Started from an interest expressed from women in the infrastructure industry to network with each other, WIN was initially established informally across the country in Canada in Toronto, Vancouver and Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary) to bring women together across disciplines. Since that time, due to the overwhelming interest, we have added chapters in Ottawa and Montréal, in addition to expanding our base to over 1,000 members across Canada. WIN has evolved into a dynamic forum designed for women in infrastructure to help facilitate connections and networking, exchange ideas, and help shape the infrastructure agenda. Members represent a diverse group across the entire spectrum of participants in the infrastructure industry and include members of public agencies, equity sponsors, infrastructure and pension funds, commercial and investment banks, law firms, financial, technical and insurance advisory firms, engineering and construction firms, operations and maintenance providers.
With over 1,000 active members across Canada and growing each year, bi-annual and quarterly events are held across the country and attract significant interest. We have established formal connections with our global counterparts in the U.S., UK and Australia and the new WIN chapter in New Zealand to facilitate global networking across our various chapters. Steering Committees across the chapters have included some of the most senior women in infrastructure who have a keen interest in fostering networking and development of women in the infrastructure field.
In 2015, WIN launched the WIN Awards Program to honour the achievements of women across Canada in this field through the WIN Outstanding Leader Award and the WIN Emerging Leader Award. The inaugural 2015 WIN Awards were met with great success and significant interest. The 2016 WIN Awards, as WIN’s flagship event across Canada, was even better with approximately 460 people attending and networking simultaneously through linked video in five cities across Canada. WIN will be continuing this now annual program and event for 2017.