Nova Scotia Plays Lead Role in Advancing Mentorship for Women in Tech: Techsploration and CanWIT team up on role model Video Sharing Channel for Mentorship
August 13, 2015

Ottawa On, Halifax, NS….CATAAlliance (www.cata.ca) announced today that the new CanWIT (Women in Tech) Video Sharing Channel for Mentorship is being boosted through a partnership and content creation collaboration with Techsploration, a Nova Scotia based not for profit community organization that assists young women in exploring technology, science, and trades career options.


CanWIT National Spokesperson Cindy Gordon, CEO of Saleschoice Inc.  said, “Both organizations share similar goals and believe absolutely that mentors and role models are critical to a woman’s decision to enter the technology sector.” Techsploration, President, Tina Kelly, Academic Chair, School  of Trades and Technology Nova Scotia Community College, IT Campus added, “ A mentor's input and guidance can help build the necessary skills and confidence a young woman needs to advance in her career.”


Why Mentorship Matters


  • Canadian women represent almost half of the overall Canadian workforce, yet: They make up only 25% of the Canadian advanced technology workforce;


  • An even smaller percentage of women in the tech sector are managers; 52% of highly qualified females working in science, engineering and technology companies  will quit their jobs within the first 10 years of their career;


  • 38% of women hold leadership roles in Canada, yet only 16% hold leadership roles in the corporate sector (compared with 59% in the education sector and 37% in government agencies); and,


  • 37% of Boards of Directors and 17% of Senior Management Teams have no female representation in the corporate sector to guide Canada's future generation of women in technology.


Techsploration will supply Women in Action videos to the CanWIT Video Sharing  Channel for Mentorship, as part of a cross Canada program to help increase  the number of women working in science, trades, technical and  technology-related occupations and to encourage women already in ICT to  stay in the industry and find a career path that is fulfilling.


The CanWIT Video Sharing Channel will boost the repository of resources  available to Techsploration in the fulfillment of its goal to increase the  number of women working in technology, sciences, and trades occupations in Nova Scotia.

++ Action Item: Add to the Mentorship and Diversity conversation on our on-line, moderated CanWIT (Women in Tech) Forum  and circulate to your team to assist with peer networking, education and awareness:: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/CanWIT-Women-in-Tech-GLOBAL-3307815/about



Contact:


Chantal Brine, Manager, Community Relations Techsploration

chantal.brine@techsploration.ca

John Reid, CEO, CATAAlliance

jreid@cata.ca