2017 Annual Award Winners
WCT is proud to announce the winners of their 2017 Annual Awards which celebrates women, men and organizations dedicated to innovation, digital adoption and the advancement of women in Canada's digital economy. Read the press release to learn more.
Woman of the Year
Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President English Services, CBC Image
Leadership Excellence Awards
Arleen King, Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience, TELUS
Obsessed with putting the customer experience at the heart of everything she does, Arleen leads more than 8,000 diverse TELUS team members across Canada and abroad. Through her inspirational leadership, intense customer focus and commitment for her team, Arleen has launched innovative strategies to transform the TELUS customer experience.
Arleen is a calculated risk taker in a demanding role, but she always finds time to connect and inspire her team. In order to be a true trailblazer, she knows the importance of authentic leadership and creating a culture that encourages challenging the status quo. Arleen passionately believes that transformation is a journey, and empowers her team to think big when it comes to putting customers first.
Heavily involved in her community, Arleen offers sponsorship, guidance and leadership to thousands of women and men in Canada and around the world.
Catherine Cano, President and General Manager, CPAC
WCT Innovator of the YearWith over 20 years of executive leadership experience, Catherine is a clear winner of our woman of the year honour. Throughout her career, Catherine has a solid track record of noteworthy contributions to Canada’s broadcast industry. Catherine has remained a dedicated mentor and trailblazer throughout her decorated career as a journalist, and continues to light a way for others while leading as a broadcast executive in the public and private sectors in Canada.
Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Radio, Rogers
Julie encourages and embraces change in Canada’s media landscape, helping revolutionize the radio business while tirelessly promoting the advancement of women in the industry.
A self-professed radio geek, she is an advocate for women’s participation at the highest levels at Rogers – a leading diversified Canadian communications and media company. Julie plays an active role in fostering strong female leaders and ensures the advancement of women across the company through mentoring and coaching.
Julie does more than strive for diversity and inclusion at Rogers. She also recognizes the need to unite broadcasters to reach Canadians through emerging media and technology. This past year, Julie led the launch of Radioplayer, collaborating with more than 15 radio broadcasters across the country to launch the partnership and ultimately help transform Canada’s radio landscape.
Eniko Rozsa, Natural Language and Dialogue Team, IBM
WCT Technology Innovator
Eniko is a pioneer in one of the most fascinating and important aspects of modern computing. With a deep understanding of clients’ needs, cognitive computing and natural language processing, she has a rare ability to identify technology gaps. As part of the IBM Cognitive Computing Group, Eniko applies her expertise in natural language processing to cutting-edge technologies, finding and developing solutions for clients in nearly every industry.
An innovator and inventor, Eniko holds numerous patents in natural language processing and artificial intelligence, including three new disclosures in 2016. Her breakthroughs have driven solutions that have doubled success rates compared with classic search portals. Her expertise doesn’t stop at inventing, however; she’s skilled at execution, and loves seeing complex projects through, from concept to delivery.
More than a technical expert, Eniko is a true leader. A respected manager of people, she builds and leads multifaceted project teams, training and mentoring the next generation of artificial intelligence experts at IBM.
Vicki Iverson, CTO Iversoft
With keen vision and innovative technology, Vicki and her business partner have taken their small app-development studio and turned it into a multimillion-dollar agency. With confidence and ambition, Vicki and Matt have steered the team through the chaos that high-growth creates to build solid products that are enjoyed by millions.
At Iversoft, Vicki leads and mentors her team, imparting a vision that anything is possible. She has built a reputation for unparalleled quality and established a games portfolio that ranks among the best in the country. As a developer, Vicki is a force to be reckoned with—laying down inventive, clean and inspired code in a fraction of the time it would take most developers.
Vicki is a fierce advocate for technology, youth in STEM and entrepreneurship. She brings her energy and insight to the Ottawa community through TECDE, Microsoft YouthSpark, and various local developer and technology meetups.
Elizabeth Alves, Vice President, Internal Audit and Risk Management, Cogeco Inc.
When she joined WCT three years ago, Elizabeth had no reservations about stepping into the Quebec chair position. Thanks to her tenacity, zeal and pioneering attitude, WCT Quebec has made significant inroads in the community and rallied members to network, develop their talents, and rise up in the workplace.
Elizabeth continues to breathe new life into the WCT chapter in Montreal, organizing four major events a year and attracting up to 200 attendees. Her contributions extend beyond members, events or paid dues; she tirelessly promotes the advancement of women.
As vice president of internal audit and risk management, Elizabeth’s experience and fresh perspective on women’s issues are invaluable to Cogeco’s internal women’s network as well as WCT.
She is creative, professional and harbours a deep belief that, with the support of a strong network, including WCT, women can develop their potential and be recognized for their achievements. Elizabeth has successfully promoted the advancement of women in her own workplace and in WCT, and in doing so, has herself become a role model for countless others.
Dany Meloul, Vice-President, Programming for French-Language TV, Bell Media
Dany brings drive, passion, and enthusiasm to Bell Media every day and has instilled confidence in teams and colleagues throughout her career. She is a bold and generous leader who builds a culture of trust and respect and a spirit of partnership. Her passion is contagious and her determination to see her team excel is uncompromising.
She has helped guide an entire generation of young professionals, endorsing other women as she has advanced in her career. Through her work with the Bell Women’s Network and as a board member of Femmes du cinema, de la télévision et des media numériques, she supports and mobilizes women to develop networks and skills to grow their careers.
Dany continues to collaborate in creative projects that provide growth for women working in the industry, as well as the expansion of Québec culture across Canada.
Empowerment Award, presented by IBM
Company of the Year