There are still some spaces left for the CIO Association Toronto Chapter event scheduled for next Wednesday. We recognize the value of this discussion, and hope that it will show you the benefits that our Association offers to CIOs.
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Location: University Club, 380 University Ave, Toronto View Map
Fee: $65 for qualified non-members
Every CIO needs to be effective with the Corporate Board of Directors and the Executive Board. The challenge is that Technology has tended to be a difficult topic for Boards of Directors to embrace, and CIOs have struggled to raise their profile. CIO Association member Dave Codack will join panelists from the Institute for Corporate Directors to share his insight and perspective on this challenge
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We're a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization providing women (and men*) the opportunity to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills through hands-on workshops.
Thanks to our New Brunswick Chapter Lead, Nicole LeBlanc, for coordinating this workshop and to sponsors: Tech SouthEast, NBIF and Workspace Moncton.
*Men are welcome to attend workshops (and they do!), but we request that you bring with you an additional female learner where possible.
If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. HTML and CSS are the backbone of all websites, and knowledge of them is a necessity if you are interested in things like web development, creating marketing emails, or even blogging! The web without HTML and CSS would be would be a world without colourful, pretty websites, not to mention the web applications we all use daily. It’s easy to learn, and was designed so that everyone - even non-programmers - can do it. No fancy programs are needed, just Notepad and a web browser!
The Ladies Learning Code Introduction to HTML & CSS workshop is designed to be a hands-on experience. During the session, you’ll learn:
A networking event for members of industry and academia which focuses on issues related to women and men in technology! The evening will begin with a reception, followed by a short documentary screening of SHE++, and concludes with a panel discussion focusing on themes such as mentorship, work-life balance and breaking down gender barriers in the workplace.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm
(5883 Spring Garden Rd.)
Published Oct 15, 2013: ITBusiness.ca -- Catherine Aczel Boivie
I’m back home! It’s been over 48 hours since I even saw a Gartner analyst, let alone hear them give a prediction or presentation. Often when I go to these types of conferences, I leave all enthusiastic Afterwards, in the cold light of the home environment, I wonder what the excitement was about. This Gartner conference was different. There were some important predictions and trends that need to be understood and watched. I’ll describe just three.
Women in IT luncheon, Moncton Edition, will take place on October 10. The focus will be: Creating IT-Savvy Communities. Please feel free to forward this to your colleagues that may be interested in attending. We would ask that you register so that we can give the restaurant a head count.
Creating IT-Savvy Communities:
The reliance on technology in everyday life makes it important to engage many different segments of our community into what it is and how it can be leveraged. In this meeting, we will discuss two different types of programs that engage different groups. Nicole LeBlanc of NBIF will be with us to discuss Ladies Learning Code, one-day boot camps that introduce the community to basic coding platforms. Helene Savoie from the Universite de Moncton's Co-op Placement Office will discuss the important role that co-op programs have in the development of talent that our companies need and how companies can leverage these programs to create their future workforce.
Date: October 10
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pmLocation: Tide and Boar Gastropub, 700 Main Street, Moncton
For the second year in a row, CanWIT and Maple Leaf Angels are partnering to highlight the important role female-led technology companies and female Angel investors play in growing Ontario's innovation economy. Our collective aim is to showcase the strength of women led companies by giving our members an opportunity to invest in and support the next great women led Canadian technology company. This year we are also pleased to welcome Women in Capital Markets as an event partner.
Investment Event October 21, 2013 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: The National Club- 303 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
We are looking to bring together the largest number of female angel investors that has ever attended an investment presentation of an angel investor group in Canada.
We'll hear pitches from two exciting early-stage woman-led tech companies that are at, or close to, the point of commercialization in addition to a keynote address by Fariba Anderson.
About Fariba Anderson
Fariba's journey over the last 25 years in the technology sector is impressive both in terms of her achievements and the breadth of experience.
She has held a variety of CIO, SVP, VP, Executive Director and Director roles within the telecommunication, software, energy and management consulting sectors across Canada, US and Europe. These organizations ranged from large public and private organizations to her own consulting firm.
