Skip to main content Skip to footer

The Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW), is an organized research unit that was established in 1992 in the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. The Centre’s mission is “to facilitate and disseminate research on women and work to both academics and the broader community.”


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, now the Dean of Ivey School of Business.

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 research 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’s renowned executive management education program for women.

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.

Research Activities

Women’s Leadership Matters

The Impact of Women’s Leadership In the Canadian Federal Public Service.

Women and Work Research Incubator Grants (WWRIG)

The fourth round of CREWW’s Women and Work Research Incubator Grants (WWRIG) program is now being launched. CREWW is inviting applications for small scale research grants (maximum $5,000 each) to be awarded in April 2017. Papers resulting from these grants will form the basis of a research roundtable on women and work to be held in Ottawa in October 2018.

We are looking to expand our network to include other Ottawa-based researchers who share our interest in topics such as:

  • Women and careers
  • Work-life integration
  • Women’s entrepreneurship
  • Workplace diversity
  • Immigrant and Aboriginal Women in the work force
  • Women in the professions
  • Women in Management
  • Women in Education
  • Women in Healthcare
  • Women in Science and Engineering
  • Women in Government
  • Women in Not-for-Profit organizations
  • Women in trades
  • Women in Policing

Applications for this program are made through a brief formal research proposal. Documents must be submitted to the CREWW Office by 4:00 p.m. February 28, 2017. Contact Æmilia Jarvis, the Associate Director Centre for Research & Education on Women and Work, at

Funding decisions will be made by a committee chaired by the Director, CREWW, and will be based on the following criteria: research excellence; budget justification; training potential; and applied relevance and impact.

Required deliverables include a presentation on project progress during the CREWW Research Roundtable in the year following the grant, and submission of a paper to a peer-reviewed journal. Review our WWRIG submission information and policies.


Current programs

The Management Certificate for Women (MCW) is a part-time professional program that will enhance women’s management and leadership skills in a supportive environment, while having the opportunities to discuss the particular challenges they face in management. The program will be held two consecutive days (Friday and Saturday) once per month from September to March for a total of 15 days at Carleton University. The program covers functional areas of management and encourages the transfer of learning from the classroom to the workplace as participants integrate new theories and skills with data and experience drawn from their own work setting.

The Advancing Women in Leadership Program (AWLP), focuses on the inner journey of authentic, creative and ethical leadership required by women to succeed in business, government and civil society, in a global, diverse, and, interconnected world. Strong leadership, and; the distinctive abilities that women bring to any organization, contribute to improved business performance.

Distance Education

The Crucial Conversations for Women in Management series is part of the Distance Education initiative to reach out to women who might not be able to attend the Management Certificate for Women program in person. This series offers women opportunities to learn about key topics addressing issues relevant to women in management. You can access the twelve documents in the series here.

Canada’s economic growth is being fueled by women’s active labour force participation (82% as of 2014, Statistics Canada) and will continue to expand as women are developed and promoted in leadership roles. Fully engaging the talents and contributions of women in management, and investing in their ongoing education and learning, is crucial to Canada’s success as an innovator. We invite you to continue your learning journey with us.

Archived Program

The MDPW (Management Development Program for Women) completed its  22nd and final year in May 2014. In the past two decades, over 600 participants have benefited from this professional program and sing its praises; an overwhelming number of alumnae, when surveyed recently, unequivocally stated that this unique program contributed to their career success and accelerated advancement.

After a comprehensive review of the MDPW strengths and needs, it was decided  that the program would be reformatted to suit women in and entering management now and in the future. Based upon this review, the faculty and staff of  CREWW developed the Management Certificate for Women (MCW). The new program focuses on the following key aspects of women’s management experience: managing communications; managing others; managing strategy; managing relationships; managing results; managing change; and managing their own careers. The MCW’s curriculum includes the following functional areas of management: business communications; business strategy; marketing; management and organizational behaviour; human resource management, and financial and management accounting.

Contact Us

Contact Æmilia Jarvis, the Associate Director Centre for Research & Education on Women and Work.
Phone: 613-520-2600 x2650
Office: 323 Dunton Tower