IWIS is for you. We provide support to immigrating professional women in the field. Our mission is to develop a community where women can share their experience, seek advice and broaden their networks. Our events and workshops are designed to help internationally-trained women faced with challenges and barriers in starting and building their careers in Canada.

What SCWIST’S IWIS Program has to offer


Our networking events gather the community together to learn from others and from each other. Speakers include immigrant women who tell their stories and offer general advice and inspiration, as well as potential employers with job-finding tips.

Skill Development

IWIS hosts a number of workshops throughout the year, including:

How to Network
Job Seeker Skills – resume mentorship program and role playing interview practice
Investing Does and Don’ts


Become a member and you’ll get access to an excellent selection of resources tailored towards immigrating professional women. These include:

  • A monthly SCWIST newsletter to stay connected with the hottest events, stories and career information
  • Mentorship
  • IWIS – information and resource package – It contains links to sites about career planning, high-level ESL (English as a second language) courses and networking

Benefits of participating in IWIS

1) Being a part of the Vancouver immigrant women community
2) Connecting with a large group of immigrant and non-immigrant women through SCWIST events
3) Gaining valuable information faster through IWIS resources
4) Developing job search and career skills by attending IWIS events
5) Volunteering for IWIS helps you develop your skills through the custom volunteering program and gain very important Canadian experience

Participating in IWIS

You don’t need to a member to participate in our events but you will enjoy membership discounts if you become a SCWIST member. Volunteering opportunities are for SCWIST members. It’s easy to sign up! As a SCWIST member, you will become part of a community of diverse and dynamic women passionate about science and technology. Find out more about SCWIST membership and its benefits at the SCWIST Membership page.

Upcoming IWIS Events

Please keep an eye on SCWIST’s Event Calendar, all upcoming IWIS events will be posted there. And subscribe to our free SCWIST newsletter!


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