In her current position as Chief Information Officer and Vice President Information Services at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) she is the single point of accountability for all technology enabled investments and information services.
Fariba has been recognized as one of Canada's top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and recipient of University of Toronto Arbor Award. In 2011 she was shortlisted as one of Canada's Top 25 Immigrants.
Join Fariba as she shares the challenges, rewards and lessons learned during this incredible journey.
Register today: http://www.mapleleafangels.com/events/womenintechnology
CanWIT National Sponsor Webinar - Accenture Technology Vision: Every Business is a Digital Business
Thursday, September 26 – 12:30 p.m. EST
Each year, Accenture identifies the top emerging technology trends that hold the most potential to transform businesses over the next three to five years. With technology now intertwined with every aspect of business, the 2013 Accenture Technology Vision explains how digital efforts will be the key to innovation and expansion.
Join Mary Hamilton, managing director—Accenture Technology Labs, for an engaging presentation on the seven IT trends shaping technology—and thus business—into the future. A Q&A session will follow the presentation and provide you with the opportunity to ask questions.
Read more about Mary in her recent profile by LittlePINKBook.
Note: CanWIT members please login (above) to attend at no charge.
There is a small fee for non-members to attend. Fees go toward CanWIT National Programs. Non-members may register at: http://canwit.ca/events/national-events?task=view_cart
As Clint Eastwood would say in one of his famous lines in a spaghetti western movie, it is all about “the good, the bad, and the ugly”. Please join former Vice President Global Information Technology and Business Services at Talisman Energy, Alexandra Federucci, over cocktails and explore her personal perspective as a woman in technology. This is a great opportunity to learn from Alexandra’s secrets of success, wisdom, and her unique experience as a leader and a woman in Calgary’s technology sector.
Please join us at this unique event filled with storytelling and learning at The Calgary Petroleum Club on Tuesday October 21st 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
*Dress is business casual
Who is welcome? Everyone – HR, IT, Executive, Vendors, Business Leaders. Seating is limited so register early please.
Why? Network, meet other professionals and leaders, and become part of the fabric of the CanWIT community in Calgary and hear what people are talking about as leaders and as professionals as this community of interest grows and we learn and expand our knowledge with each other by networking openly.
If you are in IT in any capacity and looking to learn from your peers, you want to attend this event!
Please forward to your colleagues in Calgary and if you cannot join us due to geography or other commitments, please follow us @CanWIT on Twitter to stay informed across Canada – and look out for a future event near you!
In Calgary? Register today as tickets are sure to go fast!
Entrepreneurs’ Forum 21st Anniversary NS Annual Showcase
Thursday, October 24th 2013
The Atrium at Innovacorp Enterprise Centre
1344 Summer Street, Halifax NS
Reception: 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Entrepreneurs’ Forum 21st Anniversary NB Annual Showcase
Tuesday, November 12th 2013
Kennebacasis Room, Hilton Saint John
Market Square, Saint John, NB
Reception: 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Entrepreneurs’ Forum 21st Anniversary NL Annual Showcase
Tuesday, October 29th 2013
Duckworth Street, St. John’s, NL
Reception: 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Entrepreneurs’ Forum 21st Anniversary PEI Annual Showcase
Tuesday, November 5th 2013
The Culinary Institute of Canada, Holland College
Sydney Street, Charlottetown PE
Reception: 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
For more information, please visit: www.entrepreneursforum.com or http://entrepreneursforum.
As a national partner of Canadian Women in Technology, Accenture is pleased to invite CanWIT members to a live panel discussion on Women in Technology: Leaders of Tomorrow, a joint research study by Accenture and The Glass Hammer.
Register now and watch via webcast on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 4PM CST.
CanWIT National Presents: Investment Insight with Maple Leaf Angels Webinar Series
A CanWIT 40 Minute Webinar - Register today!Join CanWIT for this unique Fall webinar series with Maple Leaf Angels! This series was designed with CanWIT’s entrepreneurial membership base in mind and for those in Canada’s technology sector interested in the Angel investment process. Listen to Maple Leaf Angel investment experts Nancy Lala, Marnie Walker, and Julie McDowell, for guidance and informative discussion on all things Angel investment from the perfect pitch to evaluation.
