ITAC/WCT – Women in Leadership Speaker Series

Wednesday, June 25 - 2014
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Toronto, Ontario


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Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship:
Strategies for Success Stories

 Come join us on Wednesday, June 25th in Toronto

We are pleased to announce the next session of our ITAC/WCT Speakers Series: Women in Leadership.  On June 25th, we have invited a roster of female thought leaders to discuss the topics of Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship. Each of our featured speakers will share their own personal career journeys as well as insights on how to navigate your own career path whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or keen to rise through corporate ranks.

This well-received series features outstanding female leaders so please joins us to hear their personal journeys, their leadership lessons, and why they think technology careers are exciting!  We are hoping for a dialogue between men and women on those important topics so everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring along colleagues, family and friends who may benefit from ideas and experiences discussed.

Information Technology Association and Technology (ITAC) and Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) work together to profile successful women leaders in technology as role models to encourage more women to strive for leadership in this sector.

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. 

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Tara Fine
Channel Chief
Dell Canada
Catherine Graham
CEO of commonsku and the President of RIGHTSLEEVE
Chitra Anand
Head of Public Relations
Microsoft Canada


Speakers Tara Fine, Channel Chief, Dell Canada
Catherine Graham, CEO of commonsku and the President of RIGHTSLEEVE
Chitra Anand, Head of Public Relations, Microsoft Canada
Date Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time 8:30 am – Registration, networking and continental breakfast
9:00 am – Welcome, introductions and presentations from panel members
10:10 am – Q&A
10:20 am – Closing remarks and Networking
Cost  ITAC and WCT Members – $30.00 + HST
Non-Members – $40.00 + HST
Location  Samsung Canada, 2050 Derry Road West, Niagara Room,  Mississauga, ON   L5N 0B9 (Map)

This event is being co-hosted by




Tara Fine, First Channel Chief, Dell Canada

Tara Fine is the first Channel Chief for Dell Canada, currently responsible for developing and executing the go-to market strategy for the Channel which is a key strategic area for Dell globally. As part of her role, she also leads a national sales organization supporting 2000+ Canadian partners.  Successfully and rapidly cementing herself into the role, she was recently honored with the #7 spot on the list of the “Top 25 Women in the IT Channel Ecosystem” by Computer Dealer News. Prior to this role, Tara served as the Director of Sales for the North American Mid-Market Commercial Channels for 2 years.   In that role, Tara managed a diverse sales team of nearly 200 sales makers facilitating 13,000 partners across the US and Canada.

Over the past 3 years, in alignment with her passion for Entrepreneurship, Tara represents DWEN (Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network) in Canada – and was awarded Dell’s Winning Culture Award as part of her efforts in driving this awareness of this organization. In 2012, she represented Dell as a member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). This was followed by an appointment as a founding member and serving on the board of the “Canadian Channel Chiefs Council of Canada” in 2013.

Tara holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2011, she was selected to attend the “Building & Leading Customer-Centric Organizations” an executive program at Harvard Business School. In her personal life, she is a dedicated mother to her daughter, Mikaela, and is continually inspired by her. She also seeks her motivation and inspiration from philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey, and leadership expert, Robin Sharma. In addition, Tara is also extremely passionate about the fashion world and attributes much of her success to the support from her close relationships with family and friends.

Catherine Graham, CEO of commonsku and President of RIGHTSLEEVE

Catherine Graham is the CEO of commonsku and the President of RIGHTSLEEVE.  Commonsku is a cloud-based CRM, order management and supply chain collaboration platform for product based businesses.  RIGHTSLEEVE is a promotional products agency focused on creating branded merchandise programs for leading corporations across North America.

Catherine has played a variety of roles prior to RIGHTSLEEVE and commonsku.  She spent several years doing financial planning for fast-track individuals and entrepreneurs at TD Bank.  She then went on to pursue an MBA at the Rotman School of Management during which time she joined the fledgling eBay Canada as employee #4 and launched two categories in the Canadian marketplace.  After leaving eBay, Catherine worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, working with Fortune 100 companies in a wide variety of areas including merger integration, marketing strategy and operational efficiencies.

Outside of work, Catherine is a mother to 3 children ranging in age from 10 to 5 years old and sits on a variety of boards and committees in the non-profit space, including the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation.  She is also involved a variety of initiatives and organizations in the entrepreneurial space, including serving on Dell’s Global Entrepreneur in Residence Advisory Board and acting as a mentor for The Next36.

Chitra Anand, Head of Public Relations, Microsoft Canada

Chitra Anand is a well-respected, successful female marketing expert who is helping change the way large organizations and brands do business.  In her current role as Head of Public Relations for Microsoft Canada, her team is responsible for creating compelling stories as it relates to Microsoft technology and the impact it has on both consumers and businesses in order to change perceptions of a brand. Prior to Microsoft, Chitra spent 10 years at TELUS, where she helped re-frame the way a large corporation talks about its products and services by making messages simple yet interesting for the marketplace.

 Chitra has taught several business, communication and marketing related courses at Humber College in their post-graduate business program. She is a graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program, attended the Harvard Executive Leadership, Authentic Leadership Program hosted by Dean Nitin Nohria, and is currently pursuing a part-time PhD at the University of Bradford in the UK.


For further information please contact Micheline Lepage at or at (613) 238-4822 x 2245.



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