Women in Leadership Events
WCT and ITAC regularily hold Women in Leadership events across Canada featuring incredible female leaders.
Angela Brown, CEO of Moneris, in conversation with Lisa Carroll, Senior Vice President, National Capital Region, CGI at WCT's Women in Leadership Calgary event.
WCT hosted an executive panel at Corus in Toronto with Carolyn Jarvis as moderator. The panel featured Barbara Williams, COO of Corus Entertainment, Jules Andrew, SVP at RBC and Paul Vallée, Founder and CEO of Pythian.
The panelists shared their experiences in attracting, retaining and advancing female talent in their organizations, and the strategies they've seen work. Below are some highlights from the conversation.
Canada's only cross-company, cross-sector career sponsorship program, the Protégé Project matches rising stars with seasoned executives in Canada's information, communications technology and media industries. The executive sponsors act as all out champions for their protégés, leveraging their networks and experience to propel women beyond the glass ceiling and into the C-Suite.
The Protégé Project was pioneered by Corus Entertainment and Catalyst. Corus continues to power this groundbreaking program.
Up the Numbers
What gets measured gets improved. So to improve the number of women in leadership in Canada, WCT has committed to measuring the number of women working in information, communications, technology and media companies.
Up the Numbers encourages digital employers to report their metrics on the engagement of women in various roles and at various levels in their organizations. The Up the Numbers initiative also includes WCT working with companies, governments and academic institutions to establish best practices and strategies to recruit and advance women in the digital economy.
WCT, in partnership with Status of Women Canada, produced a Needs Assessment report to identify what women need from employers, diversity organizations like WCT, and professional development opportunities.
Strategies for Career Advancement: A Needs Assessment Report
This reportis a summary of the main findings of a Needs Assessment which was commissioned by Women in Communications and Technology in March of 2016. The Needs Assessment sought to:
- Document the current status of women’s participation in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector in Canada, with a focus on the last five years (2010-2015);
- Identify strategies for improving women’s career advancement in the ICT sector; and
- Gather more in depth information about mentoring/sponsorship as a career strategy in the ICT sector.
The report uses survey data from the WCT community, as well as existing literature.