CanWIT and NBWICT Present the Fredericton Screening of She ++: Inspiring Women to Empower Computer Science
In partnership with New Brunswick Women in ICT (NBWICT), we will be screening the acclaimed documentary: SHE++: Inspiring Women to Empower Computer Science.
Use this opportunity to open the eyes of a friend, neighbour, or daughter regarding the potential of a career in ICT.
Please let your female colleagues know about this event. You can register for the luncheon at this doodle: http://doodle.com/w7aveqp5m2tn4x7y - registration is free, but seating is limited at this venue.
On September 13th – please join us for a movie, lunch and a discussions around the SHE++ documentary.
When: Friday, September 13th, 2013: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Let us know you are coming: http://doodle.com/w7aveqp5m2tn4x7y
Consider bringing a friend – invite them by sending them to our web blog: http://nbwict.wordpress.com/
SHE++: Founded in January 2012, SHE++ was Stanford’s first conference on women in technology. In April 2012, the conference hosted a lineup of inspirational women in tech–from companies such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and Pinterest, among others–and 250+ attendees on Stanford’s campus. After positive feedback from attendees, mentors, and the press, they have decided to expand SHE++ into a full-fledged community that inspires women to empower computer science. Through a number of initiatives, they aim to create community and momentum for female technologists. Learn more about SHE++: http://sheplusplus.stanford.edu/index.php
Looking forward to seeing everyone – please let us know you are coming by registering: http://doodle.com/w7aveqp5m2tn4x7y
The Business Case for Women on Boards - Now Available
The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Status of Women Forum hosted a Knowledge Exchange on Women on Boards in March 2013. Since then, they have worked with The Conference Board of Canada to produce a booklet that presents the business case for increasing women’s representation on corporate boards.
The Business Case for Women on Boards presents evidence of the benefits of having more women on boards. It also includes evidence-based strategies and best practices to help companies achieve increased representation.
The Power of Women in Technology
CanWIT and Maple Leaf Angels (MLA) present investment opportunities for women-led early stage technology companies
For the second year in a row, CanWIT and Maple Leaf Angels are partnering to highlight the importance of encouraging more female-led technology companies and the participation of more female angel investors in technology investment. We are looking to bring together the largest number of female angel investors that has ever attended an investment presentation of an angel investor group in Canada. We'll hear a pitch from an exciting early-stage woman-led tech company that is at, or close to, the point of commercialization.
CanWIT Announces 2013-2014 National Advisory Council
CanWIT Announces 2013-2014 National Advisory Council
Two new members elected and Vice Chair appointment
OTTAWA - CanWIT is delighted to announce the election of Dr. Laurelle Jno Baptiste and Heather O’Hara Levesque to the CanWIT Advisory Council (CAC), as well as the appointment of Nicole Whittle to the position of Vice Chair, CanWIT. Members of the CAC play a crucial role in accelerating CanWIT's National programs and steering organizational direction and growth strategies under CanWIT’s mission and mandate.
CanWIT Calgary June 25th Event - CANCELLED
JUNE 25 LUNCH EVENT CANCELLED
The lunch event planned for Tuesday, June 25th this coming week has been cancelled due to the devasting situation in Calgary. It was announced on Friday that downtown Calgary is not expected to be accessible until mid-week.
On behalf of CanWIT National, we send our warmest thoughts out to our CanWIT Calgary family and to all of those impacted by the flooding.
Tech Women Canada 2013 Blog: My Week at Startup Bootcamp in Silicon Valley
By Kristin Garn
If you were the founder of an early stage Canadian technology company, where would you look for the best advice to help you develop your business?
Given access to executives at Twitter, you could get advice on user acquisition and maybe even insider tips on their upcoming advertising platform. And who better than Facebook for the most current digital marketing behaviour? Another dream advisor, Google, might suggest best practices regarding talent recruitment and retention. The opportunity to tap into this level of expertise would be considered a “dream team” of support for executive coaching.
