWE awarded Club of the Year!!

Club of the Year award

POWE has very recently been awarded "Club of the Year Award" by the Engineering Undergraduate Society of McGill!! We would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE who supported our initiatives, attended our events and volunteered. We hope our #POWErful community continues to grow as we move forward with our initiatives to encourage gender diversity in the Engineering field. If you want to play a vital role in the operation of POWE, apply for an executive position! (More details in the newsletter). Although it feels like the semester has already come to an end, POWE is still on the ball and has a couple more events in store for you! Take a break from all those assignments and group projects and join us for two amazing personal development workshops this week.
-POWE Executive Team

POWE, EUS, and MESC has sent 12 amazing individuals to the WISE (Women in Science and Technology) Conference in Toronto this past weekend. Join us at our general meetings to hear about their experiences at the conference!

Speaking of conferences, our team is excited to be submitting in our bid this week to host the Conference on Diversity in Engineering in 2016! POWE is teaming up with Engineering Without Borders, Queer Engineers, EUS Equity, and national Society of Black Engineers to bring you the best conference yet. We had a full day of brainstorming this weekend and have come up with our vision and themes we want to bring forward. We are looking forward to hearing your feedback on what we have prepared during the POWE meeting this Tuesday! The McGIll Engineering community is awesome and we want you to help us show it!

Mar 9, 2015

POWE Wellness Week is here!

POWE cares about you and your wellbeing, and we are excited to bring you a week full of healthy, fun activities!!!
Ever struggle finding a balance between health, school, and social life? Then you’re a normal McGill student and you’re in luck! The first annual POWE Wellness Week is here to offer you healthy activities and workshops to cleanse and revitalize.
We have a week of fun planned for you and all your friends. Register for the events that interest you! Join the Facebook Event to stay up to date with details and how to sign up!

Mar 8, 2015

International Women's Day

International Women's Day Logo

Happy International Women's Day! We hope you all take the time today to reflect on all the progress we made and the changes that are happening all around us. We hope this awareness will continue to expand until there are no barriers related to gender, until each woman and girl can exercise her choices without fear and discrimination.

"When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all"
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Feb 26, 2015

Why Engineering at McGill?

POWE McGill asked the McGill Engineering student community to share "Why Engineering at McGill?" This is our #BringItOut initiative as part of Engineers Week's Girl Day campaign, to bring out the engineer in every girl! Watch the inspirational compilation below and join us in encouraging others to join the community!

Thank you to Jacqueline Harvey for making the amazing video!

Feb 23, 2015

Get Pumped for POWE Wellness Week!

When: March 9th - 14th

Ever struggle finding a balancing between health, school, and social life? Then you’re a normal McGill student and you’re in luck! The first annual POWE Wellness Week is coming the week after reading week, and we’re ready to help you balance your health and social life. Join us for spin classes, dance classes, ice skating, professional nutritionists, smoothies, yoga, and more! For anyone interested in helping to organize the event, talk to us at the meeting on Tuesday. In the meantime, get pumped!!

Feb 19, 2015


Reminder of a couple EXCITING things this week!!!

Today (Thursday):
Personal Finance Workshop co-hosted with NOBE with free lunch!

POWE Broomball game @1:30pm
Two amazing Leadership events - The Faculty of Engineering Samuel Aberman Leadership Seminar (email engineering.alumni@mcgill.ca to reserve your spot) and the first MWIL Women Leaders Conference

Feb 2, 2015

WISE 2015 Applications are out!

The WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) chapter of the University of Toronto will be hosting its annual conference on March 21-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The WISE National Conference is a 2-day conference where students across Canada come together to share experiences, hear from globally recognized leaders, participate in world-class competitions, and create unforgettable experiences. This is YOUR chance to create an impact for women in STEM fields and to learn more things about your career than you would have ever imagined!

McGill is looking to build a delegation of 12 students who will represent the university at the conference. The registration fee cost, along with the travel to and from the conference and the lodging whilst at the conference will be fully covered by POWE, MESC and the McGill Faculty of Engineering! What are you waiting for? Apply now! Link to apply: http://tinyurl.com/WISE-McGill

The McGill deadline is February 20th.

