CATA Women in Technology (WIT) Forum Advocacy
January 17, 2006

There is a growing need to identify and mitigate barriers to women's participation and advancement in the technology sector. The CATA WIT Forum will be working over the upcoming months with government officials and elected members to develop initiatives and policies that will benefit women knowledge-based and technology workers.

The CATA Women in Technology (WIT) Forum is a new community network designed to boost women's participation and advancement in the high growth technology sector. The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) created the WIT Forum to provide opportunities for mentoring, networking and professional development for women in the high tech sector.

"CATA created the CATA WIT Forum to release the potential of women in technology," says Joanne Stanley, Vice President, CATA. "Too few women work in the technology sector and too few women in technology flourish as entrepreneurs - this is a loss not only for women but for society as a whole."

The CATA WIT Forum proposes three main themes to advance women in technology for the consideration of government policy development. Canada needs to:

  1. develop its knowledge worker capacity in order to compete in the 21st century and increase the number of women with knowledge-based skills

  2. increase women executive leadership; and,

  3. encourage women to effectively penetrate the technology market and encourage more women to enroll in tech related studies.

Stayed tuned for updates on the CATA WIT Forum advocacy program and for more about the CATA WIT Forum please see

Yours sincerely,

Shauneen Furlong, CATA WIT Forum Advocacy Champion and
The CATA Women in Technology Forum National Advisory Board