Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work

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.

There have been three visiting chairs: the first was Elisabetta Bigsby, then Vice President, Residential Mortgages, Royal Bank of Canada; she was followed by Peter Harder, then Secretary of Treasury Board of Canada; and the third Chair Holder was Carol Stephenson, then President and CEO, Lucent Technologies, and now the Dean of the Ivey School of Business.

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

Earlier this year, 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, many other research projects and consulting engagements on women and work have been, and continue to be, undertaken by the faculty members associated with CREWW.


Current programs

Management Certificate for Women (MCW)

Advancing Women in Leadership

Archived programs

Management Development Program for Women (MDPW)

photo of MDPW graduating class

Congratulations to the graduating class of the 2014 Management Development Program for Women. The 22nd and final convocation of the MDPW will take place May 31, 2014.

The MDPW is completing its 22nd year and final year. During the last two years faculty, alumnae, sponsors and employers have been engaged in a comprehensive review of the program strengths and needs going forward. 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.

At the same time, the survey and focus groups indicated that the program should evolve to suit women in and entering management now and in the future. Current participants, alumnae, sponsors and employers have told us their needs going forward: that participants require a more focused program with less-time away from work and a more affordable tuition. As well, the program needs to enhance its focus on active, participative engagement and learning.

Based upon this consultation, the faculty and staff of  CREWW have developed an updated program, the Management Certificate for Women (MCW), to meet these needs. 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.

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, 2014 to March, 2015 for a total of 14 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.

Contact Information

As CREWW embarks on these wonderful new research opportunities, we would be happy to share more about both our research findings and the Management Certificate for Women. For more information, please contact:

Director: Dr. Merridee Bujaki, MBA. CA, CPA, Ph.D.
Telephone: (613) 520-2600 Ext. 2774
Email: merridee.bujaki@carleton.ca

Associate Director: AEmilia Jarvis
Telephone: (613) 520-2650
Email:  aemilia.jarvis@carleton.ca

Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work
Sprott School of Business
702 Dunton Tower
1125 Colonel By Drive
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6