Congratulations to Sarah Sajedi - 2013 Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Winner
OTTAWA -- The 2013 CATAAlliance Award Winners were announced the evening of May 29th at a sold out Gala Dinner featuring a keynote address from Peter Aceto, CEO, ING Direct Canada. Keeping-up with the theme of the Gala, Leadership for the 21st Century, and following the guidance of Peter "the Social CEO" Aceto, the winners were announced via Twitter. For nearly three decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala has been celebrating the best in Canadian advanced technology from coast to coast and this year certainly did not disappoint!
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CanWIT and the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Join Forces to Promote the Advancement of Women in Tech
CanWIT and WXN to offer reciprocal discounted membership fees to encourage women in senior level positions within Canada’s tech sector
OTTAWA – CanWIT is excited to announce a new partnership with the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). WXN’s mission to inspire smart women to lead supports CanWIT’s own mandate to promote the advancement of women within Canada’s advanced technology sector. CanWIT is pleased to offer WXN members an annual partner membership rate of $75, and, in turn, WXN is providing CanWIT members with a special offer of a one-time $100 administrative fee.
Tech Women Canada 2013 – Canadian Women Leaning and Leading in Silicon Valley
As the Executive Director of CanWIT, I was thrilled to be chosen as one of 21 women in Canada’s tech sector to participate in Tech Women Canada 2013. This is the second year that the Canadian Consulate has initiated this program to bring Canadian women technology entrepreneurs and leaders to Silicon Valley to make connections and learn from those working in the world’s leading tech-mecca. The aim of the program is to expose Canadian women to the impact and high growth culture of the Valley, which they can then use to enhance the growth of their technology companies (Canadian Consulate – San Francisco, 2013). For myself and others in the group, this was the opportunity of a lifetime to talk to our Silicon Valley peers and mentors about the challenges/opportunities we have leading tech companies and organizations North of the border.
CanWIT Annual General Meeting - June 3rd (Toronto)
CanWIT is hosting its Annual General Meeting alongside the i-CANADA Summit at George Brown College on June 3rd.
Register today!(CanWIT Promo Code: CanWIT8936)
*Please note that there is no fee to attend
The AGM is a great opportunity to join your peers to discuss CanWIT’s significant growth this year and to provide input on both current and future strategic goals for our organization going forward. We will begin the formal portion of the AGM with a financial review and strategic overview. Following the formal portion of the AGM, we will be showing a screening of “She ++,” an insightful documentary from Stanford University on the importance of encouraging women to join the technology sector. Dr. Laurelle Jno Baptiste, COO and co-Founder of ScholarLab will provide her feedback on the screening and also delve into the important subject of encouraging new immigrant women, in particular, into Canada’s tech sector. Join us for interactive and informative discussion!
TELUS President & Chief Executive Office, Darren Entwistle Speaks Out: Innovation & Mentorship
The importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation
Please take five minutes to view the video of TELUS President & CEO, Darren Entwistle, who was interviewed recently by Hart Hillman, CATA National Leadership Council member, on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation.
She++: A Documentary and Discussion About Women in Tech
As technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, all demographics must harness new ideas to transform and empower technology. This short documentary collects research and inspirational pieces of Silicon Valley's unsung heroes to galvanize us to explore the potential of 'femgineers' in changing the ratio of women's involvement in computer science. Emily Boucher, Executive Director of Canadian Women in Technology, and Rachel Aaron, Halifax Chapter Lead of Ladies Learning Code, will also chair a discussion about the work they are doing around Women in Technology and challenges faced.
Dr. Catherine Boivie Nominated for 2013 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award!
YWCA METRO VANCOUVER ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2013 WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS
YWCA Metro Vancouver announced 83 extraordinary nominees for its 30th annual Women of Distinction Awards earlier today.
Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Apply Today!
5 days left to apply – deadline has been extended to April 19th at 11:59 p.m. EST
The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to the woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women in Canada’s technology sector. The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented annually by CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance, to the woman who has demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills, resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or services.
