All-star Members of New Women in Tech Advisory Council Announced
Expanded mandate to focus on Mentorship, Education, Advocacy, & Entrepreneurship for Canadian Women in Tech (CanWIT)
August 21, 2012
OTTAWA - CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance, announced the members of the CanWIT Advisory Council (CAC) today. Members range from both gen-Y and executive level demographics and have been carefully selected from over 35 highly qualified applicants to guide and advise CanWIT on its programs and services.
According to Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, CEO and Chair of CanWIT, "the CAC will play a crucial role in accelerating CanWIT's programs and steering organizational direction and growth strategies under an expanded mandate."
CanWIT has recently broadened its mandate to offer new opportunities for its membership base and to increase strategic partnerships across North America. New partnerships with U.S.-based Springboard Enterprises and Startup Canada will also assist the CAC in fostering CanWIT's commitment to mentorship, entrepreneurship for women-led tech companies, and innovation.
Boivie adds, "I am thrilled to announce the wonderful group of distinguished and diverse women who have joined our council. Their industry knowledge, expertise, and leadership will be invaluable as CanWIT continues to grow. I am looking forward to working closely with each of these women as we implement our new strategic direction."
Members of the CanWIT Advisory Council include:
Kim Adolphe - President, Gemini Performance Solutions Inc. (Calgary)
Trina Alexson - Director, Service Delivery Exec., Cisco (Toronto)
Fawn Annan - CEO, IT World Canada (Toronto)
Sage Baker - CEO, Q5 Innovations (Victoria)
Dr. Laurelle Jno Baptiste - COO and co-Founder, ScholarLab (Toronto)
Prerna Chandak - Partner, Lemonade Venture Inc. (Toronto)
Glenda Crisp - VP and CIO of Corporate Segment, TD Financial (Toronto)
Kelly Hagen - Asset Planning Director, Amaresco (Toronto)
Natasha Hudson - Business Development Officer, NATI (St. John's)
Alison James - VP Infrastructure Client Services, CIBC (Toronto)
Sandra LaTouche - President, Aptitude+Equipment Inc. (Toronto)
Heather O'Hara Levesque - Senior Manager, Database Services & QA at Inventory Locator Service, LLC - a Boeing Company (Moncton)
Victoria Lennox - Co-founder, Startup Canada (Ottawa)
Sarah Prevette - Founder and CEO, Sprouter/Betakit (Toronto)
Dr. Blaize Reich - Professor, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver)
Mary Van Buren - VP of Marketing and IT, Canadian Real Estate Association (Ottawa)
Nicole Whittle - VP of Strategic Planning and Communications at HHI Healthcare (Toronto)
Ozge Yeloglu - PhD. Candidate, Dalhousie University (Halifax)
Mary Ann Yule - Vice President and General Manager, CDW Canada (Toronto)
New Council member, Nicole Whittle, VP of Strategic Planning and Communications at HHI Healthcare Solutions, noted that "CanWIT provides us with a hub to reach out to thousands of women tech executives across Canada and to engage the community. The active support of CanWIT's Council leaders enables us to expand our capabilities as an organization, and provide resources to help advance careers and for women to impact the competitive success of the high tech industry. I am very proud to be associated with such a forward looking initiative."
CanWIT would also like to recognize the executive leaders serving on its Nomination Committee, including:
Victoria Withers - Director, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
Shelley Simpson-McKay - Owner, Prisma Management Consulting
Sandra Wear - Principal, Planning for Exit
Dr. Cindy Gordon - CEO, Helix Commerce, Vice Chair, i-CANADA, and Former Chair, CanWIT
Kim Adolphe, President, Gemini Performance Solutions Inc., concluded, "women entrepreneurs, in particular, need access to trusted resources in order to grow their businesses. CanWIT serves as a trusted network and invaluable resource of successful entrepreneurs, investors, sector experts and service providers. As a Council member I see myself accelerating the growth of this network to help women-led companies boost revenues and jobs."
Stay tuned to www.canwit.ca and www.cata.ca as the CAC plans to announce additional portfolio-specific leadership roles to advance CanWIT's mandate.
For more information on the role and the responsibility of the CAC, please visit: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr07051203.html