The Atlantic Chapter of Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a Division of CATAAlliance, and Tech South East Inc. are pleased to announce the establishment of a partnership to promote the advancement and growth of women in technology in the South East Region of New Brunswick. Tech South East works directly with the ICT, health, and life sciences sectors to accelerate growth and economic development in South East New Brunswick. CanWIT’s Atlantic Chapter was launched in the spring of 2011 and is part of a National network of women in technology designed to boost women’s participation and advancement in Canada’s technology sector. Women currently only make-up 25 per cent of Canada’s advanced technology workforce.
“Tech South East has established a reputation for supporting, promoting, and facilitating the growth of technologies in the region. A partnership with CanWIT will benefit both organizations in bringing greater awareness for the need of women in technology, and non-traditional leadership roles,” says Laura O’Blenis, Chair of the CanWIT Atlantic Chapter. “We look forward to working with Tech South East, and the Greater Moncton region to advance the regional knowledge economy and women in IT movement.”
CanWIT is currently leading a national eMentorship project funded by the Canadian Government's Status of Women Partnership Fund that is set to launch this October in the Atlantic region. “The eMentorship initiative represents one of the early opportunities for this partnership,” added O’Blenis.
“One of our strategies at Tech South East,” says President and C.E.O. Doug Robertson, “is to leverage added value and knowledge for our members through partnerships with organizations such as CanWIT. Both organizations have a strong commitment to supporting women in technology.” He added, “we are pleased to partner with CanWIT to deliver this new, innovative program to women in South East New Brunswick.”
Dieppe-based Heather O’Hara Levesque, VP of Sponsorship, CanWIT Atlantic Chapter, and Sally Ng, Tech South East’s Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, will represent their respective organizations in the partnership.
For more information on Tech South East: www.techsoutheast.ca
For more information on CanWIT: www.catawit.ca