CanWIT Announces New CEO: Sandra Wear to Lead CanWIT
April 2, 2014

OTTAWA, March. 31, 2014 - CanWIT is pleased to announce the selection of its CEO, Sandra Wear, effective April 1st 2014. Sandra Wear is a two-time entrepreneur who now helps other tech entrepreneurs get investment ready and fit product-to-market.

Sandra brings an impressive 15-year track record of building companies that capitalize market opportunities. Previously she was Founder of DocSpace, a SaaS company that was acquired for $568M at close. She was also CEO & Founder of Atalum, a SaaS cleantech company, first-to-market with a standardized platform for managing and controlling ZigBee wireless networks.

"The Executive Committee and National Advisory Council are thrilled to have Sandra at the helm," says Dr. Catherine Boivie, outgoing CEO and current Chair for CanWIT. "Sandra's technology forte spans the corporate and entrepreneurial space. Her demonstrated leadership will spearhead the next phase of CanWIT's growth."

Sandra has held executive positions in North America and Europe while playing a critical role in defining and executing market-driven corporate strategies. She has led marketing and business development efforts to diversify the customer base. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies at the CXO or VP level to identify opportunities for new products and markets.

"I am incredibly excited to take on the role of CanWIT CEO. I believe my skill-set uniquely positions me to help CanWIT achieve sustainable and strong growth," notes Sandra Wear, incoming CanWIT CEO. "Furthermore, the position aligns with my endeavours to build a robust innovation economy in Canada with equitable gender representation. I look forward to working with CanWIT's Regional Chapter Chairs and members to further our mission of attracting, retaining and providing leadership to women in STEM."

"Sandra's diverse experience will help advance CanWIT's corporate goals by focusing on streamlining operations, aligning chapter and national initiatives and rounding out our executive leadership team," states Nicole Whittle, Vice-Chair for CanWIT.

Sandra is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur who has shown exceptional passion for fostering the advancement of women in Canada's technology sector and has always been a strong supporter and advocate for CanWIT.

About CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance
is a national volunteer organization that encourages young women to consider a career in a technology field and helps accelerate the careers of women already in the field. We provide knowledge and support through various programs, that include our mentorship initiatives, networking events, professional development and advocacy. CanWIT offers both national and local events to promote networking and education among women in technology. For more information please visit: www.canwit.ca

CanWIT Main Contact:
Cathi Malette, Project Coordinator, CanWIT
Email: cmalette@cata.ca
Phone: 613-889-6465