To learn more information about the conference, refer to their website.

Jan 5, 2015

It's Techweek!

TechWeek is a week-long event focused on celebrating and showcasing the engineering profession as well as learning more about career prospects, current trends in engineering and ongoing research here at McGill. Events include TechTalks by Professors discussing their research, consulting panel, networking event among many others! It's a great chance to get a glimpse of what you can do with your degree! Check out their Facebook Page to stay up to date with all their events this week! One of the events is a "So you want to go to graduate school" Seminar brought to you by POWE, so make sure you go check it out!

Industry Tours
Last semester we went to the Canadian Space Agency, last week we went to L'Oreal, and next month we're going to the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute! There are only half of the original 25 spots left, so reserve your spot at the G-Store asap. You don't want to miss out on this!

What's more: Do you hav a company that you REALLY want to visit? Have you had an internship at a cool company and think it would make a great industry tour? POWE wants YOUR input on industry tours! Tell us all about it here.

Volunteering opportunities
Love our events? Wanna get more involved? Volunteer with us! There are so many volunteering opportunities, from leading a group at our annual conference to visiting highschools, you have all the tools to make an impact on how the next generation sees engineering. Interested? Check out our Volunteer page under "outreach"!

Stay POWErful!

Jan 5, 2015

Welcome Back!
President's Update

Happy New Year to all and may this year bring you growth and happiness! I wish you the best for this upcoming semester and I hope to see you around for some exciting POWE events. Our weekly meetings will take place every Tuesday at 5:30pm in the Engineering Common Room, starting on January 20th. Come chat, debate, hang out and laugh with us, I'd love to see you there!


Dec 7, 2014

Dec 6th. White Rose Week.
Looking forward.

This past week has been so meaningful to us. As the week of Dec 6th draws to a close, we reflect back on the events held in memory of that fateful day, in solidarity with those presently affected by gender-based violence around the globe, and in hopes for a brighter and future ahead.

To commemorate and empower women in engineering, the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering asked leaders in the engineering community to pledge how they will support this cause for the next 25 years. This is our pledge, and we plan on sticking to every letter of it.

A big thank you to everyone who donated and wore the white ribbon. Thanks to your contribution, POWE made a donation of $228.40 to the whiteroseweek.org, which pays to send girls to FolieTechnique, a science day camp during the summer organized by Polytechnique. In details, this amount will pay for:
- 1 girl to attend science day camp for one week during the summer
- A science activity in an elementary school classroom, and
- Transportation for 3 girls to attend a science activity.

If you missed out on the excitement, don't worry. POWE members were also invited during the week by CBC to participate in talking about what we do and to join a larger discussion on where we are now in terms of violence against women. You can watch the coverage by clicking on the images.

And as if that wasn't enough, last week we reached the milestone of having 500 likes on our facebook page! we are so proud to have come so far. Thank you for your continued support, we definitely won't let you down!

And finally, lots of warm Happy Holiday wishes from your execs!

SEE YOU IN 2015!!! :)

Dec 1, 2014

25th Anniversary of the Polytechnique Tragedy and CBC(!!)

POWE made it to CBC WHAAAT!! Our POWErful alumni speaker series that was kick-started last Thursday with Lea Poquerusse, was featured on CBC Montreal news (watch at 11:07).

On a more sombre note, the 25th anniversary of the Polytechnique Tragedy is approching. On December 6th, 1989, a gunman killed 14 women, including 13 students and an employee in the Engineering department at L’École Polytechnique, in the name of "fighting feminism". The anniversary of this tragic event has become Canada’s National Day of Commemoration and Action on Violence against Women. To mark the 25th commemoration of the tragedy, several events are being organized both at McGill and external to the campus.
Please click on the pictures for more information on the individual events.




The entire McGill community is invited to attend these events; please feel free to share the information with people who you think might be interested.

In addition, POWE will be tabling in the McConnell hallway on December 4th and SACOMSS will be tabling in the Y-intersection on December 3rd and 4th. Drop by if you want to know more about this tragic event, how it has affected the future of women in engineering and/or share your thoughts with us.

