CanWIT (a division of CATAAlliance) Award honours Ryerson Digital Media Zone Leader as top women entrepreneur and innovator in Canada’s technology sector
June 5, 2012

OTTAWA, June 05, 2012 --- Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance announced the winners of its 27th Annual Innovation Awards on May 30th. The prestigious Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was granted to Valerie Fox, Executive Director of the Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone (DMZ)

This annual award is presented to a Canadian woman who has shown outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership - leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry.

"Women's participation and leadership in the technology sector is vastly under-represented. Each year CanWIT seeks out a female tech leader who helps- advance entrepreneurship and who exemplifies leadership in innovation. With a long career in technology and now leading a top-notch incubation centre for entrepreneurs, Valerie is a role model for young women who aspire to obtain careers in tech," says Joanne Stanley, Executive Director and Founder of Canadian Women in Technology, a Division of CATAAlliance. "Role models and mentorship are key to the advancement and retention of women in the technology workforce."

"It is my great honour to accept this award on behalf of trailblazers in entrepreneurship and innovation across Canada," said Fox. "Events such as these reinforce the impressive contribution our country has made in the field of technology. At the Digital Media Zone we're currently preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs to grow Canada's digital innovation economy."

Executive Director of the Digital Media Zone, Valerie Fox has over 25 years of tech experience in both academia and industry sectors. Opened in April 2010, Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone is a hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization. It is home to both entrepreneurial startups and industry solution-providers. With access to overhead and business services, students and alumni can fast-track their product launches, stimulating Canada's emerging digital economy through spending and job creation. Since its launch, the Digital Media Zone has incubated and accelerated 45 companies to launch more than 88 projects. For more information please visit:

Canadian Women in Technology, a Division of CATAAlliance, was founded in 2005 as a national community grassroots network for women to work together to advance their careers or succeed as entrepreneurs. With a network of over 200 working volunteers and 4,000 participants, CanWIT provides programs and support in professional and leadership development as well as mentorship, networking and advocacy. For more information please visit:


Lauren Schneider
Media Relations Officer
Digital Media Zone
Ryerson University
416-979-5000 x 2997
Emily Boucher
Director of Communications and Diversity
Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance