In 1996, with generous funding support from the Royal Bank of Canada and Ontario Hydro,  the Royal Bank Visiting Chair on Women and Work was established to support research on women and work.

CREWW has enjoyed three visiting chairs: Elisabetta Bigsby, then Vice President, Residential Mortgages, Royal Bank of Canada, followed by Peter Harder, then Secretary of Treasury Board of Canada, and finally, Carol Stephenson, then President and CEO, Lucent Technologies.

These distinguished Chair Holders undertook fundamental research on women in management in many of Canada’s foremost organizations.

In March 2013, the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation announced renewed funding of CREWW with a grant of $1 Million over ten years. This funding will provide exciting opportunities for research on women and work through: Sprott Topic events; research on five major themes; two annual RBC Women in Management Speaker Series (WMSS) events; and the development of distance education programs to expand participation in the Management Certificate for Women. CREWW research projects include:

Project Title Lead Researcher Co-Researcher
Empowering Women through Management Education: 25 years of Leadership Stories in Canada’s National Capital Region Dr. Merridee Bujaki, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University Dr. Lorraine Dyke, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
Women Entrepreneurs’ Networking Behavior and Entrepreneurial Success Dr. Lorraine Dyke, Associate Dean, MBA Programs, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University Dr. Samina Saifuddin, Researcher, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
Understanding Resourcing Concerns of Women Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Dr. Diane Isabelle, Assistant Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University Dr. Merridee Bujaki and Dr. Maria Rasouli, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

As of May 9, 2017, the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW) and the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership (CWPPL) merged to ensure the long-term sustainability and harmonization of the two departments and their valuable work. Research reports  created in partnership with CWPPL (now CREWW) include:

Year Report Title and Link to PDF (full report download)
2018 Everywhere, Every Day Innovating: Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation
2016 Women’s Leadership Matters: The Impact Of Women’s Leadership In The Canadian Federal Public Service
2016 A Force to Reckon With: Women Entrepreneurship and Risk
2015 The Essential Guide to Being Elected: Increasing Women’s representation
2013 Progress in Inches, Miles to go: A Benchmarking Study of Women’s Leadership in Canada
2012 The Pathway Forward: Creating Gender Inclusive Leadership in Mining and Resources

In addition to the above initiatives, numerous other research projects and consulting engagements on women and work have been, and continue to be, undertaken by the faculty members associated with CREWW.