CanWIT Calgary Chapter: What’s next? Join us on Thursday, April 25th
Thank You! Over 50 women participated in the launch event of the CanWIT Chapter at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Feb. 27th with Keynote Speaker Michelle Sklar, President of Digital Alberta. If you missed the event, Sklar provided entertaining and engaging insight on her own experiences within the tech sector. She highlighted the particularly creative aspect of the industry and the benefits of entrepreneurship.
Our Calgary Chapter Chair, Michele Taylor also spoke about her journey in tech as an entrepreneur in enterprise architecture and advisory. Michele's journey made us laugh and nod our heads in agreement. CanWIT’s CEO and Chair, Dr. Catherine Boivie, and Executive Director, Emily Boucher, attended the launch to offer support and guidance from CanWIT National.
The Calgary Chapter’s Executive Committee each led a roundtable discussion with participants to gather input on what the community is looking for in Calgary. The common themes we heard were:
- Opportunities for learning – targeted, focused learning such as how to network and building your personal brand
- Going beyond networking – opportunities for speaking engagements and coaching
- Sharing successes – would like to hear more women telling their story
- Staying current with the rapid pace of change in technology
- The age of specialization and how this impacts careers in tech
- Different flavours of mentoring – beyond 1-on-1 to mentoring groups (see the Mentorship Circle that the Toronto chapter hosts)
- How to take your career to the next step – CIO, CTO, staying technical while moving ahead
Impactful programs that are relevant to the community are essential to the success of the Calgary Chapter going forward. To run chapter events and ensure they are valuable to the broad spectrum of women in the community, becoming a member of CanWIT is critical. Our goal in the Calgary chapter is to fund these events as much as possible using local corporate sponsors and membership fees to drive our growth.
What’s next? Join us on Thursday, April 25th.
Our April event in Calgary is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Petroleum Club. A common theme from the roundtables at the kickoff event was learning opportunities and networking. On Thursday, April 25 one of our local members, Carol Fink, will facilitate a session on professional networking and communication for the introverts and extroverts in the room. See more about Carol’s session online when you register.
You also told us you wanted to hear more stories – lessons learned in staying current and advancing your career in tech. You will hear from another of our Board of Directors on April 25th.
Seating is limited, so register early. We look forward to seeing you at the event.
Calgary Chapter, CanWIT
Mentorship Matters Montreal – Roundtable Discussion for Women in Technology and Engineering
Mentorship Matters Montreal –
Roundtable Discussion for Women in Technology and Engineering
Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) and McGill University’s ‘Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering’ (POWE) have partnered to co-host “Mentorship Matters Montreal!” Join this unique mentoring roundtable session for female engineering and technology students and young professionals to receive advice and address their main concerns as women in the work force. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about CanWIT and POWE!
An invitation to a conversation about Women in the HRM technology workforce
Did you know...
Women make up only 19% of the technology workforce in Nova Scotia? And in most areas, women’s participation rate is less than 10%?
What's your story? What attracted you to this sector? How did you find a job? What keeps you working in technology?
What are your ideas? How can more women be encouraged to enter these fields? What is important for women to get and keep jobs in the sector?
Backbone Magazine Names CanWIT and CATAAlliance Best 10 in Tech Associations: CATAAlliance also to be featured in European International Innovation Magazine
Ottawa, March 7, 2013 - Backbone Magazine has named CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance, and CATAAlliance as two of the Best 10 in Canadian Tech Associations. The recognition was part of Backbone200’s issue that features organizations, people, events and products that stand out, that contribute to Canada’s competitiveness and economic strengths.
“We are honoured to receive this all star recognition and ranking from one of Canada’s leading technology Magazines,” said CATA CEO, John Reid, noting, “it's a validation of the new business model the CATA team has developed to advance advocacy and provide member services. It is also a much deserved recognition of community executives who have freely given their time and expertise to help advance programs to improve Canada’s status as a competitive innovation nation.”
Join CanWIT BC's Group Mastermind Mentoring Circle 2013What is Group Mastermind Mentoring?
A 6-session program led by a facilitator which leverages the energy, experience and collective wisdom of the group to achieve each member's personal and professional goals.
