Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Virtual Event
Women in Manufacturing
May 13, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

2:00pm- 2:40pm
Attracting women to manufacturing: Recruitment strategies that work

Speaker: Brendan Sweeney, Managing Director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing

Women account for nearly half of the Canadian workforce, but for the past 40 years have comprised only 29 per cent of the manufacturing industry. In the skilled trades, only four per cent of jobs are occupied by women.

Recruiting more women is critical to addressing manufacturing’s labour shortage. However, there remain many barriers to hiring and retaining women, including unchanged or inflexible workplace policies, and outdated perceptions of manufacturing.

In this session, Dr. Brendan Sweeney, director of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing, shares the results of the organization’s recent Gender Diversity and Ontario Manufacturing report, which highlights case studies from five companies and provides actionable takeaways to make the necessary culture changes in your own workplace.

Meet our speaker:

Brendan Sweeney, Managing Director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing

Brendan Sweeney is the Managing Director of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing. Prior to his appointment with the Trillium Network, Brendan served as the Project Manager and Research Director of the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC) at McMaster University, where he also taught in the DeGroote School of Business and the School of Labour Studies. Brendan holds a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University and a B.A. in Labour Studies from McMaster. He has also held appointments in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba and spent a year at the University of Washington as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar.


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