Posted March 30, 2011
On March 9, ITAC convened its first ever executive forum on gender diversity. Over 20 speakers from our industry and our stakeholder community came together to share best practices and an array of strategies for building more inclusive ICT workplaces. Their presentations were captured on video and are available here. They serve as a primer on how to design programs that better engage and retain women and other underrepresented groups in the workplace.
Jim Muzyka, ITAC Diversity Champion and Vice President Xerox Global Services, Xerox Canada
The Business Case for Gender Diversity in ICT
Knowledge-based businesses that do not exploit the fullest range of experience, expertise and points of view from the available labour market seriously reduce their capacity for innovation, effective problem-solving and efficient project management. A gender-diversity champion from a leading organization will explain why it makes good business sense for ICT companies to do a better job of engaging women in every aspect of their business.
Speaker: Deborah Gillis, Senior Vice-president, Member and Global Operations, Catalyst Inc.
At 25% of the ICT population, women can often feel isolated in the workforce. One instrument for overcoming that isolation is women's networks that provide networking, professional development seminars, mentoring and other forms of support. This panel discusses the outcome of effective networks, how to get one going if your company does not have them, and how to derive personal benefit from them.
Catherine MacMaster, Principal, Deloitte Inc.
Angela Neill, CVP Software Engineering, Advanced Micro Devices
Sharon O'Shaughnessy, Senior Account Officer Manager, IBM Canada
Sandra Saric, Program Director, ICTC
Governance is a critical component of enterprise success. Building a diverse board that engages the expertise and insights of women can be challenging for ICT companies. But a surprising array of resources is available to help.
Stephanie MacKendrick, President, CWC
Karen Best, Leader Women on Boards Initiative, CWC
Creating a fully diverse workplace and achieving the benefits diversity presents different challenges to companies at various stages of their evolution. This panel explores these challenges, including attraction, retention, succession planning and governance, from the perspective of an emerging company, a mature mid-sized company and a larger firm.
Fred Boulanger, President and CEO, Macadamian Software Engineering
Carolyn Kinzie, Director of Marketing, Canada, Pitney Bowes
Pascale Legros, Global Supply Chain Solutions/Global Business Controls, Regulatory Program Manager, HP Canada
Kevan McBeth, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, SaskTel
One of the greatest challenges we face as the ICT industry aims to increase the size of its female workforce is a critical shortage of women graduates from computer science, engineering, and business/technology programs. This session will explore current issues in enrollment and describe what Canada and other jurisdictions are doing to achieve change.
Speaker: David Ticoll, Executive Director, CCICT
Bernard Courtois, President and CEO, ITAC