WCT Celebrates: Sparks of Change

We're excited to announce WCT Celebrates: Sparks of Change, a leadership excellence event series presented by Microsoft. Seven webinars throughout the month of March will be a chance for you to meet and engage with the recipients of our 2020 Annual Leadership Excellence Awards. Having to cancel our 2020 Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala meant finding a new way to applaud the honourees. We are proud to expand the celebration of award recipients to more people in more locations.

Virtual event series schedule:

March 4, 12pm EST: Chameli Naraine, CEO, Symcor (2020 Company of the Year) and Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada, in conversation.

March 4, 2pm EST: Sarah Paquet, Director & CEO, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (2020 Public Sector Champion-Government), Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder & Director, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University (2020 Public Sector Champion-Academic), and Anuja Sheth, VP, Business Networks and Bell TV, Bell (2019 Trailblazer), moderated by Lisa Carroll, Canadian Public Sector Leader, Microsoft Canada.

March 11, 12pm: Francoise Gagnon, CEO, ADGA Group Consultants Inc. (2020 Trailblazer), Sonia Brar, VP, Customer Operations Strategy, Design & Delivery, Bell (2020 Innovator), and Sherry Vanstone, Founder, President & CEO, Profound Impact (2020 Entrepreneur), moderated by Carole Santerre, VP, Network Reliability & Service Assurance, Shaw Communications. (Sponsored by Shaw Communications.)

March 11, 2pm: Victoria Pelletier, VP & Senior Partner, North American Talent & Transformation Leader, IBM (2020 Mentor) and Caroline Gayle, Managing Director, Accenture (2019 Mentor), moderated by Cheryl Fullerton, EVP, People & Communications, Corus Entertainment (2020 WCT Leader)

March 17, 12pm: Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada (2020 Diversity Champion) and Dr. Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Dean, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University (2019 Diversity Champion), moderated by Suzanne Gagliese, VP, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft

March 17, 2pm: Eilidh Lindsay-Sinclair, Director, Marketing, CloudKettle (2020 Rising Star), Fatima Sarah Khalid, Developer Programs Engineer, Pantheon Platform (2018 Rising Star), Valerie Song, CEO, AVA & Kids Code Jeunesse Volunteer and Kate Arthur, CEO & Founder, Kids Code Jeunesse (2020 Empowerment)

March 25, 2pm: Sabrina Geremia, VP and Country Director, Google Canada (2020 Woman of the Year) and Rola Dagher, Global Channel Chief, Dell Technologies (2019 Woman of the Year) in conversation.


Take advantage of one of these affordable registration options: 

  • Participate in the entire series (save $25 off registering for all 7 individual events): $90 WCT members, $150 non-members 
  • Register for an individual event: $15 WCT members, $25 non-members 

You may register for the full series of webinars (7 webinars total), or individually for one or more webinars. Please ensure that your selections are correct prior to purchase. WCT members must sign in to their account to receive their member discount. If you are registering with an Event Supporter discount code, please enter your discount code in the box provided.

All session times are listed in EST. Online registration closes 90 minutes prior to event start time. Please email awards@wct-fct.com if you would like to register once registration has closed. Registration for the "entire series" option closes March 4 at 10:30am EST.

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With ongoing support from Women and Gender Equality Canada.

March 4th, 2021 12:00 PM through March 25th, 2021 3:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Entire series $ 169.50 (includes taxes of $ 19.50)
Individual events
March 4, 12pm EST: Company of the Year $ 28.25 (includes taxes of $ 3.25)
March 4, 2pm EST: The Importance of Gender Equity $ 28.25 (includes taxes of $ 3.25)
March 11, 12pm EST: Women in Innovation $ 28.25 (includes taxes of $ 3.25)
March 11, 2pm EST: Mentorship, Diversity, Inclusion and Promoting the Advancement of Women $ 28.25 (includes taxes of $ 3.25)
March 17, 12pm EST: Male Allies and Champions for Diversity $ 28.25 (includes taxes of $ 3.25)
March 17, 2pm EST: Young Women in STEM $ 28.25 (includes taxes of $ 3.25)
March 25, 2pm EST: Woman of the Year $ 28.25 (includes taxes of $ 3.25)
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