Studies show that, in comparison to other professions, the retention rate for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) roles is much lower. As a company committed to diversity and inclusion, Teck is focused on retaining and supporting women in STEM.
As part of this commitment, in 2018 we joined Project RISE, a research program in partnership with University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo that is part of a larger consortium named Engendering Success in STEM.
The objectives of Project RISE are to highlight women’s often-untapped potential, equip women with strategies for coping with social challenges, and empower men to become effective allies for equality.
In 2019, a group of women from Technical Services Trail – formerly known as Teck Applied Research and Technology (ART) – participated in an Empowering Women in STEM course hosted by Project RISE to develop and empower them with communication and personal leadership skills.
“The STEM program was a great opportunity to sharpen communication skills, set goals to advance our career paths, and work together to build self-confidence. The meetings were a highlight of my week. I achieved each of the three goals that I set for myself and fostered new relationships with the other attendees”, said Beverley Benson, Section Leader, Administration & Operations Support at Technical Services Trail, who participated in the program.
“The Project RISE workshop was a positive experience and allowed some of the women in Technical Services Trail to meet and discuss challenges. After the course was done, we saw more engagement from this group throughout the year, which has been great to see”, said Farnaz Raoufi, Advisor, Human Resources at Teck.
Learn more about our approach to Inclusion and Diversity on our website.