Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises Plays Lead Role in Advancing Mentorship for Women in Tech: Laurier Sponsors new Video Sharing Channel
August 24, 2015

Ottawa On, Kitchener, On... CATAAlliance ( announced today that the new CanWIT (Women in Tech) Video Sharing Channel for Mentorship is being boosted through a Channel sponsorship and content creation collaboration with the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises at Laurier University.

CanWIT National Spokesperson Cindy Gordon, CEO of Saleschoice Inc., and Laurier Business and Economics School Dean, Micheál Kelly said, "Both organizations share similar goals and believe absolutely that mentors and role models are critical to a woman's decision to enter the technology sector." They added, " A mentor's input and guidance can help build the necessary skills and confidence a young woman needs to advance in her career."

Why Mentorship Matters

  • Canadian women represent almost half of the overall Canadian workforce, yet: They make up only 25% of the Canadian advanced technology workforce;
  • An even smaller percentage of women in the tech sector are managers; 52% of highly qualified females working in science, engineering and technology companies will quit their jobs within the first 10 years of their career;
  • 38% of women hold leadership roles in Canada, yet only 16% hold leadership roles in the corporate sector (compared with 59% in the education sector and 37% in government agencies); and,
  • 37% of Boards of Directors and 17% of Senior Management Teams have no female representation in the corporate sector to guide Canada's future generation of women in technology.

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises will add role model interviews to the CanWIT Video Sharing Channel for Mentorship, as part of an outreach to help increase the number of women working in science, trades, business, technical and technology-related occupations and to encourage women already in ICT to stay in the industry and find a career path that is satisfying and enjoyable.

The CanWIT Video Sharing Channel will boost the repository of career centre and digital resources available to Schools, Colleges and Universities across Canada.

View Dean Kelly's video on the new Institute and A Call for Community Guidance.

Dean Kelly concluded, " The Institute will provide management upgrading for the current generation of technology executives as well as program and curriculum development to produce the next generation of Canadian technology leaders. We are embracing the New Video Sharing Channel to help fulfill this mission."


Micheál J. Kelly, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Laurier

John Reid, CEO, CATAAlliance