Recognizing powerful female leaders is a critical ingredient to advancing Women in Communications and Technology's (WCT) mission of empowering women in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, digital media and technology to achieve professional success, to aim higher and to be recognized for their achievements.
One way WCT recognizes female leaders across our country is at our Annual Awards Gala.
Click here to see our 2016 Award Winners!
Woman of the Year Award
The Woman of the Year Award is the highest individual honour bestowed by WCT each year. The Award is presented to a woman at an executive level who, throughout her career, has made a significant contribution to any sector of the communications and technology industries, and who has contributed materially to the advancement of women within the industry.
The Woman of the Year candidate is a role model, mentor and visionary who exhibits extraordinary leadership qualities that empower those around her. Nominations for this award must highlight the nominee’s demonstrated leadership and outstanding achievements in advancing either industry and in advocating the advancement of women.
Company of the Year Award
The Company of the Year Award enables WCT to recognize the full spectrum of achievement in the critically important area of diversity and organizational change. The Company of the Year is an industry role model and leader, supporting women’s advancement and leadership.
The Company of the Year Award recipient is honoured at the Annual Awards Gala.
WCT Leadership Excellence Awards
The Leadership Excellence awards celebrate women of achievement who have distinguished themselves in any sector of the communications and technology industries.
There are nine different categories of Leadership Excellence: Mentor, Innovator, Trailblazer, Technology Innovator, Diversity Champion, Emerging Leader, Entrepreneur, WCT Leader, and Empowerment
For LEA Mentor award recipients, guiding and helping to develop women leaders in the tech and communications sectors is a fundamental responsibility. Nominees may be involved in industry-wide initiatives, or helping younger women bolster their careers at their own workplaces. Some mentors are natural, informal guides and coaches, always ready to listen and advise. Others are in more structured mentoring arrangements, working with selected candidates, helping develop programs, or getting their employer to support more mentorship programs, especially for women.
The LEA for Innovator is given to someone who has contributed to their field, company or area of expertise in new, novel and unusual ways. They’re known for being exceptional at what they do, and often raise the bar by re-creating knowledge or technology in new and useful ways. They believe in themselves and their ideas. They take chances on others, too, welcoming new thinking, processes and problem-solving styles.
These are the people who see the way through the woods, don’t waste time sorting the forest from the trees, and are not afraid of a fork in the road or a bumpy ride. They are risk-takers and change agents, willing to break new ground and remove old barriers.
This award recognizes the essence of our industry and technology. It’s given to someone who has made a significant technical contribution to the communications and/or technology sectors, or whose innovation sense and ideas are helping shape amazing new directions for others to follow.
This award was created specifically to recognize the contributions of men in advancing women's engagement and leadership in the digital economy. These recipients demonstrate their belief in the principle that diverse organizations are better run, more successful and more innovative than homogeneous ones through personal action and advocacy. They are active sponsors, mentors and promoters of gender equality. Within their organizations they set policy and processes to maximize the contributions and influence of women in their workforce and across the whole Canadian economy.
They have the courage to go it alone, as a start-up or in the corporate world. Recipients of the LEA for Entrepreneur have blazed new trails or built the equivalent of a better mousetrap in technology, communications, social media or gaming. They’ve broken away from the pack to find their own version of success, contributing to our industry in new and definitive ways.
Preparing the industry’s next generation of leaders is a key tenet of WCT. The LEA for Emerging Leader is presented to a young person whose talent and leadership abilities are evident early in their career. They are quick off the mark and setting a new pace, influencing thought and charting new directions in techcomm industries and organizations.
Recipients of this special category of award have made exceptional contributions to WCT. They may have volunteered their time to help guide and run our organization, or championed our mission with potential funders. They may have led and overseen the development of our training and scholarship programs, helping to shape the experience of women who will soon be leading our industries’ most influential companies and organizations.
This award, presented by IBM, recognizes an individual, program, organization or company that demonstrates success in empowering girls to continue their participation and education in STEM.
WCT Annual Awards Gala from WCT-FCT on Vimeo.