How is it different from other types of Mentoring?
The balance of insights from your fellow participants and the facilitator provides you with comprehensive feedback and support. In addition, the group becomes a valuable peer network from whose experiences you can learn and draw from well beyond the duration of the program.
The Road Taken: Women in Technology & Paths to SuccessAs a CanWIT national partner, Accenture is pleased to invite you to a live webcast on International Women's Day, March 8, 2013 from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. ET.
Join us for what promises to be an exciting online virtual discussion with six inspiring business women. Our panelists will discuss what brought them to technology, the barriers they've faced, the people who supported them, and their views on how success can be defined—and redefined—over the course of a career.
Mentorship Matters Webinar – Making the Most of your eMentorship Experience with CanWIT
Share. Guide. Inspire.
A CanWIT 30 minute Webinar
Monday, March 4th at 1:00 p.m. EST.
You are invited to participate in this informative and interactive webinar session on CanWIT’s National eMentorship Program. Join CanWIT’s Community Manager, Colleen Fraser, and guest speaker and program Mentor, Heather O’Hara Levesque, to learn how to leverage CanWIT’s unique eMentoring platform to maximize your mentoring experience. This is a great opportunity to gain insight from successful mentoring matches and best practices observed from the program to date!
Springboard Enterprise's 'The Dolphin Tank' - Perfect the Art of the 'Pitch'
Join CanWIT and the Centre for Women in Business for Springboard Enterprise' 'The Dolphin Tank's' Canadian début Jan. 31st in Halifax!
CanWIT and the Centre for Women in Business have partnered to bring Springboard Enterprise's "The Dolphin Tank" to Canada for the very first time!
CanWIT CEO, Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, Reports Live from CES
Will a retired CIO survive CES? Step 1: Registration
Attending the Consumer Electronics Show- am I crazy or what? That is the question I have been asking myself. With over 150,000 attendees expected and (according to the organizers) over 3,000 vendors, will I survive?
Let me introduce myself. I have been a CIO for the past 25 years, took early retirement to do more board work and to help organizations I feel passionate about. Beside being the founding president of the CIO Association of Canada and the CEO and Chair of Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), I’m also Executive In Residence at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver. I’m on various boards such as ICBC, REBGV, CGA Canada. I also write articles such as “The CIO and the Board: Friend, Foe or Missing in Action.”
The Canadian Security Partners’ Forum Presents the 2nd Annual Women in Security Lecture Series
On February 7, 2013 the Canadian Security Partners' Forum in collaboration with ASIS Women in Security Council, KeyWIS - Key Women in Security, Women in Security Ontario (WIS(O)), and CanWIT - Canadian Women in Technology present the 2nd Annual Women in Security Lecture Series in Ottawa at the Hampton Inn & Conference Centre located at 200 Coventry Road (Vanier Parkway Exit on Highway 417).
Last year's event brought out more than 300 to the SOLD OUT Inaugural event and we are expecting equal to greater numbers this year so be sure to get your ticket before we sell out.
Event includes Dinner and lots of free parking (including underground parking)
CanWIT National Fall/Early Winter NewsletterDecember 12, 2012
Season's Greetings Canadian Women in Technology!
We've had one busy and transformational Fall! As the air gets colder and we prepare for the winter season and a New Year full of new possibilities, we wanted to provide our members and partners with an overview of the growth and expansion our organization has undergone over a period of just a few months! As you may know, CanWIT has expanded both its mandate and member benefits to ensure its sustainability and to better serve our members. Over the summer we welcomed Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie [view bio] as our new CEO and Chair, as well as an incredibly talented Advisory Council. This Fall, we also welcomed three new Chapter Chairs to the CanWIT family, including: Sheila Eddin [view bio], new Chapter Chair for BC Vancouver, as well as Nastaran Bisheban [view bio] and Kathy Alexander [view bio], co-Chairs of the new Waterloo Region Chapter!
