OTTAWA, March 9, 2020. Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) announced today the recipients of their prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards, which recognize women, men and organizations committed to gender diversity in Canada’s digital industries.
Celebrating the contributions and achievements of women and diversity champions is a critical element in closing the gender gap. Women comprise just 4.5% of CEOs in Canadian ICT companies. Without role models, young women are up to 32 per cent less likely to aspire to leadership roles.
“Every year, WCT recognizes the individuals who are taking action every day to close the gender gap,” says Joanne Stanley, Executive Director of WCT. “With the rate of women’s participation in the tech industry unchanged for almost a decade, particularly at senior levels, recognizing these sparks of change has never been more critical.”
Microsoft is the presenting sponsor of the 2020 Annual Awards and Gala.
The awards will be presented at WCT’s Annual Awards Gala on May 7th, 2020 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. [Cancelled due to COVID-19—to attend the WCT Celebrates virtual event series honouring our 2020 winners, register here.]
The 2020 Annual Leadership Awards recipients are:
Woman of the Year
Sabrina Geremia, VP & Country Manager, Google
Company of the Year
Chameli Naraine, President & CEO
Françoise Gagnon, CEO, ADGA Group
Sherry Shannon-Vanstone, President & CEO, Profound Impact Corporation
Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada
Eilidh Lindsay-Sinclair, Director, Marketing, CloudKettle
Victoria Pelletier, VP, North America Talent & Transformation, IBM Canada
Sonia Brar, VP–IT, Bell Media and BCE Corporate Systems
Kate Arthur, CEO, Kids Code Jeunesse
Public Sector Champion (Government)
Sarah Paquet, Executive Vice President, Shared Services Canada
Public Sector Champion (Academia)
Dr Wendy Cukier, Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
Cheryl Fullerton, EVP, People & Communications, CORUS
For more information, contact WCT at info [at] wct-fct.com (French version available).
For more information and ticket/table purchases, contact awards [at] wct-fct.com.
About Women in Communications and Technology
For nearly 30 years, Women in Communications and Technology has been a leader in advocating the benefits of gender equality in the workplace. WCT is Canada's only national organization with chapters coast-to-coast dedicated to keeping a persistent focus on the under-representation of women in digital industries.
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