CanWIT Spring 2011 Newsletter
April 19, 2011


Spring 2011

Greetings Canadian Women in Technology!

The warm spring weather has finally arrived (in most parts of the country)! It was a very busy winter for CanWIT, and looks as though spring will keep it that way. Our Executive Director, Joanne Stanley, dedicated much of her time during the winter months to obtaining funding from Status of Women Canada for an exciting e-Mentorship program initiative; be sure to check out details below on this exciting achievement!

We hope you each had an opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day last month! Festivities around the country recognized a theme aligned with CanWIT's own mandate: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. Stay connected to other members and up-to-date with all CanWIT activities by joining our social networks on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook!

On behalf of CanWIT, our best wishes for a healthy and prosperous spring!

Kind regards,

Shann McGrail and Sandra Saric, National Co-Chairs,
CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance

Teresa Griffin-Muir - Leading the Way for Women in Telecommunications

Teresa Griffin-Muir grew-up with six brothers and is the mother to four sons, if anyone knows how to hold her own in a sector dominated by men it's her. Teresa is the VP of Regulatory Affairs at MTS Allstream and an expert at developing effective government relations strategies and key internal public processes for the Canadian telecom giant. MTS Allstream is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., and one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies.


CanWIT Chapter Updates

Toronto Chapter

CanWIT is pleased to announce that Alison James, VP, CIBC, is taking on the role of Chapter Chair for Toronto. Previous Chapter Chair, Suzie Labonne, will be focusing her dedicated efforts on her role as National VP of Mentorship for CanWIT. CanWIT would like to thank Suzie for the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication she has put into the Toronto Chapter. The Toronto Chapter launched their 2011 professional development series April 14th. This four-part speaker series on Leadership includes discussions facilitated by local experts. The series will include sessions on Management Assessment Tool, Personal branding, Communication and Negotiation. For more information please view online.

BC Chapter

The BC Chapter has been very busy with their popular breakfast seminar series, which is set to take place again this week! The Chapter also just launched their exciting new Group Mastermind Mentorship program, a 6-session program led by a facilitator for a select number of participants which leverages the energy, experience, and collective wisdom of all the group members to achieve their individual, personal and professional goals. They are also in the process of preparing for their Signature Lunch on April 20th, and planning CanWIT's unique Circle of Wisdom series in the region! Stay tuned for event updates on and LinkedIn.

Ottawa Chapter

With the goal to provide Ottawa professionals with the skills and resources needed for career success, Ottawa has been very successful with its Set Yourself Up for Success Series. Their next session will take place on April 19th. Each session provides an excellent environment for meeting interesting women in the industry, but also the opportunity to learn practical skills, and find new resources for advancing your career. Check out for details!

Waterloo Chapter

Angelique Mohring, Senior Director, Global Operations, Opentext is the chair of the newly formed Waterloo Region Chapter and is working with women from Opentext, RIM, Communitech, University of Waterloo and others to officially launch the chapter in the spring. Members, volunteers, sponsors are all welcome to participate in an exciting launch driving the Waterloo chapter forward. Please contact: Angelique Mohring, Chair, CanWIT Waterloo Region Chapter

Atlantic Chapter

CanWIT is pleased to announce the formation of its Atlantic Chapter, serving women in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and Newfoundland! Joining the Atlantic Executive team as VP of Professional Development is Dawn Henwood, President, Watchword Learning Inc., and taking on the role of VP of Social Networking is Lynne Conrad, President of Activ8 Business. Congratulations ladies and welcome to the CanWIT team! To join the Atlantic Executive team or to learn more about upcoming events in the Atlantic region, please contact Emily Boucher at

If you're in the Fredericton area on April 20th, there is a Cyber Social event focusing on Women in IT:

Fredericton Cyber Social
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 focus on Women in IT
Where: James Joyce Crowne Plaza Hotel
Pre-Event: 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. round table discussion on issues facing the IT industry and how women can help
Networking: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

CanWIT National Partners
MTS Allstream    CIBC     Microsoft

ICTC        National Research Canada, Industrial Research Assistance Program       Open Text  

Status of Women Canada


CanWIT Receives Funding from Status of Women Canada for National e-Mentorship Program

On March 8th, International Women's Day, 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.


CATA's newest sponsors: Women in Tech (CanWIT) & Innovation Leadership

We are very pleased to announce that CIBC and OpenText have joined the growing ranks of new CATA sponsors, supportive of the industry's Innovation Nation Campaign with a special focus on Women in Technology and innovation leadership.


Taskforce for Women's Business Growth

The Taskforce for Women's Business Growth is a national and non-partisan consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics, and industry associations. Founded in 2009, the mandate of the Taskforce is to grow women's enterprises through the creation of public policy, advocacy, applied research, collaboration and sharing of best practices. To support this initiative, please participate in their petition.


BlogIT on BringITOn

CanWIT is seeking university, college, and high school students to blog on the interactive and informative BringITon site. This is a great opportunity for students to engage women already working in IT. Interested in blogging? Please contact Emily Boucher at


Inspiring TED Talk on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.