For more information, please contact us at powe@mcgilleus.ca

Nov 24, 2014

Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Polytechnique Tragedy

On Dec. 6, 1989, fourteen women at Ecole Polytechnique, twelve of them engineering students, were murdered in the name of "fighting feminism". POWE would like to extend an invitation to all students, staff, alumni, and any other members of the McGill community to join us in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Polytechnique tragedy.

Kindly confirm your attendance through this invitation: http://tinyurl.com/powe-poly25. We welcome you to share this invitation with whoever would wish to partake in this ceremony.

Nov 24, 2014

POWErful Alumni Speaker Series Launch
Unlock Your Potential

POWE is launching a new speaker series this Thursday: POWErful Alumni, to further our mission to promote professional development for engineering students. Want to unlock your potential and feel comfortable with the unknown road ahead? Then join us at our first speaker event! We have invited Léa Poquérusse, who obtained her Bachelor and Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill and MIT respectively.She is currently pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate Business School and has worked on developing energy projects for a consulting firm, from Toronto to Dubai.

Make sure to join us on Thursday November 27th where Lea will tell us her story of just how circuitous 5 years out of McGill can be. She will also share insights on how to best prepare and manage the unknown road ahead, how to set and achieve your goals and the importance of mentoring in her life.

Bring all your questions about life after graduation and come meet an inspiring alumna!

ALSO: Do you want POWE to continue hosting awesome workshops for you, accompanied with delicious food? Then help us secure our funding from the McGill Engineering Student Centre! All you need to do is fill out this form with your name and student ID. Why do we need this information? - Because in order to get support from the faculty, we are required to provide them with a list of our active members. The information you provide won't be used for any other purpose. Thank you for helping us!

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Nov 17, 2014

Negotiation workshop update and more:

Due to popular demand, the Negotiation Workshop with Jerie Shaw has been relocated to McConnell 11 to increase the capacity. Space is still limited, so you must RSVP on MyFuture (Keyword: POWE) to attend!

As usual there is a plethora of upcoming events, including events external to POWE, so make sure you check these out on the newsletter page:

PS: Stay tuned for a POWErful speaker series launching very very soon!

Nov 9, 2014


POWE is partnering up with EWB (Engineering Without Borders) and launching a more comprehensive school outreach program starting this month. We will be going to elementary, high school, and CEGEPS to inspire students and redefine what it means to be an engineer. To volunteer with the outreach program, please sign up HERE. Also, check out this great article in the Plumber's Ledger about this initiative!

In addition, we are bringing you 3 new events in November: a negotiation workshop, IT industry speaker Risa Dickens, community director at Yelp.ca, and an awesome Baja-POWE hangout.

That's all for now, stay POWErful!

October 25, 2014

NEWS FLASH! CSA Industry Tour & Speed Mentoring: Limited Space

POWE is presenting two amazing events:
POWE Speed Mentoring (Nov 5)
The CSA Industry Tour (Nov 13)

They both have limited space, so RSVP now to reserve your spot. To register:
- for Speed networking, go to the MyFuture website (Keyword: POWE).
- for the CSA tour, fill out THIS FORM .
Spots are going quick, so sign up ASAP!

On another note, Shadow Days registrations are now open - click here to sign up. Shadow day is the perfect opportunity for prospective students to discover how university life is as an engineering student. So if you are a high school or CEGEP student considering engineering or are just curious, come spend a day with us!

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October 15, 2014

Interactive weekly meeting and more!

Hope you had a productive/enjoyable/restful long weekend! We missed our weekly meeting yesterday because of the holidays, but fear not! We will be holding a interactive weekly meeting today at 5:30pm. In addition, the date for the Mentor-Mentee Social has finally been decided as Tuesday October 21, 5:30pm.

Powe would also like to announce that we have a strong and diversified delegation for NCWiE. Simrin Desai, Emilie Froeliger, Mariam Hachem, Anna Henley, Karuna Kadam, Jacqueline Varey will be representing McGill at the conference, and they will do their best to bring back all that they learn and share with the whole POWE and EUS community. A report will be available later, for everyone's reference. Be ready to follow @ncwie and look out for #ncwie2014 for live updates.

