CATA's Joanne Stanley Recognized for WORLD OF DIFFERENCE AWARD: The International Alliance for Women honor 100 Awardees at Global Forum on October 27
August 26, 2011

Joanne Stanley, CAN WIT, has been selected by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) as a recipient of the 2011 TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards. Along with fellow award recipients, Joanne will be recognized October 27, 2011 as part of the TIAW Global Forum at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

The 2011 awards recognize 100 achievers from 27 countries for their efforts in advancing the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide. Recipients are selected from leaders of communities, organizations, corporations, regions or countries who have taken action to support women’s economic empowerment and advancement in society and in business.

JOANNE STANLEY – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

A successful, thriving career in the Canadian telecommunications sector would be more than enough for many women. But for Joanne Stanley, there was too much work to be done on behalf of other women in the field. Over three decades, Joanne has had a chance to see just how sparsely populated are the telecommunications and information technology sectors in Canada and the many challenges women face to advance their careers in these fields. And even among women who choose technology and engineering, she’s seen the alarming rate at which women drop out of the industry at a relatively early stage of their careers.

In 2005, while holding a leadership role in the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA), Joanne became the founder and Executive Director of CATA Women in Technology Forum (CATA WIT), which has since evolved into CAN WIT to support women’s career success in technology. It’s hard to imagine the magnitude of the challenge she took on in creating CATA WIT. With no resources and building from scratch, she persuaded CATA to provide the critical infrastructure and quickly assembled a top notch advisory group and then began creating local chapters needed to engage women across the country.

Joanne has been active in many other initiatives to support women’s career advancement, including serving as a Founding Member of Canada’s The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth.

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TIAW ( ) is an international umbrella organization which strives to support and promote professional women through resources and networks. Founded in 1980, it has emerged as the global voice of businesswomen who want to make a difference in their communities. TIAW connects leading women’s organizations and their members worldwide to leverage their reach and resources. Located primarily in the Americas, Asia and Europe, they represent more than 35,000 members worldwide.

The TIAW Global Forum will be held October 26-28 when women leaders and thoughtful strategists from around the world gather at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Sessions will be held on entrepreneurship, microenterprise, and women in leadership. The World of Difference Awards banquet will be held on October 27. For more information on the TIAW Global Forum, please go to