CIBC, OpenText Add Power to CanWIT Program for Gender Diversity
March 17, 2011

Ottawa March 16, 2011. . . CIBC and OpenText have joined the leadership team of Canadian Women in Technology to increase the leadership involvement of women in IT in the financial and software sectors.

CanWIT is also pleased to announce the chair of the new South Western Ontario Chapter, Angelique Mohring, Senior Director, Office of the Chief Marketing Officer OpenText, and Alison James, Vice-President, Infrastructure Client Services, CIBC, the new chair of the Toronto chapter.

CanWIT, a division of CATAAlliance, is a national community network for women in the IT workforce created in 2005 to provide a forum and programs to attract women into IT and support them in career advancement.

The percentage of women in all IT occupations in Canada is at only 23.9 per cent in 2010 which is down from 25.3 per cent in 2000 (ICTC2010 Labour Market Survey ). "The financial and software sectors are significant employers of IT workers and we are thrilled that OpenText and CIBC have joined CanWIT to help increase the number of women IT workers in their sectors," said Joanne Stanley, Executive Director, CanWIT.

"CIBC has long been committed to building a fair and inclusive workforce and one that represents the clients we serve across Canada," said Alison James of CIBC. "We were pleased to have been recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers in recent weeks. With about two-thirds of our employees being women, we have a strong foundation and track record of fostering gender diversity, but there is certainly opportunity to continue to enhance our focus as we seek to attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce."

Kitchener-Waterloo is a hub for software development in Canada. "As Canada's largest software company, we take an active role in supporting women in technology in all aspects of the industry, from IT through to Web 3.0, social media, innovation and more. Advocating for women in technology in this region benefits everyone - from those juggling busy lives and careers through to our local businesses and our economy," said James Latham, Chief Marketing Officer, OpenText.

For more information, contact:

Joanne Stanley
Executive Director
Canadian Women in Technology