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WRDC thanks the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Industry partners and special guests

The staff and board of Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) would like to send out a special thank you to the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Industry partners and special guests who came out on March 8th, International Women's Day, to celebrate with us as we showcased our achievements and ongoing programs and services. WRDC continues to gain momentum everyday and we certainly appreciate your support and are looking forward to working with you in all our future endeavours.

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WRDC Celebrates International Women’s Day with the Premier and Partners

St. John’s, NL – To mark International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2013, Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) is hosting a day to highlight the organization’s milestones and accomplishments in the advancement of women into non-traditional careers and recognize the involvement and efforts of individual, government, community and industry partners at the WRDC St. John’s office on 31 Peet Street, Suite 109.

“The impact of our programs in the lives of women in the province has been significant,” said Nicole Kieley Executive Director of WRDC. “This is an opportunity to celebrate our gains and to thank the individuals that have partnered with us and supported us in our work.”

The day will begin with a morning gathering of government, community and industry partners from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. There will be an opportunity to network and share stories of success. In addition to celebrating the work of WRDC’s partners, the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be recognized for her significant contributions to advancing the status of women; particularly, her role in advancing economic equality for women in the trades, technology and operation sectors of the province.

“When I helped found WRDC in 1997, who would have thought that 10 years later I would be Minister of Natural Resources and now Premier of the province negotiating agreements for major resource-based projects in our province.” said Premier Dunderdale. “I have learned in life to never discount the importance of anything you’ve done or any experience you’ve had. Who knows where any of us will be a decade from now?” 

Premier Dunderdale was instrumental in negotiating the agreement for a Gender Equity and Diversity Program in the Hebron Benefits Agreement - the first of its kind for an offshore development not just in Newfoundland and Labrador, but in the world. Women’s employment plans and business access strategies are now required for all major resource-development projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We are delighted to thank the Premier for her efforts in advancing women into the lucrative natural resource sectors,” said Kieley. “From advocating for women’s employment plans and provincial apprentice wage subsidy programs, to investing into training and exposure programs such as WRDC’s Orientation to the Trades and Technology, our province has become an international better practice model for women’s recruitment and retention into the non-traditional labour force.” 

Later in the day, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., WRDC will be opening its doors to the public and showcasing its programs and services that are offered throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. “This has been an immensely busy year for delivering programs and supporting women entering and working in trades, technology and operations, “explained Kieley. “We are proud to showcase the reach and impact of WRDC in the lives of women and in all regions of our province.”

Those attending the afternoon open house are encouraged to bring a friend and anyone who is interested in learning more about opportunities for women in non-traditional sectors of the province. Refreshments will be provided to all visiting guests. “This day is about what we do best - connecting women to empowering and successful careers and opportunities,” said Kieley. “We welcome everyone to stop by and to learn more about the opportunities just waiting to be realized for women in the resource sector.”

For more information on WRDC’s International Women’s Day celebration please contact WRDC via phone 709-738-3713 or via email: info@wrdc.nf.ca

Media Contact:
Nicole Kieley
Executive Director
Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC)
31 Peet Street, Suite 109
St. John’s, NL A1B 3W8
p: (709) 738-3715
c: (709)691-6708
e: nkieley@wrdc.nf.ca

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"Connecting Women"

Women in Resource Development Corporation WRDC) is offering two exciting opportunities for women to gain a wider understanding of careers in the trades, technology and operations sectors and for industry to better equip themselves to recruit, support and retain women in the trades, technology and operation fields.

Networking Session I, titled "Recruitment and Retention Strategies: How can your business support women," is a registered, free event available only to industry, organizations, governments and business. This will help identify best practices companies have or can use to recruit, retain and support women in trades, technology and operations (TTO).  The session will involve a round table discussion on learning how to support, inspire and succeed in recruiting and retaining female workers.  Session I takes place on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 106 Airport Rd, St John's, and includes a 30-minute networking session as well as 90-minute luncheon and discussion period.