Another campaign POWE is participating in is the "Dear First Year Me", a campaign started by the NSERC/Pratt & Whitney Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Ontario. The project's main goal is to provide encouragement to future leaders through the insight of those who have already begun their university journey. Sit down for a moment, write a letter to your younger self. What advice would you have given to the young you?
Share with us at powemcgill@gmail.com with the subject line: "#Dear1stYearMe". Your writing will be published on their page.

Want more? Check out our newsletter and events page for Tech-Talk, #ladieslearningcode, Girls Learning Code Day, FounderFue Female Founders Panel, and more!

Lots of POWE love,

October 6, 2014

Last week = #POWElove #POWEpride #POWErful!!!

We want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted an essay, convinced their friends to do so, spammed their friends’ wall, harassed strangers to write for them, etc… it was worth it!!! POWE won the Schlumberger Stilettos to Steel Toes contest with an impressive total of 360 submissions (previous record was 93) and a total amount of 17000$ in sponsorship. Be ready to take advantage of the gazillions of events our execs are planning for you (+more free food than ever)!

In addition to the essay contest, this past Sunday, POWE raised a total of $1400 in donations and ran 5k in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Training has officially ended for the “Run for the Cure”. For those of you who would like to continue running, we will vote on day/times that work best for everyone at the meeting tomorrow. If you can’t make it to the meeting tomorrow but still want to run with us, send an email to claire.reierson@gmail.com with your day/time preference.

Finally, the Em(POWE)r mentor-mentee pairings have now been assigned, check your emails and stay tuned for the mentor/mentee social that's coming up!
For other intersting events like the Forum on Diversity and Inclusivity in Engineering, Forum on Suustainability in our Curriculum, etc, please see our newsletter.

Lots of POWE love,

September 29, 2014

We need your help!

As of right now, McGill is tied for 2nd place with 67 (and counting!) essays submitted so far in the Schlumberger Essay Contest. The essays are due TOMORROW at midnight! Each submission earns 100$ for POWE so we can continue to run awesome workshops for you. On top of that, you have a chance to win $2000/$1000/$500/$250! So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY!!!
You can submit your essay HERE.

September 22, 2014

What's POWE up to this week?

**for all of the following updates, please refer to the latest newsletter for detailed info!**

Coordinator positions for POWE are due September 28. These are open to all students, please fill out THIS FORM if you are interested.
Schlumberger Essay Contest is due October 1st (next Wednesday). Don't forget that you have a chance to win $2000/$1000/$500/$250, and each submission earns 100$ for POWE regardless! You can submit your essay HERE.
NCWiE Delegate Applications are now open! They are due Friday October 3 . Please print and fill out THIS FORM and leave it in the EUS VP External's mailbox.

Apple Picking!! (ft. EAC) -- Come Apple Picking with POWE and EAC (Engineering Adventure Committee) on Sunday September 28th! Tickets will be sold starting Tuesday at the Gstore. Click HERE for more information!
Tech Fair Workshop -- Monday September 29th at 5:30pmin the Engineering Common Room. Click HERE for more information!

September 15, 2014

Ice Cream, Cookies, Cupcakes, OH MY!

Even if you didn't get the Wizard of Oz reference, the message is clear: Join POWE for two delicious events today, the Ice Cream Social and the BAKE SALE!!!

Ice Cream Social: Today 5:30pm @ Trottier Mezannine
Come for the YUM, stay for the FUN (yes we have lactose-free sorbets too :D )

Bake Sale: Today 11am-4pm @ McConnell Hallway
Enjoy some sweets, all donations will go towards our Run for the Cure campaign!


PPS: The NCWiE Head Delegate Application is DUE TODAY!!

September 11, 2014

Off to a running start

The semester is now in full swing, and we have a plethora of exciting events to help you hit the ground running. From our Free Ice Cream Social to the Schlumberger Essay Contest, there's bound to be one that interests you!

Please click on the links for more information, and read the latest newsletter or visit us on facebook or twitter for real-time updates.

PS: Sorry for all the running idioms; clearly, we're very pumped up about Run for the Cure!

