Empowering women in the Digital Age is the driving mandate of a new industry council and support agency.
Called the Digital Media and Technology Council, it's been introduced by the Board of Directors of Canadian Women in Communications.
This advisory leadership committee of senior women in technology, digital media and communications, aims to strengthen and advance CWC's role as the premier national association advancing the careers of women in the digital age.
The Council will be co-chaired by Shann McGrail, National Director, Education, Microsoft Canada and Lynda Partner, CEO, Partners Inc. Its mandate, in line with the mission and objectives of CWC, is to:
help women in traditional media become more digital
promote talent sharing and support for women in ICT and media organizations to advance in their careers
help companies recruit women with digital and leadership skills
encourage women to start businesses that use digital technology
"CWC recognizes how digital transformation and convergence are changing the career paths and skill requirements of women in technology, media and telecommunications," said Patricia Douey, CWC Board Chair. "The Council allows us to strengthen our commitment to the promotion of talented women across these sectors through education and cross-pollination of their diverse talents. This will help all women in knowledge-based sectors and strengthen Canada's workforce for the digital age".
"The Digital Media and Technology Council is a fundamental strategy for CWC to provide support and programs to embrace all women creating and leveraging technology in Canada," added Joanne Stanley, Special Advisor, Strategy and Technology Sectors. "The senior advisors on the DMT Council are committed to increasing the contribution of women to Canada's innovation and digital agenda".
The Digital Media and Technology Council advisors are:
Lynda Partner, Founder and CEO, Partners Inc.
Shann McGrail, National Sales Director, Education, Microsoft Canada
Sandra Saric, National Director, Talent Initiatives, Information Communications Technology Council
Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson
Pinoo Bindhani, Administrative Director, Diversity Institute
Maria Elena Carbajal Eng., Head of Montreal Site &IT and Test Environment Canada, Ericsson Canada Inc
Dee-Ann Lama, Vice President and General Manager, Eastern Sales Operations, Xerox Canada
Lynda Leonard, Senior Vice President, Information Technology Association of Canada
Julie Cork, Co-Founder, ARTEX Environmental Corporation
Sarah Shortreed, VP, Enterprise Portfolio Management, Research in Motion
Sharon (S.) O'Shaughnessy, Senior Manager, Service Delivery Management, Strategic Outsourcing Delivery, IBM Canada
Adrienne Down Coulson, GM, Ebates Canada
Lara Dodo, Regional Vice President, Technology & Creative Services, Robert Half International
Yasmin Ranade, Executive Director, Wired Women Initiatives, CWC
Canadian Women in Communications is Canada’s most comprehensive organization serving career women in the technology, media, content development and telecommunications sectors. CWC joined forces with Wired Woman in early 2012 and currently has 2900 members in nine chapters across Canada.
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