Brad Wallace March 2, 2015 CDN universities are staring down the science gender divide Brad Wallace March 2, 2015 Yes, it is a problem. A real one - not just imagined. Good on these universities for making it a priority. Later this week, the university is expected to launch the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge - an initiative that aims to achieve an equal gender-split enrolment at its Lassonde engineering school.The gender divide in professions such as engineering and computer sciences is a startling problem in Canada. According to Engineers Canada, about 88 per cent of engineers are men.