September 8, 2014

Welcome back! - a message from the President

Welcome to all the newly admitted and welcome back to all the other McGill engineering students! It is already time for the start of a new semester, and if you are like me, you have a feeling that summer passed right by, way too fast. Let's just hope for an Indian summer, so that we have a buffer period to enjoy a few OAP beers in the sun before endless snowstorms are upon us.

My name is Stéphanie Breton and I am truly excited to have been elected POWE President for this academic year. This year, we have a team of highly dedicated executive members who have already been preparing a panoply of events for students to enjoy this semester. Stay tuned for a new workshop focused on negotiation skills, the traditional Women in Engineering Speed-Mentoring, a LinkedIn Workshop version 2.0 and other exciting events to develop your professional skills and mingle with your engineering peers. As always, we LOVE new members and we encourage all of you to get in touch with us if you would like to get involved. Keep a lookout for our newsletter and join us at our weekly meetings every Monday, at 5:30 in the Engineering common room (McConnell basement). Lastly, I wish you all the best for your years at McGill. Don’t hesitate to promote the POWErful community to all the new female engineering students!

February 23rd, 2014

POWE Speed Networking

Join POWE for an evening of Speed Networking with successful female engineers!

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with up to 25 professionals with engineering backgrounds, gain important industry insights, and, of course, practice your networking skills. The evening will consist of a speed-networking rotation followed by open discussion and networking at the end of the evening. Professionals from companies including, but not limited to, Pratt & Whitney, Shell Canada, Ubisoft, SNC-Lavalin, and the Canadian Space Agency will be present.

Light dinner will be provided.
Attire: Business Casual

Please RSVP on My Future. This event is limited to women only.

Where: McGill New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc
When: Tuesday, March 11th from 6:00pm-8:15pm

February 22nd, 2014

POWE and MWIL Present: Microsoft Inspiring Women

How can the fusion of an intelligent, powerful, and perseverant woman lead to the perfect leadership position?

Join guest speaker Irene Giannoumis, Senior Software Test Lead at Microsoft, as she shares her inspirational journey to her leadership position.

This event is a great opportunity to learn from the life experiences of inspirational women who have had great leadership impact. The inspiring image of Irene will instill confidence in students whilst preparing them for the workforce. We hope for this event to serve as a means for students to explore career opportunities, to network with industry professionals and get an insight on what it's like to work at Microsoft.

Refreshments and drinks will be served. There will also be prizes!.

Where: McGill McConnell Engineering MC 11
When: Thursday, February 27th 2014, from 6:00pm-8:00pm

February 21st, 2014

POWE Conference for Future Women Engineers 2014

On friday, Feb 21st 2014 our annual Conference for Future Women Engineers took place!

70 delegates spent the day at McGill learning about the various discipline within engineering!

A big thank you goes out to our guest speaker Isabel Fernandez from Kiewit, all the professors who spoke on the professor panel, Sustainability in Engineering at McGill for coordinating the lunch, MESC and of course the VOLUNTEERS!

We could have never inspired all these young women with out you! THANK YOU!

January 26th, 2014


Here are some articles that we found interesting this week!

Found other interesting articles? Don't hesitate to send them to us to be featured next week!
October 31st, 2013

Gardens of Light at the Montreal Botanical Garden

POWE is going to the Gardens of Light at the Montreal Botanical Garden this Saturday evening to enjoy the magical scenery of the lanterns! We will be meeting in late afternoon at the president's place for some food and games. Then we will head to the garden for 6:30-7:00PM (Botanical Garden, Pie-IX Metro station on the green line) and the cost will be between 10-15$ depending on the number of attendees. Check the Facebook event page for more information! :)

October 27th, 2013

McGill Open House!

We had a lot of fun meeting prospective engineering students and POWE members! If you are currently in High School/Cegep/University and want to know more about studying engineering at McGill, join our Shadow Day program. Fill out the form here if you are interested!

October 20th, 2013

POWE Blues Pub!

POWE, Reboot and QE Blues Pub was a huge success!! Thanks to all of you who came! We will be doing another one next semester so hope to see you guys there again!

October 1st, 2013

Stilettos to Steel Toes Essay Contest

Congratulations and thanks to all the people who have submitted their essays for Stilettos to Steel Toes essay contest! We beat the past McGill record with 95 essays submitted and we were placed 5th in overall.

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