It's nearly been a year since we first launched our National eMentorship program. With this milestone, we're now sharing the success stories of the year-long mentoring relationships between some of our mentors and mentees. We now need to take our initial success to the next level. We need to continue to build up our team of mentors and mentees. Check out this short video on Why Mentorship Matters! Sign-up today as a mentor or mentee at canwit.workingrooms.com!
Supporting investment in women-led startups by Alexandra Reid, Francis Moran and Associates
More than 60 angel investors, entrepreneurs, partners and sponsors filled a room in Toronto last week to hear about why such investments are vital for Canada and to listen to pitches from some high-potential early-stage technology companies led by women.
In her speech, Dr. Cindy Gordon, a startup founder and former VC who also co-founded MLA, directed the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and chaired CanWit, brought some valuable context to the conversation.
“In order for us to really be successful in supporting women in technology, we have to recognize that we have some fundamental issues that are catastrophic to this country,” said Dr. Gordon. “This is not a women’s issue. It’s a business imperative.”
The Power of Women in Technology
Opportunities for Angel Investment
Join Us November 19th, 2012 4pm-7pm
CanWIT National ‘Ask the Expert’ Webinar on the CIO Profile - Recording and Presentation Now Available!
CIO Profile with Susan Doniz, CIO, AIMIA: How to make a successful career as a CIO (and what every Business Leader needs to know about IT)!
What does it take to become a CIO in today's fast-paced IT world? Listen to CanWIT’s ‘Ask the Expert‘ host, Anne Raymond, Productivity Coach and Leadership Mentor at Xtreme Productivity.com, as she moderates this insightful and interactive session with special guest, Susan Doniz, CIO, AIMIA. Susan shares her journey and provides insight into what it takes to create a successful career as a CIO. You will learn about her career that has taken her around the globe and some of the business drivers in the IT world (and how to leverage them to transform your business). She'll also share her success tips on networking, work-life balance, and what it takes to lead in a global world. Whether you are on the path to becoming a CIO or you want to work smarter as a leader with your IT group, enjoy the conversation and find out more!
CanWIT Waterloo Region Chapter Launch Event
Celebrating Women in Technology
Join CanWIT in celebrating women in technology at the Waterloo Region Chapter 2012 Launch event.
Sign-up for Canada's Mentorship Challenge by Oct.30th
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 12-18, 2012) and to showcase the value of mentorship in fuelling Canadian entrepreneurship, Startup Canada in partnership with CYBF and CATAAlliance, is delighted to invite your organization to participate in the Canadian Mentorship Challenge - a nation-wide effort to collectively mentor more than 10,000 enterprising Canadians over the week.
CanWIT Advisory Council (CAC) - All-star Members of New Women in Tech Advisory Council Announced
CanWIT Advisory Council
The National CanWIT Advisory Council (CAC) plays a crucial role in accelerating CanWIT's programs and steering organizational direction and growth strategies under our important mandate to support the advancement of women in Canada's advanced technology sector. 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.
CanWIT broadened its mandate in 2012 to offer new opportunities for its membership base and to increase strategic partnerships across North America. Partnerships with U.S.-based Springboard Enterprises, The Women's Executive Network, and Startup Canada also assist the CAC in fostering CanWIT's commitment to mentorship and entrepreneurship for women-led tech companies.
Executive Operations Team
"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," says Nicole Whittle, Vice Chair, CanWIT.
-30-About CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance
Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT, a division of CATAAlliance) is a national volunteer organization with the aim of: 1) encouraging young women to consider a career in a technology field, 2) help accelerate, retain, and support the careers of women already in the field, and 3) through its partnership with Springboard Enterprises offer a premier platform for entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to meet and build great women-led technology-based businesses.
Canadian Women in Technology Receives Over 35 Applicants for New Advisory Council
Top women leaders help lead Mentorship, Entrepreneurship, Career Development, and Advocacy initiatives for an expanded CanWIT organization
OTTAWA - CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance, will be announcing the members of its new CanWIT Advisory Council (CAC) next week. With over 35 incredibly qualified and talented applicants, the nominating committee will select 9 – 12 entrepreneurs, industry and academic leaders, and students. All applicants also have the opportunity to participate on CanWIT’s Mentorship Committee and as Community Leaders in their regions. This new and more diversified operating model will evolve our stakeholder representation to meet the needs of women in our Advanced Technology Sector.
