CWC President Steps Down as Group Expands Digital Media Initiatives

CWC President Steps Down as Group Expands Digital Media Initiatives

After more than 16 years building Canadian Women in Communications into Canada’s most widely respected national women’s business organization, CWC President Stephanie MacKendrick will be leaving the organization.
She will remain involved in the organization as a Special Advisor to the Board, but her departure to pursue other opportunities will be effective as of December 1, 2012.
The announcement comes as CWC embarks on a strategic campaign to support women as they advance and navigate their careers in Canada’s media, communications, technology and social media sectors. The industry association has launched a Technology Leadership Council, and a new mentorship program with Wired Women.
During MacKendrick’s tenure, CWC established the CWC Centre for Strategic Digital Leadership, built the CWC Annual Awards Gala into a must-attend event in Ottawa, established the highly-respected CWC/Shaw Media Mentoring Program, the Career Accelerator series of executive training for media and communications leaders and launched a successful Women on Boards initiative that saw the companies in CWC’s advocacy circle achieve representation of women on their boards 2.5 times greater than the FP500 average.
“I believe in CWC’s mandate today as strongly as when I first joined the organization in 1996. CWC has changed the careers and lives of a generation of women in the media and communications sectors. I’m very proud of the legacy I will be leaving and grateful for the privilege of working with such a talented and dedicated group of colleagues, sponsors and Board members,” she said. “Together we accomplished a lot.”
“Stephanie MacKendrick has been an outstanding leader and will be missed as the face and voice of CWC. Under her direction, CWC has become the go-to women’s organization for top quality professional development, business networking and recognition. We sincerely thank Stephanie on behalf of all of our stakeholders for all she has done for the organization and wish her every success as she moves forward toward new horizons,” said Patricia Douey, Chair of CWC.
Judith Campbell, Vice President, Partnerships, will assume interim responsibility for leading CWC. Judith is a veteran senior member of the CWC team, serving for more than six years from 2002 to 2007 and from 2011 to present.
CWC announced several key strategic moves to empower its members in the Digital Age:
Establishment of the CWC Technology Leadership Council, a group of senior industry leaders charged with steering the organization through digital convergence
Introduction of the CWC/Wired Woman mentorship program focused on providing mentoring relationships and professional development for women who are newcomers to Canada and women of diversity who are in transition to technology-related careers
Appointment of Joanne Stanley as Special Advisor, Strategy and Technology Sector charged with leading CWC’s operational and technology sector strategy
Appointment of Yasmin Ranade as Executive Director, Wired Woman Initiatives and head of the CWC/Wired Woman Mentoring program
“This is an exciting time for CWC. We are leading the way in offering programs and activities that equip our members to excel in the age of digital transformation,” said Patricia Douey, Chair of the Board of CWC. “It is particularly important given the role women in technology and communications can play in contributing to Canada’s innovation agenda and future economic prosperity. CWC is proud to play a major role in facilitating the success of this crucial national strategy.
Joanne Stanley is a highly skilled and experienced not-for-profit leader with a corporate background in technology and telecommunications. She most recently was the founder and Executive Director of Canadian Women in Technology
Yasmin Ranade is founder and publisher of the on-line portal in addition to being the former President of Wired Woman Toronto and founder of the Wired Woman Toronto mentoring program that is now being offered under the umbrella of CWC.
CWC and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) have had a longstanding partnership to jointly work on improving the professional development opportunities of women in the information technology sector, a strategy to supplement the legacy of strong offerings for women in media and telecommunications. CWC joined forces with Wired Woman in early 2012 and currently has 2900 members in nine chapters across Canada.
For more Mediacaster Magazine coverage related to this topic, please see:
Women with Power: Changing Canada’s Communications Culture
Boosting Competitiveness in Canada’s Technology, Media and Telecom Industries
CWC to Honour Top Women in Telecom, Media, Broadcasting

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