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Women’s Leadership in the Digital Economy

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Women in Communications and Technology, WCT, recently completed a major nationwide consultation about the best practices and strategies to encourage women's advancement in the digital industries as well as greater diversity and inclusion outcomes among employers.


In partnership with the BC Chapter, WCT will share the results of this report at an event on May 8, 2018. The program will feature a brief presentation on the report findings and recommendations followed by a discussion by leaders in the digital economy of why we need more diversity and how to more swiftly achieve equality.  The discussion format will be Fishbowl-style, described below

Location: CodeCore - 142 W Hastings St.

Date: May 8, 2018

Time: 5:00 registration, 5:30 start

Light refreshments provided

$5 from each ticket will go to Ladies Learning Code, an educational program by Canada Learning Code.




Shann McGrail is Co-founder of Devreve Inc., a company focused on helping technology companies develop and diversity talent to achieve business results.  

Combining her leadership experience with the love of performing on stage she creates innovative and engaging offerings that apply powerful techniques from improvisational theatre to foster creativity, build stronger teams, and realize untapped potential.

Prior to starting Devreve, Shann has held senior leadership positions in sales, professional services, and business operations with industry-leading companies, including Microsoft, Ernst and Young and H.P. She is a certified coach and works with startup and scaleup companies through Ontario’s regional innovation centers. She has been consistently recognized throughout her career for leadership excellence, the passion she has exhibited in developing the others, and achieving results.

Shann has been engaged with WCT as a board member and currently manages the Mentorship and Protégé Project programs for developing and advancing women in the communications, media and technology sectors. She has also facilitated the roundtables and supported the development of the Blueprint for Women’s Leadership, an action plan to close the gender gap in the Communication, Media and Technology sectors.


Zara Gray is the Senior Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion, for Goldcorp Inc., a senior gold producer.  Since joining Goldcorp in 2014, Zara has led the expansion of the award-winning Creating Choices program, Goldcorp’s training, development and mentorship program for women.  The Program assists women in advancing their careers within the organization, through education, skills training and mentorship, to enable them to assume greater responsibility for their work, opportunities for advancement and thereby improve their lives and those of their families and communities where Goldcorp operates.  Zara is passionate about building inclusive workplaces and was instrumental in developing the company’s first global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and supporting its rollout in partnership with Goldcorp’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Zara worked in the Resources Division of the Australian Government Department of Industry and the Science Division of the French Embassy in Australia.  Zara holds a dual Bachelor Degree in International Business and Media Communications from Queensland University of Technology.


Joanne Stanley is Executive Director of Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) appointed in March 2013.  WCT is a national professional association dedicated to the advancement of women as leaders and contributors to Canada's digital economy. WCT represents a nationwide network of women and companies in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, social media and technology and an extensive set of programs in networking, development, mentorship and career support

Ms. Stanley has had an unwavering commitment to women in the technology and communications industries for her entire career first as a senior executive in the telecommunications sector and then through her work at CanWIT (Canadian Women in Tech)  and at Women in Communications and Technology (WCT).

Through her leadership at WCT, Ms Stanley has advanced numerous initiatives to address gender-related barriers to career advancement of women at all levels.    She established a large-scale mentoring platform, launched the first senior executive sponsorship program for women in ICT in Canada, developed an online community platform for ongoing collaboration and connections for women in ICT, instituted national research projects and engaged in ongoing industry consultations.

Ms. Stanley has been on several taskforces on women's entrepreneurship.  Through her numerous community and industry stakeholder initiatives, Ms. Stanley remains the leading voice for women in advanced communications and technology. activities in Canada. With over 30 years of experience in marketing and communications in the technology sector, Ms. Stanley knows first-hand the issues and challenges facing women in career advancement.

In digital industries. Ms. Stanley has held senior positions in Bell Canada, Telecom Canada,  Stentor Telecom Inc., the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. 


John Lyotier  is Co-founder and COO of Left as well as CEO of the RightMesh project​. While John received a Bachelors of Arts from the University of British Columbia (English and Art History), he has a unique ability to engineer growth while understanding technical parlance having spent more than 20 years in enterprise software, marketing, and technology startups. Under his leadership, Left has gained a national reputation as being a “Best Workplace” award winner while being the first back-to- back recipient of the BC Tech Association’s Tech Impact Award for Community Engagement, recognizing the best company in BC for balancing “Work, Life, and Play”.



Denise is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty and social change. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology. She has worked to gain experience at the federal, provincial and local levels and has enjoyed using a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development to build strong networks across organizations.

The role of Executive Director for the First Nations Technology Council has been incredibly inspiring and motivating. Denise has greatly appreciated the opportunity to develop and implement a social enterprise business model for the Technology Council and the opportunity to connect with First Nations communities across the province to discuss digital technologies. Denise believes strongly in the power of digital technologies designed and controlled by First Nations and believes in the transformative change it supports in building strong, healthy and thriving communities.

Denise volunteers locally on the downtown eastside with the Urban Native Youth Association as a member of the Board of Directors and as the President of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Center Society.



Thank you to our sponsors!



CodeCore is a 12 week intensive training program for Web Software Development with a focus on Node.js, Express, Ruby on Rails, React, Javascript, and more.

Founded in 2000, Township 7 has two BC wineries, one situated in the scenic Fraser Valley and the other on the picturesque Naramata Bench in Canada’s premier wine region, the Okanagan Valley.




Fishbowl discussion

Seven chairs are arranged in an inner circle (the fishbowl). The remaining chairs are arranged outside the fishbowl. Four invited panelists occupy four chairs in the fishbowl with three chairs remaining open to encourage participants from the audience to move into the fishbowl and join the conversation. The rest of the audience sits on the chairs outside the fishbowl. The moderator introduces the topic and the people in the fishbowl start discussing the topic with the audience outside the fishbowl listening in on the discussion until they feel moved to join the fishbowl and the conversation by occupying one of the two empty chairs.

One chair must remain open, which means that once a member of the audience joins the fishbowl by taking a seat in the empty chair, one of the other audience participants must voluntarily leave the fishbowl. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the fishbowl.

May 8th, 2018 5:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
142 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
Event Fee(s)
Individual ticket $ 10.50 (includes taxes of $ 0.50)

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