Our Team

Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) is made possible by the incredible work of a group of loyal and dedicated volunteers located across Canada, the time invested by the Board of Directors and the support of all their companies along with a small national staff, headquartered in Ottawa.

WCT Team

Joanne Stanley, Executive Director

Lynda Leonard, Director of Research and Advocacy

Shannon Sears, Director of Programs and Public Affairs

Alia Hammoud, Finance and Administration Manager

Hana Sabah, Digital Marketing Communications Officer


WCT National Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Cheryl Fullerton, Executive Vice President, People and Communications, Corus
  • Past Chair: Michelle Magwood, President, Magwood Consulting
  • Corporate Secretary: Leslie Milton, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Treasurer: Pardeep Singh Gill, Partner, Audit Technology, Media and Telecommunications, KPMG

Board Directors

  • Lynda Partner, Vice President, Marketing, Pythian
  • Dan Stark, Commercial Sales Lead, AWS Canada, Amazon Web Services
  • Liette Vigneault, Vice-President, Human Resources and Communications, Cogeco Cable
  • Dorothy Johnson, Services Practice Leader, Microsoft
  • Irena Zhivov, Delivery Director, Brightstar Corp
  • Christin Weidemann, Director Quality Engineering, Slalom Build
  • Saba Shariff, Head, New Product Development and Corporate Strategy, Symcor
  • Stephanie Byard, Director, Media Sales and Head of Agency, Rogers Sports and Media
  • Candice McLeod, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions, Shaw Communications Inc
  • Jennifer Roynon, Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, IBM Canada
  • Sonia Brar, Vice President, Customer Operations Strategy, Design & Delivery, Bell Canada
  • Safdar Mahmood, Managing Vice President, Pariveda Solutions
  • Emma Parkinson, Account Services Country Leader, HPE


  • Robin Hildebrand, Vice President, Human Resources & Regulatory Affairs, Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. 
  • Chantal Davis, Director, Spectrum Regulatory Best Practices, Innovation Science and Economic Development 
  • Krista Shibata, Leader, Women in Technology Initiative, IBM Canada 
  • Robyn Heaton, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Media and Design, Algonquin College 
  • Denise Shortt, Vice President, Industry Development, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
  • Fawn Annan, CEI, ITWorld