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QPS 'Women in Hydrography' Program

to inspire, encourage and empower women working in hydrography and closely related fields. 

The QPS 'Women in Hydrography' Program was launched in February 2018 in an effort to help women excel in what has historically been recognized as a male dominated industry.  QPS acknowledges that although the social tides are slowly turning, women do face challenges working in the hydrographic field that their male counterparts do not.  The QPS staff is comprised of 25% women and 75% men.  Women are represented in every department of the company and hold positions ranging between entry level and managerial.  QPS recognies the great value that female team members bring to the company and is dedicated to providing the resources necessary to stimulate their continued career growth.  To give to the larger community, the QPS 'Women in Hydrography' Program has been created with the intention to help inspire, encourage and empower all women, not just QPS employees, working in hydrography and closely related fields. 

The initial effort to set the QPS 'Women in Hydrography' Program into motion included funding two female students, Mary McLennan of UNB, and Diandra Buttazzoni of NSCC COGS, to attend the 2018 Canadian Hydrographic Conference, while also providing mentorship before and during the event. 

Regarding this experience, Diandra wrote:

"As a young woman entering the field of hydrography, it was an incredible opportunity to be able to attend the Canadian Hydrographic Conference with QPS’s Women in hydrography initiative. It was a pleasant surprise to see that there are so many women working in a wide variety of roles within the hydrographic field.  The women I met left a lasting impression, sharing their experiences, professional advice and mentorship. This network of women that was established at CHC has continued to flourish after the conference, illustrating the importance of women’s roles in the hydrographic industry.

The QPS Women in Hydrography program raises awareness for the challenges women face in the hydrographic industry, but more importantly promotes a positive future for the next generation of women in the hydrographic field. I will remember this opportunity that QPS gave me at the beginning of my career for years to come."

Find the Linkedin page from this event here. and the news article from University of New Brunswick here.

Moving forward, QPS is committed to continuing and growing the initial initiative by providing:  

  • Travel scholarships to female students to attend conferences where they will benefit from the general experience of attending a professional meeting, learn about the current state of hydrographic science and technology, and build networks to support them throughout their careers. 

  • Free attendance to scheduled QPS software training for women who are returning to work after taking time off to care for family, or transitioning into hydrography from a related field.  Training space is limited, but at least one QPS Women in Hydro applicant will be included in each confirmed training. 
    • Those interested should e-mail their resume along with a personal statement indicating how the training will aid their return to work, as well as the date and location of the training of interest to WomenInHydro@qps.nl. Please title the subject of the e-mail "QPS Women in Hydro Training Application".  

We want to hear your ideas! Do you have suggestions on how to grow the QPS 'Women in Hydrography' Program?  Does your business want to make a contribution to the program?  Please share with us by contacting Samantha Bruce, bruce@qps.nl.


Please join the Linkedin Group for Women in Hydrography; follow this link to join us!

This is a "living" webpage, please check back for new and updated information. 

2nd August 2018

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