OTTAWA, March 9, 2020 /CNW/ - 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.
The 2020 Annual Leadership Awards recipients are:
Woman of the Year Sabrina Geremia, VP & Country Manager, Google Company of the Year Symcor Chameli Naraine, President & CEO Trailblazer Françoise Gagnon, CEO, ADGA Group Entrepreneur Sherry Shannon-Vanstone, President & CEO, Profound Impact Corporation Diversity Champion Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada Rising Star Eilidh Lindsay-Sinclair, Director, Marketing, CloudKettle Mentor Victoria Pelletier, VP, North America Talent & Transformation, IBM Canada Innovator Sonia Brar, VP–IT, Bell Media and BCE Corporate Systems Empowerment 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 WCT Leader CORUS Cheryl Fullerton, EVP, People & Communications, CORUS
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.
SOURCE Canadian Women in Communications & Technology
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