TORONTO, April 18, 2012. In a move that swells membership numbers and creates a sea change of new services, programs and opportunities, Canadian Women in Communications and Wired Woman have signed a memorandum of understanding to bring the two nation-wide organizations under the CWC umbrella and brand.
The announcement by CWC President Stephanie MacKendrick was met with enthusiastic applause at the organization’s Annual Awards Gala in Ottawa on Monday night. Hosted by Montreal radio personality Kim Sullivan, the packed-house event was an exciting evening of recognition and accolades for women in the communications and technology sectors with appearances by BCE-Bell Canada President and CEO George Cope, Acting CRTC Chair Len Katz and M.P. and Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt, among others.
“CWC has always worked with other women’s organizations that are more closely focused on technology, and we’ve been able to meet our respective members’ needs without duplicating efforts,” says MacKendrick. “This union is an entirely new and much bigger value proposition for both groups. It opens up a whole new range of possibilities for our collective mandate.”
Yasmin Ranade, President of Wired Woman Toronto, echoes MacKendrick’s optimism about the enlarged organization’s prospects. “Both Wired Woman and CWC have a steller reputation for delivering professional development programs and events for women. Wired Woman Society brings more than 2300 members and a very successful and important mentoring program that connects women with technology qualifications with Wired Woman members who mentor and guide their careers. Pooling our resources this way gives our combined membership more chances to learn and grow, creating better opportunities for women to advance their careers and increase their representation in the broader communications-technology field.”
National President, Carol Parnel
The logistics of the process are expected to evolve over the next several months as the Wired Woman members and programs are brought under the CWC umbrella. News and details will be posted to the CWC website as they become available and finalized.
For more information, contact CWC at (416) 363-1880 or 1-800-361-2978. e-mail: .