Mentoring Needed to Boost Representation of Women in Toronto's ICT Sector -- New slate of women lead CATA WIT program, tackle Health Care in first event
March 03, 2008

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Toronto, March 4th -- The CATA Women in Technology Forum has appointed a new executive team to run a program of mentoring events in Toronto for women in ICT.

"The technology industry is severely under-represented by women," says Suzie Labonne, VP Ontario-New England, R3D Consulting, Chair of CATA WIT Forum in Toronto. "Networking and mentoring are critical elements to attract and retain women in a sector that drives Canada's competitiveness."

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance WIT Forum was started in 2005to create a national community network to help women in tech and bio-tech advance in their careers and start companies.

The CATA WIT Forum Toronto executives are Barbara Chomey, Nortel, Suzanne Harrison, MTS Allstream, Naomi Lipowski, Yahoo, Maureen Mottonen, Critical Wisdom Ltd, Lauren Friese, Talentegg.ca, Sheetal Vyas, Merrill Lynch, Eleanor Bulatao, Technology and Consulting and Pina Raimondi, Siemens.
See: http://www.catawit.ca/chapters/toronto/organizingTeam/

CATA WIT Forum's first event for 2008, on March 7th features Julie Richards, Group Director, Standards at Canada Health Infoway who will share her experience about careers in the health sector which is facing major technology challenges.
See:http://www.catawit.ca/chapters/toronto/items/events03070801.asp

On March 25 the CATA WIT Circle of Wisdom series starts which will provide networking and mentoring opportunities with senior female and male role models in diverse technology sectors.
See: http://www.catawit.ca/files/PDF/Circle-of-Wisom-Leaders-in-Web2.pdf

Corporate partners of CATA WIT Forum including MTS Allstream, Merill Lynch, TELUS, R3D, ICTC and Labarge Weinstein Professional Corporation, all recognize the urgency to create programs to increase female talent in the technology industries that are facing a major skills shortage crisis.

For more information, contact:

Joanne Stanley
Managing Director
CATA WIT Forum
jstanley@cata.ca
613-236-6550 ext 223

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About CATA WIT Forum (http://www.catawit.ca)CATA WIT Forum is a division of the CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high-tech association. Together CATA WIT Forum and CATAAlliance reach out across Canada to connect individual members and companies under the CATA Innovation Nation umbrella.