Networking is becoming more and more important in today’s world – forming relationships with people from different backgrounds can work wonders for your career. That’s why the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) chapters of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University held their 8th annual Wine & Cheese networking event on March 21st, bringing together students, professors, and industry professionals for a casual night of building connections over wine and cheese ― as well as sandwiches, fruit, cookies, and a variety of other refreshments.

Although having been run by WIE, the event was open to all. Engineering and technology companies from all over Ottawa set up booths to showcase their work and vision to potential interns, and professors got to meet the students in their classes and share their research.

Since its inception in 2010, the Wine & Cheese has been a celebration of women in engineering, and in this 8th installment, the organizers decided to portray this through the theme of “Fuelling Innovation Through Diversity”. For the first time, a panel discussion was held, where representatives from different companies shared stories of challenges they faced regarding gender disparity, the importance of diversity and different perspectives, and what plans their companies had to promote equality.

Topped off with music, LinkedIn photoshoots, and a raffle, the Wine & Cheese had a bigger turnout than ever before. Thank you to uOttawa and Carleton IEEE WIE for organizing such a successful event!

photo credits to Aarthi Ganesh

Author: Nagma Mathur

Nagma is in her second year of mechanical engineering at the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t attending labs or lectures, chances are you can find her reading articles, exploring the city, or making the world a better place.

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