Tech Women Selected for The Leadership Forum at University of Ottawa EMBA
February 15, 2006

February 15, 2006, Ottawa, ON... The CATA Women in Technology (WIT) Forum announced today the selection of five women who will take part in The Leadership Forum, a prestigious new program of the University of Ottawa School of Management designed to hone the skills of next generation Ottawa area chief executive officers.

The Leadership Forum is a series of seminars held over a two-year period where seasoned and successful business leaders help executives prepare for business leadership. It is a joint initiative in support of Ottawa's business community and Ottawa's emerging top talent.

All participants are pre-screened and approved for participation with only 35 executives selected for the Forum where they will hear the advice of leaders who can broaden their perspectives on the global marketplace. The program will be delivered at the School of Management EMBA facility in downtown Ottawa. The Ottawa Citizen sponsors the CATA WIT Forum participants.

The individuals selected by the CATA WIT Forum are:

  • Carole Lacombe, Senior Vice President, Canadian Space Agency
  • Kim Dixon, Vice President, Marketing, Talkswitch
  • Ella Mar, Senior Vice President Operations, Espial
  • Jacqueline Gauthier, CFO & Corporate Secretary, Calian Technologies
  • Carol Devenny, Partner, PWC

Given the predominance of advanced technology companies in the Ottawa area, Forum organizers wanted to have representation from that sector. The CATA WIT Forum is a new community network designed to boost women's participation and advancement in the high-growth technology sector across Canada. Together, the CATA WIT Forum and the University are fostering the development of more female chief executive officers. Both organizations recognize the importance of diversity and the need for a mixture of skill sets at the executive table.

"I am thrilled to be one of the CATA WIT participants in The Leadership Forum. I am looking forward to meeting the other individuals who have been identified as future leaders in the Ottawa community and interacting with them and to learn from the people who are already leading", said Carol Devenny, a partner with PWC.

Peter Cleveland, Executive in Residence with the University of Ottawa EMBA program, said he was very pleased that The Leadership Forum would have several women participating. "The experience and talent of these five individuals is impressive and I know they are going to add tremendous value to the Forum. They have a great deal to offer and we are looking forward to their participation."

About The Leadership Forum
The Leadership Forum is a series of lectures held over a two-year period and designed to provide a high-level professional development and learning experience for 35 Ottawa area individuals who have been designated as having the potential to become chief executive officers. A committee made up of the corporate sponsors has screened all the applications and accepted the individuals into the Forum.

An accomplished industry executive will lead each lecture session and there will be ample opportunity for interactive learning in each session.

By virtue of their participation in the Forum, each individual becomes part of an ongoing Ottawa leadership network that they can use to remain in contact with graduates and to share ideas and experiences on an ongoing basis.

Founding sponsors of The Leadership Forum are the Ottawa Citizen, Scotiabank, Ernst and Young LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, the Ottawa Business Journal and CATAAlliance.

About The CATA WIT Forum
The CATA Women in Technology (WIT) Forum is a network designed to boost women's participation and advancement in the technology sector. The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) created the WIT Forum to provide opportunities for mentoring, networking, professional development and advocacy for women in the high tech sector.

For more information:

Elizabeth Costello
University of Ottawa EMBA Program
Tel: 564-2310

Joanne Stanley,
Vice President, Marketing
Tel: 236-6550