Women of Steel

The Women of Steel (WOS) campaign aims to support women in welding, through strategic engagement programs, both virtual and hands-on learning, that connect introductory welders to mentors. The campaign provides learning opportunities that foster education, growth, confidence, and experiences for women from across Canada interested in exploring potential welding career options while learning about the trade.


The Women of Steel (WOS) campaign aims to support women in welding, through strategic engagement programs, both virtual and hands on learning, that connect introductory welders to mentors. The campaign provides learning opportunities that foster education, growth, confidence, and experiences for women from across Canada interested in exploring potential welding career options while learning about the trade.

CWB Welding Foundation (CWBWF) initiated this social media engagement strategy in 2018 with the hopes of sharing an array of Canadian female welding journeys and encouraging other young women to explore education and careers in welding. To date more than 40 female welders have joined the network, and actively share career news and personal success stories.

Most recently, in April 2019, the Foundation received a federal grant that allows the next and more active phase of the social engagement strategy to commence, as well as the implementation of WOS Forging New Opportunities: Introduction to Welding Program (IWP), a structured 30 hour pilot course which will be launched in summer 2019 at six partner post-secondary institutions across Canada. Both initiatives aim to encourage, support, and inspire women to explore both traditional and new options for careers in the trade, for many significant opportunities for employment exist. There is truly a labour shortage of welders in Canada.

WOS aims to unite women in both traditional and non-traditional welding careers across Canada and to highlight female welders’ journeys into welding careers and their subsequent career advancement, illustrating both the challenges and opportunities they are tasked with, and how the profession has impacted their lives. Currently over 40 women across Canada are actively involved and contribute to a growing sisterhood of welding professionals, welding engineers, educators, inspectors, academics, and entrepreneurs. This initiative will help to clarify and update perceptions of a career in the skilled trades and illustrates a variety of pathways and new and advanced employment.

Upcoming opportunities to be offered include:

  • CWB Association Chapter hosted informational events, coming early fall 2019
  • Web-based roundtable event highlighting WOS participants
  • The development of a mentorship program, pairing young women interested in welding with WOS participants


We want to hear from you! Send your inquiries and comments to wos@cwbweldingfoundation.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn using #WomenofSteel.

Did you know:

  • Less than 4.5% of Canada's welding workforce is female?
  • In Skills Canada Competitions, frequently women display higher performance at welding skills than their male counterparts.

Beginning in 2019, the WOS-Forging New Opportunities: IWP will deliver an introduction to the welding profession to 72 participants through a 30 hour, one week program to be launched at six post-secondary institutions across Canada, developed specifically for women and crossing geographic and demographic sectors. This program will encourage the participants to explore careers in welding, gain valuable hands on experience, enable them to launch further investigation into educational and work opportunities, and develop the skills needed to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in the trade and labour market across Canada.

Each participant will complete a 30 hour course that covers an introduction to the welding trade, CWBi Acorn Health and Safety, basic theory of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), and welding with the SMAW process. All participants are provided with the required supplies and personal protective equipment necessary for program completion. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be tested to obtain CWB Welder Qualification in a fillet weld, flat position. This is the first step which enables graduates to enter the workforce.

Upcoming opportunities for engagement include:

Introduction to Welding Program

We are pleased to share that registration is now OPEN for all six Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities- Introduction to Welding Programs (IWP)! Registration is managed directly by the IWP host locations. You can select the ‘register now’ button below which will connect you to the IWP host.

Please note that space is limited to 12 participants per location Applicants will be considered for the program in the order that they have applied.

City Province/Territory Host Location Dates Contact
Edmonton Alberta Alberta Pipe Trades College August 5-9, 2019

Dan McKinnon

This course is now complete.





Fanshawe College


August 12-16, 2019


John Mombourquette

This course is now complete.





Algonquin College


August 19-23, 2019


Shawn Barr

This course is now complete.





Saskatchewan Polytechnic


August 19-23, 2019


Max Cerone

This course is now complete.



New Brunswick


New Brunswick Community College


August 26-30, 2019


Al Dewitt

This course is now complete.



Yukon Territories


Yukon College


September 9-13, 2019


Jeffery Wolosewich

This course is now complete.

Check back frequently for updates and information on registration.