Since 1991, Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) has been engaging and inspiring women to build careers and achieve leadership in Canada’s communications and technology sectors.
WCT is the only coast-to-coast, community based organization that inspires and supports women to achieve their highest career potential in Canada's digital economy through professional development, mentorship, advocacy and research.
With our extensive set of programs in professional and leadership development, mentorship and career support, as well as a suite of networking opportunities in chapters across the country, we enable women to achieve professional success.
Supported by generous sponsorship from leading companies in the ICTM industries, WCT provides leading programs to build strong careers for women and to strength the female talent pool. Corporate partners benefit from accessing WCT’s continuously growing network of professional women, as well as leadership and skills development for their employees.
Our vision is a global digital economy that is inclusive and diverse. Our mission is to change attitudes, remove barriers and equip and empower Canadian women to succeed and lead in the digital economy.
Our Goals Are
- To be the catalyst for women’s participation and leadership in the information, communications, technology, and media sectors
- To facilitate women's career advancement through mentorship, skills and leadership development, networking, and recognition
- To advocate for a larger and more influential place for women in the digital space
- To assist employers to attract and recruit professional women in the knowledge workforce
What We Advocate
WCT provides thought leadership for equity and gender parity in the digital age. Our Up the Numbers Program is providing a focus on the importance of knowing where women are in the digital economy, setting targets for improvement and reporting our progress.
We work with companies, governments and academic institutions to help shape best practices and strategies to recruit and advance women in the digital economy.
We have conducted a nationwide dialogue on reducing the obstacles to women in digital industries resulting in the writing of Closing the Gender Gap: A Blueprint for Women's Leadership in the Digital Economy. It is an advisory guide on building strong productive careers for women in our industry.
WCT welcomes women, and men, to join our network of more than 2000 professionals across Canada. We encourage women working in communications and technology roles in all sectors, as well as women working in all fields at communications, media and technology companies.
The WCT network includes thousands of professionals in 11 chapters coast to coast: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec, New Brunswick and Halifax.
Become a member today and take advantage of WCT's networking, mentorship and professional development opportunities.
What We Do
WCT is committed to advancing women in Canada by providing opportunities for our members to remain relevant and connected through strong relationships and continuous learning.
WCT’s flagship programs include
- The Protege Project, Canada’s only cross-sector career executive sponsorship program;
- The national Mentorship program, which provides one-to-one mentorship and mentorship circles;
- The WCT Annual Awards and Gala, which recognizes women, men, and companies who are working toward gender diversity;
- Closing the Gender Gap, a white paper on best practices for women’s leadership in digital workplaces;
- Up the Numbers, a research and advocacy program which tracks and reports the number of women working in ICTM industries year over year. ; and
- The Jeanne Sauve and Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Programs for women in the broadcast/regulatory and science and technology industries
- Professional development webinars on career planning and leadership skills
WCT was establishing in 1991 to engage and advance women in media, broadcast and cable in Canada. As technology revolutionized these industries, WCT expanded it’s mandate to include technology-related industries to support women in the emerging digital economy.
Industries included in WCT’s mandate include:
- Information technology
WCT is a not-for-profit organization that operates on funding from sponsors, grants from various governments, as well as revenue generated from member dues and events. Sponsor WCT and empower women in communications and technology sectors in Canada.
Sponsor WCT and empower women in telecommunications, media and technology sectors in Canada.