"We want industries, businesses and government to enjoy this refreshing session and discuss methods of how to recruit and retain women into the labour force," notes WRDC Executive Director Nicole Kieley. "WRDC continues to help women find their place in non-traditional roles in the natural resource sector."

Networking Session II, titled "Connecting Women," is a public event where women who are interested in trades, technology or operations careers can meet and greet female mentors in those career fields as well as discuss opportunities with industry representatives. Attendees are required to register for the event which takes place on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, located at 106 Airport Rd, St John's.

"Connecting Women is a prime opportunity for women who have given some consideration to entering a career trades, technology or operations to socialize with women who have already successfully done so," explains Ms. Kieley. "And being able to meet with industry representatives at the same time will give them a chance to pose any questions they may have regarding the daily life in a particular career path."

The "Connecting Women" networking session is also welcoming women who may have already chosen a career in trades, technology or operations to and are currently in training or even working. Registration for this session is free. Refreshments will be provided and dependent care vouchers are available to all participants. Those attending are encouraged to bring along at least two hard copies or a digital copy of your resume.


To register for these events please contact WRDC at:
Tel: (709) 738-8998
email: rsvp@wrdc.nf.ca

Media Contact:
Nicole Kieley
Executive Director
Women in Resource Development Corporation

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WISE:NL & WinSETT Survey: Women currently working in a SETT field

This is a special invitation to participate in an important survey that is being conducted by WISE NL and the national WinSETT Centre. This survey is part of a joint project to create The Smart Portal to Careers in SETT and the survey will be accessible until September 30, 2012.  If you know of a woman working in a SETT field in the oil & gas sector, please feel free to pass this message on to her.


The Smart Portal to Careers in SETT is a new interactive search tool that connects users, especially young and adult women, based on their background and interests, to information on specific career possibilities in science, engineering, trades, and technology (SETT). The inaugural version will focus on the oil and gas sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. It will also direct users to training, education and support organizations.

As a woman currently working in a SETT field, your participation in this Practitioner Survey is greatly appreciated. A key characteristic of the Smart Portal is that it is informed by the knowledge and experience of those already in SETT careers. It is well documented that women, more often than men, take an indirect rather than direct path to successful careers in SETT. We intend to capture those experiences so that the paths that women take may finally be incorporated into the existing body of knowledge. We also know that regardless of the path taken, the reasons that women choose SETT careers are broad and those reasons are also important to incorporate. Your specific story will help guide others, especially women like you, to successful and satisfying careers in SETT.

For access to the survey, click or go to http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/wisenl/practioner-survey.

  • This survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.
  • Your response to this survey is confidential and your privacy is protected. Only project personnel will see your response.
  • It may be useful to you have your resume handy.
  • Any questions about this survey should be directed to the Project Coordinator at gloria.montano@bellaliant.net.
  • This project is a joint effort between WISE NL and the national WinSETT Centre
  • The funding for phase one is provided by the Legacy Fund from the Fueling the Future: Women in Oil & Gas Conference.

For information on WISE NL, click or go to http://www.wisenl.ca.
For information on WinSETT, click or go to http://www.ccwestt.org/WinSETT/tabid/56/Default.aspx.

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For Immediate Release: August 16, 2012-
CNA and WRDC partnership leads to Orientation to Trades and Technology milestone

St. John’s, NL – College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) celebrated the milestone of 50 offerings of the Orientation to Trades and Technology program today in St. John’s.

The OTT program was developed by WRDC and offered at various CNA campuses. The first OTT Program was delivered at the Bay St. George campus in October 1999 as a pilot project. Since that time, the program has been continually delivered throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, producing more than 600 graduates.

OTT is designed to give women practical knowledge of natural resource-based industries. The program raises the awareness that challenging, high-paying jobs in the natural resource industries are available and attainable for women. Specifically, OTT is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for women to explore trades and technology training programs.

