Geeky Latinas

As a registered non-for-profit organization, our mission is to:

  • Relieve poverty by providing food and other basic necessities to individuals and families in need.

  • Provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable populations.

  • Provide education, counselling and other support services for immigrants and refugees in need.

Why Promote Diversity in STEM field in Canada?

The number of Canadian Women working in engineering grew from 1% to 12% from 1978 to 2014 thanks to efforts by players in different sectors. However, this proportion is still low, and the scenario is not better for women in the basic sciences.

There are about 1 million Latin immigrants living in Canada and the community is fast growing; Latin women must be considered a target for STEM diversity and inclusion.

STEM qualifications are in demand to address current global challenges, e.g., medicine, affordable energy, clean water, and cyber security.

Inclusive work environments and diversity of ideas promote scientific and technological advances and economic growth.

The CVEF strongly believes in role model mentorship as a feasible path to enhance Latin American women inclusion in the STEM field in Canada.

Our proposed solution is Geeky Latin@s:  A STEM Leadership Program for Young Latinas in the Americas

An online educational platform for empowering young Latinas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as a feasible mechanism to propel the next generation of professionals in these areas while promoting diversity of gender and ideas.


1. Recruit instructors, facilitators and participants

  • Potential instructors and facilitators will be recruited from all the Americas, via email, phone messaging.

  • Social media will be used to promote the program and recruit participants.

2. Create working teams

  • Three teams: two for STEM, and one for leadership.

  • Two leaders per team; a majority woman.

  • Teams work together with project coordinator to assemble the instructors and facilitators that will participate in each team.

3. Deliver Program

  • A series of online and on-site educational workshops carefully designed for a young Latin female audience.

  • Selection of outstanding participants for short STEM internship

An Innovative, Attractive and Feasible Idea

  • This is the first program of empowering in STEM to be offered to young Latin women in Canada.

  • Mentors are Latin women working in STEM and in professional leadership positions.

  • Use of online platforms and social media, which are familiar to the target population, makes our program attractive.

  • An established network of facilitators, and the success of established programs by the CVEF makes it feasible.

  • Online delivery format permits distance education under COVID-19 isolation.

Pathways to Sustainability & Scalability

We plan to implement two sustainability models:

1. Classic:

  • Assignation of a percentage of the CVEF donations to the program

  • Fundraising events by the CVEF, alone or in association with the institutions of the team members (e.g., University of Guelph).

2. Non-classical:

  • A non-for-profit store with both, online and on-site branches, in Guelph and Montreal.

Impact and Measurement

Based on qualitative and quantitative analyses familiar to the program team members (see right box) , the following are the expected outcomes for this program in Canada:

  1. An enhanced interest of young latin women in STEM Careers.

  2. A significant increase in the rate of success of Latin Women in completing a higher education STEM career.

  3. A long-term increase diversity at the workplace.

  4. A long-term increase in participation of women in leadership positions at the workplace.

  5. A long-term improvement in productivity of research, technology, and industry sectors in Canada, with an overall positive impact in the country’s economic and social development.

  6. Public presentations and journal publications for dissemination of program outcomes.

Organizational Capacity

· Core Team:Latin-Canadian professional women, residents of Quebec and Ontario.

· Co-leaders: Gabi Garcia (Architect, EMBA, President and CEO, CVEF) and Alicia Viloria-Petit (PhD Cell & Cancer Biology, Associate Professor and PI, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Guelph, ON)

· Maria Gabriela Guzman(Empowering Leader, MBA, MS Marketing, Marketer, Entrepreneur, Talent & Leadership developer, CVEF Executive Director.)

· Kendry Naranjo(Engineering leader, Mechanical Engineer, CVEF Director)

· Diana Peña (Team Coordinator, Business Administration, CVEF Coordinator)

· Latin American Satellite Team: Latin American health science professionals and engineers, residing in Latin American countries.

· Laura Viloria de Restrepo(Chemical Engineer, MSc in Sustainable Chemistry, MSc in Education (INCIT, Maracaibo, Venezuela)

· Rocio Guzmán(Materials Engineer, Metal-Mechanics, Marketing Engagement Manager for Mexico & Central America at Equifax, Costa Rica)

· Henrys Silva (MD, Radio Speaker and TV Host, Caracas, Venezuela)

· Collaborators and volunteers:invited professional women leaders, students and facilitators in all areas of STEM, living and working/studying in Canada, the US, Venezuela, other Latin-American Countries, and Europe.

How you can help?

  • Memberships through the CVEF’s website

  • Repost and raise awareness of our campaigns and programs on social platforms

  • Share our work with family, friends and colleagues!

  • Propose fundraising initiatives to our cause

  • Volunteer in fundraising activities and events

  • Make your purchases through Amazon Smile

  • Your company can:

  1. Affiliate CVEF as a social cause.

  2. Sponsor one of our local centers.

We Need Your Support Today!

Canadian Venezuelan Engagement Foundation 


Phone: +1 514 710 93380


Address: 3470 Durocher Suite 206

              Montreal, QC H2X2E1

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