Women Tech Leadership Network Expands to Finance, Web 2.0, Telecom
March 21, 2007

Ottawa, March 21, 2007 -- A new slate of women technology leaders have joined the National Advisory Board of the CATA Women in Technology (WIT) Forum, expanding its reach into the financing, Web 2.0 and telecom sectors. The CATA WIT Forum is dedicated to the advancement of women in sectors dealing with high technology and high growth.

"The diversity of talented and experienced women on the CATA WIT Forum board is a testament to the commitment of senior women in Canada to mentor and assist other women to advance in the tech sector" said Joanne Stanley, Vice President, CATA WIT Forum.

The new leaders include two new co-chairs of the WIT Forum National Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO and Founder, Helix Commerce International; and
  • Ann Mainville-Neeson, Director Broadcast Regulation, TELUS.

New CATA WIT Board Directors include:

  • Krista Lariviere, Co-Founder & General Manager, Hot Banana Software;
  • Suzie Labonne, VP and Managing Director, R3D Consulting;
  • Lynn Pratt, Partner, Deloitte;
  • Naomi Morisawa De Koven, Business Lawyer;
  • Caroline Somers, Entrepreneur Coach and Co CEO Cassidy Bay Group;
  • Lynda Partner, Founder, Gotmarketing.com; and
  • Barbara Callaghan, CEO, Barbara Callaghan and Associates Ltd.

The CATA WIT Forum is a two-year old organization with active chapters in Ottawa and Toronto and fledgling chapters in Vancouver and Calgary.

"There are still huge challenges for women starting new technology or bio-tech companies or moving into leadership positions" says Ms. Stanley. Recent research from Catalyst Group, the University of Ottawa, and Innovation Reports has reinforced the business imperative for Canada to accelerate more diversity in the tech sector for competitive advantage. "The CATA WIT Forum was created to provide a network for women to help each other in their careers," says Ms. Stanley.

For more information, contact:
Joanne Stanley
613-236-6550 ext 223