CATA WIT NATIONAL NEWS
Youth in Action
CanWIT Participates in Because I Am a Girl Event
Ella Mar, Ottawa Chapter Co-chair, recently spoke at Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl Event. She discussed the work CanWIT is doing to encourage young women in pursuing careers in the technology sectors and the research into why so few women choose these careers. Ella also discussed the creation of the web community BringITon, our bilingual web-based and social media driven community which connects girls in high school and university to each other and to women already in technology fields. Its mission is in stimulating mentor/mentee relationships, and providing educational content and profiles of successful women in tech to promote careers in technologies.
For more information on Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl campaign please visit: http://plancanada.ca/Page.aspx?pid=2270&WT.mc_id=BIAAGFY11GOO100
Gen INC – Celebrating “Geeky" Girls
Genvieve L’Esperance, an 18 year-old from Montreal, is making big waves in Canada’s high tech world at a very young age. At the age of 15 she launched the first ever Teaching Kids Programming Course for young girls. She also runs Gen INC.
, a web channel for young girls and women. Targeted towards those who are tech savvy, the channel is a great blend of tech news, fun forums, events, and much more. In addition to being an online hang-out place for self-professed “geek" girls, it also acts as a platform that recognizes the exciting and not-so-stereotypical opportunities found in the world of technology. Gen INC.
also reaches out to girls to discuss important topics such as social etiquette on the internet, how to stay safe and ways they can help their peers and themselves thrive through the difficult teen years.
Check out Gen’s interview with Avatar Director, James Cameron: http://www.youtube.com/user/geninctv#p/a/u/0/W5qNVjQQipc
Women’s Leadership in CATA’s Intelligence Canada (i-Canada) Initiative
Dr. Cindy Gordon is leaving her three year post as Chair of CanWIT and will now assume the National Vice Chair for CATA’s Intelligent Canada (i-CANADA) initiative. In this role she will support Bill Hutchison, Chair of iWaterfront Toronto, to advance the vision of Canada in becoming a leader of intelligent city capabilities from coast to coast, following in the footsteps of other countries like Copenhagen, Singapore, and Taiwan.
CanWIT, a divsion of CATAAlliance Mentor of the Year Award Winner
CanWIT would like to congratulate Jennifer Ng Ain Kin
, winner of the CanWIT Mentor of the Year Award at the 2010 IT World IT Leadership Awards Ceremony. Jennifer Ng is the chair of the IEEE's
Women in Engineering organization, dedicated to inspiring, engaging, encouraging and empowering women in engineering worldwide. For more information on the award winners, please visit: http://www.itleadershipawards.com/Winners.aspx
CanWIT Participates in Microsoft’s Tech Days
Microsoft Canada partnered with CanWIT at their recent Tech•Days 2010 event in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax. Cheers to Microsoft Canada and Rick Claus, Senior Technology Evangelist, for hosting a luncheon event for the CanWIT (Women in Technology) and the women in IT that recently attended Tech•Days 2010 in the various major cities across Canada. A dynamic group of women met over lunch and discussed their challenges and success in the IT field. It was a great opportunity to meet other women in IT, network, and make some new friends.
Canada’s premier skills development conference, Tech•Days gives the most current technical training on Microsoft-based technologies with over 50 sessions across 6 technical tracks. TechDays made stops this year in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg & Calgary.
Dr. Wendy Cukier Wins Globe and Mail Community Transformational Award
Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Cukier, part of CanWIT’s family, who won one of the Globe and Mail Community Transformational Awards. Here
is the piece written about Wendy recently in the Globe. It chronicles her amazing dedication and persistence to standing up for one's beliefs and values.
Taking it to the top – Breaking the Glass Ceiling with the Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth
Female-owned enterprises are a vital part of the Canadian economy and play a significant role in job and wealth creation. Yet, many female-owned enterprises experience less than optimal growth. Many also lag male counterparts in terms of profitability, employment and export performance. Evidence suggests that female-owned enterprises represent significant untapped potential in the Canadian economy.
CanWIT’s VP of Research, Dr. Barb Orser is leading a Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth
, a national and non-partisan consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics and industry associations. CanWIT is a founding member of the Taskforce whose goal is to grow women’s enterprises through the creation of public policy, advocacy, applied research, collaboration and sharing of best practices.
A Blueprint for Economic Growth
was recently released by the Taskforce and calls for Action Strategies to facilitate the growth of female-owned businesses and maximize the impact of women-owned enterprises as a significant growth engine for Canada’s economy at a time when Canada’s economic growth is essential for both economic well-being and deficit reduction.
Through a series of Business Growth Roundtables taking place across the country, the Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth seeks to identify policy and program opportunities and response strategies to stimulate Canadian economic growth through women’s entrepreneurship.