"Women In Technology" chapter launches in Toronto; combined CATA-MaRS event spotlights senior tech women
June 08, 2006

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TORONTO, June 8, 2006 - A professional development seminar highlighting advancement strategies is the inaugural event for a new organization dedicated to helping women achieve success in the technology sector.

The CATA WIT (Women in Technology) Forum, a division of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), will hold an event spotlighting successful women from several technology sectors, at the launch of its Toronto Chapter on June 15th at the MaRS Discovery Centre.

CATA WIT (Women in Technology) Forum is a connected organization that provides women in the business of technology with knowledge and passion, allowing them to advance in their careers and businesses and grow the organizations they participate in.

"The technology sector is an area where women can advance quickly, if we get together and share our strengths" says Joanne Stanley, Vice President, CATA WIT Forum. "Science and technology depends on brain-power, which is inherently equitable. Already in sectors like computers and communications, 26% of the management positions belong to women. This could offer a fast track to women who are qualified and determined. But we need to take active measures to increase that percentage and advance ourselves." adds Ms. Stanley.

The Toronto Chapter launch event, "features an interactive discussion panel comprised of Toronto's top women in high tech", including Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO, Helix Commerce Intl, Kerri Golden, Managing Partner, Primaxis Technology Ventures, Charlotte Burke, Senior Vice President, Bell and Lisa Crossley, President and CEO, Nysa Membrane Technologies.

These women were able to overcome barriers in the industry and achieve a high level of success to reach the top -- through hard work and determination.

"The event seeks to promote an opportunity to connect with our community's most successful women by inspiring others to overcome the common challenges, varying from institutional prejudices surrounding management promotions to striking a balance between career and family," says Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery Centre and chair of the CATA WIT Forum Toronto chapter.

The Toronto launch of CATA WIT Forum is the most recent phase of a campaign to help women who work within technology companies or who are entrepreneurs, advance their careers through networking, mentoring, professional development and advocacy.

The campaign, "Steps to Success for Women in Technology" series, is being organized by CATA WIT to provide the current generation of women in high-tech the ability to participate in networking opportunities with prominent women in the industry. For more information and to register see http://www.cata.ca/Communities/wit/toronto/

For more information:
Joanne Stanley
VP CATAAlliance
613-236-6550 ext 223

The CATA WIT Forum is a new organization designed to boost women's participation and advancement in the high-growth technology sector. By facilitating mentoring, professional development, advocacy and networking opportunities, CATA WIT Forum is able to help women in technology companies advance in their careers and succeed as entrepreneurs. By organizing a series of programs that specifically address unique challenges and obstacles climbing the corporate latter, CATA WIT Forum encourages and empowers women of all levels to drive their dreams to reality. For more information about CATA WIT Forum please visit http://www.cata.ca/wit.