Swimming in The Dolphin Tank - A New York Experience
CanWIT's Introduction to the Dolphin Tank
From the desk of Emily Boucher - Executive Director, CanWIT
I had the privilege of visiting New York City the past two days to attend Springboard Enterprises' trade mark event, The Dolphin Tank. While it's exciting enough to be in the city of all cities, the Dolphin Tank event exceeded all of my already high expectations. I think it's generally a good sign to come out of an event and walk down 5th Ave. with such optimism that you don't even bother to notice the Louis Vuitton and Cartier boutiques on either side of you. So, if you haven't heard of Springboard Enterprises or this event and you're a budding entrepreneur, do yourself a favor and check it out. In the meantime, here's the low-down: the Dolphin Tank is a unique and incredibly positive approach to a Dragon's Den-esque style program for women-led businesses to access funding opportunities and investment advice. The majority of women involved in today's Dolphin Tank led technology/digital media businesses.
CanWIT Excited to Expand Mandate - New Member Benefits and Advisory Council
July 20, 2012
Small Business Showcase for CanWIT: Interested in having your company featured?Date: July 4, 2012
Attn: Women in Technology Community Executives
Re: Small Business Showcase: Profile Opportunity
As a Division of CATAAlliance, CanWIT regularly alerts our community to programs, initiatives and resources that support the growth of advanced technology enterprises and innovation leadership in Canada.
To this end, I encourage women led businesses to look at the benefits of participating in the Intel/CATA Small Business Showcase.
One of the goals of the Showcase is to profile SME's (Small to Mid-sized enterprises) in Canada that exemplify the smart use of technology, overcomes business growth obstacles with innovative approaches, and successfully adopt technology to improve their competitiveness.
CanWIT Advisory Council - Call for Nominations
July 6, 2012Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, CEO and Chair of CanWIT (Founding President of the CIO Association of Canada and recently retired CEO of Inventure Solutions and SVP of Information Technology at Vancity) invites nominations from women leaders in technology related roles to serve as members of the newly created CanWIT Advisory Council (CAC).
The CAC serves as a governing body to provide guidance and advice in relation to the implementation and operation of CanWIT's mandate to support women in Canada's technology sector, and also offers a community network to assess needs, trends, and achievements.
CanWIT National Spring Newsletter
June 5, 2012
Welcome to our 2012 Spring newsletter! We'd like to begin with a huge congratulations to three wonderful CanWIT women who were honoured this year for their achievements! Our BC Chapter co-chair, Joanne Hausch, was recently honoured with a Peak Award in the category of Community Legacy for her dedication to her community, including her work with CanWIT. Two members of the BC Chapter, Valerie Mann, a Partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, and Catherine Aczel Boivie, CEO, Inventure Solutions, and Senior Vice-President, Information Technology, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, were both recognized as two of Canada's Top 100 Influential Women. Congratulations to Joanne, Val, and Catherine!
The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to the woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women.
Sara Kirke is considered by many to be North America's first entrepreneur. Sara Kirke arrived in Newfoundland in 1638 with her husband David Kirke, who was soon recalled to England. Sara, however, continued to reside in Avalon, and conducted business as usual from the Pool Plantation. Lady Kirke was a remarkable individual as she managed affairs at the Pool Plantation and became one of the most successful merchants on the English Shore -- and was almost certainly North America's first and foremost woman entrepreneur.
CanWIT Launches Unique National On-line eMentorship Program
December 7th, 2011 (OTTAWA) – Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) launched Canada’s first national on-line eMentorship program for young women technology professionals today. The program encourages young women to consider careers in technology and supports those entering the workforce with advice, resources and direct access to leaders in the field.
“Women make up nearly half of the Canadian workforce, yet only a quarter of the advanced technology sector. Our sector’s ability to retain talented women is significantly low,” said Joanne Stanley, Co-founder and Executive Director, CanWIT. “We want to drastically improve those statistics with programs that support the advancement of women in technology.”