CanWIT a Division of CATAAlliance announces Status of Women Canada Funding for Mentorship
March 9, 2011

Status of Women Canada to fund CanWIT for Mentorship to Advance Young Women in Tech

March 9, 2011

Announcement of an on-line mentor program for young women tech professionals by Status of Women Canada with CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance: (left to right) Sarah Burns, Senior VP, Highroad Communications, Dr. Barbara Orser, Deloitte Chair in Women's Entreprenurship and Growth, Telfer School of Management, Minister Rona Ambrose, Joanne Stanley, Executive Director, CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance, Lacey Desousa, Telfer School of Management, Sharlyn Ayotte, Founder, TBase Communications, and Brittany Rockwell, Telfer School of Management.

CanWIT is pleased to announce a significant project with funding from Status of Women Canada to develop a national online mentoring program for women tech professionals. Minister Rona Ambrose made the announcement at an International Women's Day event in Ottawa on March 8th.


OTTAWA, March 8 - Today the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced funding to Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a division of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAlliance), for a national project to help "kick-start" the careers of young women entering jobs in the technology industry.

"As we celebrate International Women's Day, I am very pleased to announce support for an initiative that will foster greater success among Canada's young women in the field of advanced technology," said Minister Ambrose. "Today is an opportunity to recognize the potential of young Canadian women to break through barriers and pursue cutting-edge technology careers."

CanWIT will receive $285,245 from the Women's Community Fund of Status of Women Canada for a project that will help retain and promote young women in non-traditional and under-represented sectors and assist them in the early stages of their careers. The project will feature both an e-mentoring component as well as sessions across Canada.

CanWIT is a well-connected organization that inspires women in technology with knowledge and passion while allowing them to advance in their careers and grow their businesses. "We are thrilled once again to be working with the Government of Canada on an important initiative that will create an online network and training to facilitate mentor relationships for young women entering tech professions," said Joanne Stanley, Executive Director and Founder, CanWIT. "Mentoring is critical to ensuring young women remain in the tech sector and experience success and advancement in their careers."

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting worthwhile projects like this because they yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening our families, our communities and our country. Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, growing from $10.8 million to $19 million, its highest level ever.

For more information about Status of Women Canada's Women's Program, please visit

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For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Thompson
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services
and Minister for Status of Women
819 997-5421

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General,
Communications and Strategic Planning
Status of Women Canada

613 995-7839

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