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The Canadian Women Economists Committee/Comité des Femmes Économistes Canadiennes was created in 2017 as a standing committee of the Canadian Economic Association charged with supporting and promoting the advancement of women in the Canadian economics profession. We interpret 'women' broadly, to include those who identify as a woman and those whose gender expression may be perceived by society as being associated with being a woman or female. 

It follows directly from the Canadian Women Economist Network (CWEN) which was founded in 1990 as an independent association of persons interested in promoting women economists and their ideas. The change from CWEN to CWEC recognizes that this responsibility of supporting and promoting women does not just fall on women alone, but on the profession as a whole. Over the past three decades, CWEC/CWEN has been instrumental in promoting women’s involvement with and within the wider Canadian economics community.


Check out our Summer 2023 Newsletter and Spring 2023 Newsletter featuring articles and interviews on diversity data, curricula improvements, sexual harassment policies, and gender bias in evaluations.

Upcoming Events:


               TIPS & Q&A SESSIONS – OPEN TO ALL - see event details here.

               JOB MARKET PITCH WORKSHOP - For PhD students on the job market - see event details here.


Early career Women Economists:  Lunch-Time Series

The Canadian Women Economist Committee (CWEC/CFÉC) is hosting a brownbag series. It will be held on the last Monday of every month from October 2023 to April 2024 (10 AM PT/11 AM MT/12 PM CT/1 PM ET/2 PM AT). We are seeking women economists early in their careers who are interested in sharing a 20 minute presentation of a work-in-progress.  If you are interested in presenting this academic year, please register by filling out the form below:

October 30th Session Details: 

  • Dr. Gillian Petit (University of Calgary)
         Title: A Basic Income for Nunavut: Addressing Poverty in Canada’s North
  • Dr. Ardyn Nordstrom (Carleton University)
          Title: It Takes a Village: The Impact of Community Mobilization Campaigns on Attitudes and Education

See the Lunch Series Event Page for further details and login details (held via zoom). 


Women Economic PhD Students:  Call for discussants

We are seeking women graduate students interested in discussing papers presented during the CWEC brownbag seminar series.  The brownbag series provides a friendly atmosphere where graduate students can prepare for future presentations and research, meet other women economists, and expand their network. The paper discussion is virtual and will be 5 minutes.  If you want to discuss a research paper this academic year, please register by filling out the form below.



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We use QuestionPro's Survey software to collect the student and faculty data that is analyzed in the 2022 CWEC/CFEC Survey Report on the Representation of Women Economists in Canada’s Universities.