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ITAC/CWC Speakers Series: Women in Corporate Leadership

February 21, 2013

Diversity and Inclusion:  Why We Should All Care

This is the second event in the ITAC/CWC Speakers Series: Women in Corporate Leadership and the first ever in Montreal. Elizabeth Carson,  Vice President, Enterprise Services at Microsoft Canada, will share her insights and reflect on the experiences that have lead her to a key place in Microsoft Canada's leadership team. She will also share her views on why conscious strategies to build strong corporate inclusion are good for business.

This is going to be a lively, interactive and personal conversation and you need to be there.  Seating is limited so be sure to register early.



Date Speaker Location
Nov 29, 2012
8-10 am
Jane Allen
Partner/Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte
The Verity Club Toronto
Feb 21, 2013
8-10 am
Elizabeth Carson
VP Enterprise Services, Microsoft Canada
Microsoft Offices Montreal
Apr 23, 2013
8-10 am
Leyland Brown
VP Enterprise Sales, HP Canada
Microsoft Offices Vancouver
Sep 19, 2013
8-10 am
Mandy Shapansky
President and CEO, Xerox Canada
Buck Consultants Offices Toronto

This series features four outstanding female leaders so please joins us as they share their personal journey, their leadership lessons, and why they think technology careers are exciting! They will also touch on innovation, how diversity fuels it, and what their companies are doing about both. We are hoping for a dialogue between men and women on these important topics so everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring along colleagues, family and friends who may benefit from ideas and experiences discussed.


Jane Allen

Jane Allen
Global Leader, Renewable Energy, National Leader, Power & Utilities and Chief Diversity Officer

Jane is a Partner in the Toronto office of Deloitte. She specializes in strategy and business performance improvement and consults to energy clients in Canada and internationally. Ms. Allen has more than 25 years experience in the energy sector and has led engagements for major energy companies in the area of business strategy, organizational restructuring, operational improvement, and technology.

Jane is also Deloitte's Chief Diversity Officer, responsible for implementing the firm's strategy for improving diversity and inclusiveness. Under Jane's leadership, Deloitte has expanded its initiatives to attract, develop, retain and promote talented professionals from all backgrounds, and to promote an inclusive environment that leverages the diversity of its people. It has been recognized as a leader in the business community, receiving the Best Employer for New Canadians for the past two years.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Jane was a senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, and was Assistant Dean at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Management.

Jane is a member of the Board of Directors of The National Ballet of Canada, and chairs the Corporate Committee. She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Federation of Naturalists. Jane is a YWCA 2010 Woman of Distinction, for Corporate Leadership.

Elizabeth Carson

Elizabeth Carson
Vice President, Enterprise Services
Microsoft Canada

For Elizabeth Carson, the Microsoft customer experience is always top of mind. As VP Enterprise Services, Elizabeth leads the consulting and enterprise support division of Microsoft to help businesses maximize their return on investment in Microsoft products and technologies. With her team, Elizabeth shows enterprise customers how to get the most out of their software while transforming feedback into valuable insight, helping to enhance new products and create new solutions.

When she isn't busy helping her customers recognize the value of their Microsoft software, Elizabeth is an avid traveler, exploring new cultures and landscapes around the world or enjoying her well-tended garden at home.

Leyland Brown

Leyland Brown
Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Printing and Personal Systems Group
Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.

Leyland Brown is vice president of enterprise sales for the Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPS) at HP Canada. In this role, she is responsible for driving HP's growth and continued market leadership by delivering PPS products and services to HP's largest corporate clients in Canada.

The Printing and Personal Systems Group mandate covers the industry's broadest portfolio of personal computers, technical workstations, printers, graphics solutions, managed-print services and internet services.

Brown has been with HP for more than 15 years and has held various senior management positions throughout her career. In her most recent role as vice president and general manager of the Personal Systems Group (PSG) at HP Canada, she was responsible for all aspects of Canada's client computing business including sales, marketing, operations, supply chain and total customer experience. Prior to that, she served as vice president of commercial marketing for PSG at HP Canada.

Over the years, Brown has taken on a number of HP initiatives including SMB leadership, Take Back Your Life, Women on the Way Up, and the United Way. She is an active volunteer member of the Zonta Group. 

Brown graduated from York University with an Honours Business Degree and has won multiple awards throughout her career at HP, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. In October 2012, she was recognized as one of the Top 20 Women in the IT Channel Ecosystem by Computer Dealer News. The publication had previously named her 2011 Newsmaker of the Year.

Mandy Shapansky

Mandy Shapansky
President and Chief Executive Officer
Xerox Canada Ltd.

Mandy Shapansky is President and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Canada Ltd. Appointed to the position in July 2010, she is responsible for all Canadian business operations, which includes human resources, finance, customer service, marketing and sales. Prior to this appointment, Mandy was Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff for Xerox Canada.

Recently named one of Canada`s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Mandy's visionary approach to business process optimization, along with her customer-first management philosophy and practices, have enabled the services-led, technology-driven company to consistently grow its revenue and market share in Canada. Under Mandy's stewardship, Xerox Canada was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2012 by Mediacorp for best practices in inspiring and valuing employees.

Mandy holds an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of Waterloo, is a Chartered Accountant and serves as a director on the boards of Catalyst Canada and the Conference Board of Canada. She resides in Toronto with her husband and their four children.