In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the importance of supporting women pursuing careers in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) by making education in these fields more accessible.
The NWMO committed to a new partnership with Ontario Tech University in 2020 to support The Nuclear Waste Management Organization Women for STEM Scholarship and The Nuclear Waste Management Organization Indigenous Student Success Award. The Women for STEM scholarships are part of a program that the university launched in 2019, with the goal of increasing gender parity in STEM careers. The NWMO supported these scholarships from the program's beginning, with a five-year commitment to help sustain them for the years to come.
“At the NWMO, we know promoting diversity in STEM and in the nuclear industry starts with increasing access to education," said Lisa Frizzell, Vice President of Communications at the NWMO. “We’re committed to supporting access to STEM for women, Indigenous people and other historically underrepresented groups, and look forward to the innovative ideas these groups will continue to contribute to STEM fields in the future.”
About the NWMO
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization implementing Canada’s plan to safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Ignace area and South Bruce, both in Ontario.