CanWIT leaders recognized for outstanding service to Canada with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
October 22, 2012

OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2012 – Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a Division of CATAAlliance, is pleased to announce that Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, Dr. Cindy Gordon, and Fawn Annan were presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal yesterday evening at a ceremony in Montreal at the i-CANADA Summit.


Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, Dr. Cindy Gordon, and Fawn Annan were honoured for their significant contribution and leadership within Canada’s advanced technology sector in an award ceremony yesterday in Montreal, QC.

Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie
, CEO and Chair, CanWIT and Executive-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University, has enjoyed over 20 years of management of information technology in leadership positions including: Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Vancity, and CEO of Vancity's subsidiary, Inventure Solutions, as well as at Pacific Blue Cross and CAA British Columbia. Boivie is also the founding president of the Chief Information Officer's Association of Canada (CIOCAN) and served on several boards including the Insurance Corporation of BC, CGA Canada and Artsclub Theatre Company. In 2009 and 2011, she was named one of Canada's top 100 most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network in the "Trailblazers and Trendsetters" category.

Dr. Cindy Gordon
, former Chair of CanWIT, is the Founder of Helix Commerce International Inc., a company specializing in business innovation, collaboration, commerce, and social media. Dr. Gordon was profiled as one of the top women in Canada for her corporate governance leadership in the University of Western Business School’s text “Women in the Lead.” Cindy has also recently published a new book, “Business Goes Virtual” which examines four virtual business strategies that are showing unprecedented opportunity. Her 2013 book to be released is called Social Roots where the value of crowdsourcing is explored with other leading social media giants like Facebook/YouTube and Twitter.

Fawn Annan, CanWIT Advisory Council member, is the CEO of IT World Canada and has an extensive background in Canada’s media and IT industries. This recognition highlights Annan’s longstanding involvement in leadership activities throughout Canada’s IT sector.  Annan became chief strategy officer of IT World Canada in 2008 and was appointed president and group publisher in 2010, to lead Canada’s number one IT media company.


“I am so honoured to receive this medal and am thrilled to know that myself and my peers, Dr. Cindy Gordon and Fawn Annan, have been recognized for our part in advancing this sector and showcasing the wonderful contribution that women have made to Canada’s most innovative industry,” says Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, CEO and Chair of CanWIT, and Executive-in-Residence, Simon Fraser University. “Women currently make-up only 21 per cent of Canada’s ICT workforce, so the more visible we are as leaders the more likely we are to attract and retain women in this industry.”

“Catherine, Cindy, and Fawn, are exemplary leaders in our sector and so deserving of this recognition,” notes Emily Boucher, Executive Director, CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance.  “The vision and passion that each has for our sector is evident in the countless volunteer hours they have each spent in nurturing and guiding CanWIT as a National organization for the advancement of women in Canada’s technology sector.”


i-CANADA is a national movement dedicated to the development of Intelligent Communities. The i-CANADA Summit brings together premiers, mayors, CEOs, business and social leaders to drive a nationwide strategy focussed on digital technologies and their transformative impact. For further information, visit
the i-Canada Alliance website.

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. To read more about the program, visit the Governor General’s website.


For more information, please contact:

Emily Boucher
Executive Director
CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance
(902) 817-6428