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Annual Leadership Excellence Awards 2020

The 2020 WCT Annual Awards recognizes the contributions and leadership of women, men and organizations who champion diversity and opportunity for women in Canada's communications and technology sectors. Our award winners exemplify leadership excellence and diversity in Canada's innovation industries. Thank you for nominating a deserving individual or organization for a WCT Annual Award.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Please submit the completed nomination no later than December 14, 2019. Save your draft at any time by clicking on the Save Draft button. 

If you have questions about the nominations or submission process, contact awards@wct-fct.com. A French version is available upon request by emailing awards@wct-fct.com. Note: There is no fee to apply. However, recipients are required to pay their own expenses to attend the Awards Gala.

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A complete nomination package for Woman of the Year and Leadership Excellence Awards includes:

  • Answers to the criteria questions
  • Two letters of support from professional persons not related to the nominee. At least one should be from a supporter outside her company.
  • The nominee’s complete and updated resumé (max. 2 pages) listing career and community activities and accomplishments
  • The nominee’s updated biography 

A complete nomination package for Company of the Year includes: 

  • Answers to the criteria questions.
  • Two letters of support.
  • The company's bio.
 
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Award Category

Thank you for nominating a deserving candidate for WCT 2020 Woman of the Year Award! 

This award is the highest individual honour bestowed by WCT. It is presented to a woman executive who has made a significant contribution to the digital industries - broadcasting, telecommunications and technology - while also making a major contribution to the advancement of all women. This award recognizes extraordinary leaders and visionaries who have made a material difference to the roles women play and their influence in the digital economy. Nominations for this award must highlight the nominee's contribution to her industry and to the overall advancement of women. The Woman of the Year Award recipient will be honoured at the 2020 WCT Annual Awards Gala on May 7, 2020 in Ottawa.

Thank you for nominating a deserving organization to be WCT Company of the Year!

Every year, WCT recognizes a leading company in the digital sector that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the advancement of women and achieved measurable results in creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces. Company of the Year award winners are leaders in investing in diversity and inclusion. Their consistent use of best practices to create greater opportunities and better workplaces for women distinguish them as role models and leaders in the Canadian economy. The WCT Company of the Year Award recipient will be honoured at the 2020 WCT Annual Awards Gala on May 7, 2020 in Ottawa.

Thank you for nominating a deserving candidate for a WCT 2020 Leadership Excellence Award! 

The Leadership Excellence Awards (LEAs) are one way in which the WCT community celebrates the talented individuals who are making Canada’s communications, technology, digital media, public sector and gaming industries better places for women to establish and flourish in their careers. Note that the Mentor and Diversity Champion awards are open to men. The Leadership Excellence Award recipients will be honoured at the 2020 WCT Annual Awards Gala on May 7, 2020 in Ottawa. 

WCT recognizes that men play vital roles - as mentors, sponsors, advocates, thought leaders and framers of corporate culture - in the advancement of women. This award recognizes the men who have made significant contributions to empowering women in their own organizations, in the digital industries, in public policy or across the whole economy.

This award is for engaging girls in STEM recognizes an individual, program, organization or company that demonstrates success in empowering girls to continue their participation and education in STEM. It salutes an organization or program that has demonstrated leadership in inspiring girls to enter STEM and developing best practices as role models for girls in STEM.

They have the courage to go it alone, as a start-up or a woman-led business. Recipients of the award for Entrepreneur have blazed new trails or built the equivalent of a better mousetrap in technology, communications, broadcasting, social media or gaming. They’ve broken away from the pack to find their own version of success, contributing to our industry in new and definitive ways.

For Mentor award recipients, guiding and helping to develop women leaders in the tech and communications sectors is a fundamental responsibility. Nominees may be involved in industry-wide initiatives, or helping younger women bolster their careers at their own workplaces. Some mentors are natural, informal guides and coaches, always ready to listen and advise. Others are in more structured mentoring arrangements, working with selected candidates, helping develop programs, or getting their employer to support more mentorship programs, especially for women.

Preparing the industry’s next generation of leaders is a key tenet of WCT. The award for Rising Star is presented to a young person whose talent and leadership abilities are evident early in their career. They are quick off the mark and setting a new pace, influencing thought and charting new directions in their industries and organizations.

Trailblazers create their own career path in sectors, disciplines or professions where women are absent or under-represented. Their pathways to success have demanded a strong vision and determination that vanquishes isolation and self-doubt to create a place not only for themselves but for other women who will follow.

Nominee
Woman of the Year criteria
Please provide information about as many of the following as possible: - Number of years working in the industry or sector - Level of seniority or position achieved, such as vice-president, president or CEO - Number of years in an executive position - Experience within various sectors of communications or technology industries or sectors - Experience in non-traditional roles - Impact had on the industry or sector - Meaningful contributions to the industry or sector - Achievements as an industry/sector role model and leader - Commitment to and support for professional development and education.
Leadership role Please describe how the nominee has been a leader in creating and/or implementing specific programs or activities that foster the advancement of women in the industry or sector. Programs and activities might include: - Mentoring - Leadership training - High-profile or non-traditional roles for women - Professional development programs - Cross-functional or developmental job rotations - Other (Please include other specific programs or activities not listed that should be given consideration.)
Please outline the nominee’s accomplishments in promoting and advancing women, with specific reference to: -Promoting women to roles of increased responsibility -Hiring women to management positions within the industry or sector -Speaking or making presentations about women’s advancement and how to promote or encourage it -Helping women transition to non-traditional roles.
Company of the Year criteria
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Please describe the organization's efforts and achievements as a role model and leader in supporting women's advancement in the industry. Provide any examples of work done to develop best practices for advancing women. Please outline how the organization has assisted female employees to attain greater profile and prominence within the organization and the industry.
Please list the organization's policies, programs and initiatives that assist women's advancement into positions of senior leadership. Examples may include, but are not limited to: Leadership training; Mentoring; flexible work practices; High-profile roles for women. How has the organization demonstrated its commitment to implementing these programs and practices?
Please describe how the organization participates in, contributes to and generally supports other organizations dedicated to the advancement of women. Please outline the organization's community activities that have achieved greater prominence and profile for women. Please include any other information that makes your company great!
Leadership Excellence Criteria
- Noteworthy contributions the nominee has made to the industry - How the nominee has served as an industry model in the category the award represents - Two or more brief examples of how the nominee has demonstrated support for the advancement of women or peers in the industry - The nominee's community activities that are personally meaningful and have still led to greater prominence for themselves, their company and the community itself.
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Supporting Documents for Company of the Year
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