"On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I congratulate Women in Resource Development Corporation and College of the North Atlantic on their 50th graduating class from the Orientation to Trades and Technology program,” said the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. “Over the next 10 years, Newfoundland and Labrador is expecting a significant increase in the labour market with an anticipated 70,000 job openings predicted in all sectors of the economy. As a government, we are pleased to support Women in Resource Development Corporation to offer programs such as this one, which help women avail of the many opportunities associated with this boom in the province’s resource sector.”

For many women, OTT can be the first step toward an exciting, new and well-paying career. There are seven major components in the OTT program: academic; essential work skills; personal and professional development; hands-on skills development; exploration of the natural resource sector, labour market research and job shadowing.

“On behalf of Women in Resource Development Corporation, it is my sincere pleasure to acknowledge, recognize and celebrate the 50th class offering of the Orientation to Trades and Technology program,” said Nicole Kieley, Executive Director of the WRDC. “Through this program and in partnership with College of the North Atlantic, WRDC has fostered an environment that enables women and young girls to explore and succeed in the natural resource based sectors of our province. Women are imagining themselves in roles that are economically empowering and that spark their personal passion and interest.
WRDC works to ensure that women are informed about existing programs, and encourages educational institutions to consider the specific needs of women in program design and delivery.

“College of the North Atlantic is extremely proud of its continued partnership with the Women in Resource Development Corporation and the significance surrounding today’s event,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, the college’s President and CEO. “We recognize the opportunities the OTT program offers women throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to explore and excel in the trades and technology sectors. The success of this program is two-fold; we have seen many OTT graduates continue their studies with the college in a number of fields, which increases their employability, while others have moved directly into a rewarding career opportunity.”

Although women’s representation in the trades and technology industry remains low, forecasted skilled labour shortages associated with the province’s large-scale projects have emphasized the need to raise female participation rates. 

“An important goal of the Hebron Project is to create a strong and diverse local workforce,” said Geoff Parker, Hebron Senior Project Manager and Vice President of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd, operator of the Hebron Project. “We believe supporting diversity is critical to the long term success of our industry, that is why we are a strong supporter of WRDC and the great work it does to increase the participation of women in the trades and technology sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador. We congratulate WRDC on today’s achievement.”

The WRDC was established to foster an environment that will increase the participation of women in the trades and technology sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador. WRDC is achieving this through the elimination of barriers that exclude or discourage women from seeking employment in these sectors. Its work includes: providing increased access to training for women; educating the general public; and developing policies that promote the involvement of women in the natural resource and trades/technical industries.

College of the North Atlantic is Newfoundland and Labrador’s public college. It is one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training centres in Atlantic Canada, with a history dating back nearly 50 years. Today it has 17 campus locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and one in the Middle East State of Qatar. It offers nearly 100 full-time program offerings and more than 300 part-time courses to some 20,000 students each year in: Academics, Applied Arts, Business Studies, Health Sciences, Engineering Technology, Industrial Trades, Information Technology and Tourism & Natural Resources.

Media contact:

Roger Hulan
Communications Specialist
College of the North Atlantic
(709) 643-7938

Melanie Smith-Hodder
Information and Media Specialist
Women in Resource Development
(709) 738-1239


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OTT GRADUATE? We want to hear from you.

Send us an email with your name, address, program and year to msmith@wrdc.nf.ca

Why Join the Alumnae?

  • Joining the Alumnae allows us to keep in contact with you and support you in any way we can in your future career choices.
  • Should you require help along your way, it allows us to connect you with a mentor who may be able to assist you.
  • It allows us to inform you of future WRDC events and programs.
  • It lets us notify you when we are in your area.
  •  Allows us to mail you any newsletters or other materials that may be of value to you.
  • It helps us stay connected and connectivity is key in the supporting the future of its graduates.
  •  If you are a WRDC graduate and in a career you may wish to join our role models/mentors or volunteer for the Techsploration program. 

**The information entered is confidential is to be used strictly for WRDC purposes only. No information will be disclosed to an outside party or organization. If you wish to access or correct your personal data, please e-mail msmith@wrdc.nf.ca


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