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“At Elevate International we have the mission to elevate women and girls locally and globally. Particularly focusing on Women’s Leadership, Economic Growth and Community Building. While leaders and institutional shareholders have been stepping up to express support and the importance of increasing gender diversity in all sectors and amongst companies, gender diversity remains a key item in our society, on the government’s and corporate governance agenda. It is with great honour to be part of The Willis College, Women in Technology Scholarship, to inspire, empower and elevate more women in this the Tech Industry.”

Solange Tuyishime, President & CEO, Elevate International 


“I am proud to contribute as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Women in Technology Scholarship Fund. This initiative, led by Willis College, will arm talented women in the cybersecurity field with the necessary resources to thrive amongst their peers and contribute to Canada’s economic growth. Diversity efforts such as these will enable Canada’s technology industry to develop a competitive advantage and discover success on the world stage.”

Jamie Petten, Director of Marketing, L-SPARK


“With its curriculum driven by real-world needs, Willis College is preparing students for lucrative careers in newly emerging fields. The Women in Technology Scholarship represents an exceptional approach to boosting female participation, which will further establish Ottawa as a leading producer of diverse talent. I am thrilled to be involved with such an influential program.”

Diana Davies-Harju, CMO, Magnifi


“As a women in technology, Digital Marketer. TEDx Speaker and Huffington Post Contributor, I have a keen interest in helping spread this initiative far and wide. I founded my own company in 2004 and grew it to an International digital marketing consultancy over the span of thirteen years. Most recently, I’ve joined L-SPARK, a SaaS-focused accelerator that helps companies accelerate their growth over a nine month program. My career has always revolved around the ever-changing tech space and I’m thrilled to be part of a move to more diversity and better inclusion.”

Erin Blaskie, Community Manager L-SPARK


“I am thrilled to be able to support the critical work that Willis College continues to do in our City – and with such importance to the well-being of our Country. It is estimated the unfilled cybersecurity jobs will reach 1.5 million by 2019 and the current unemployment rate in this field is zero.  While the field is dominated by males, there is no better time to harness the collective power of our female gender. By harnessing the power of women our Canadian economy stands to grow annual GDP by $150 billion by 2026.  From that we all benefit.”

Jenna Sudds, Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council


“Increasing the number of women in the tech industry should be a top priority for everyone. It’s just good business. At Pythian, we’re proud to help lead the way with our talent management and diversity practices, which we measure with metrics like our Pythia Index. We commend Willis College for introducing this new Scholarship program to help champion change in the sector, and ensure we have a well-educated workforce that has the skills that we need for the future.” 

Paul Vallée, CEO, Pythian


“At Microsoft, we’re inspired to Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Willis College has a long history of preparing students with real world skills to address the increasing demand for technology savvy talent.  While successful organizations have a workforce as diverse as the communities they serve, women remain underrepresented in technical roles.  The Willis College Women in Technology Scholarship helps spotlight opportunities for women in technical careers as well as open the door for those that might not have considered these skills.”

John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada


 “Willis College is again taking a leadership role in addressing major challenges that face the cybersecurity industry:  The overall shortage of skilled technical resources and the lack of women in technical roles.  Willis College has a long and successful track record providing high quality training to diverse audiences and the Women in Technology Scholarship program will add to its considerable legacy.” 

Michael Anderson, Senior Vice President, Sophos


 “I am proud to be part of an organization that has been a pioneer in promoting Women in Technology throughout schools, governments and businesses. For us at CompTIA, Women in Technology is about knowledge and empowerment.  We see the need for collective resources to allow technology knowledge to flourish. Where knowledge is lacking, we must scale it up a level and offer a broad range of support, programs and resources to advance women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom. This will allow us to be the change.  To be asked to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Women in Technology Scholarship Fund I consider a true honor.  I am grateful to Willis College for taking the lead.”

Denise Woods-Goldstein, Director of Business Development, Canada, CompTIA


“As we approach 2020, I’m thrilled to be joined by so many leading IT and business experts from across the Capital region who share my vision for women in the cyber and network security industry. Women must be part of the cyber talent pool, and we must work together to avoid the same mistakes that kept women from joining other lucrative industries solely because of stereotypes.”

Rima Aristocrat, President and CEO, Willis College


“Information and cyber security skills are critical skills in today’s digital economy and will be increasingly essential in every facet of our personal and professional lives as digital transformation and connected devices become the norm. This will mean ensuring we have an inclusive workforce and society that promotes opportunities for women and diverse audiences to build the necessary skills to participate in and enable Canada’s innovation and growth. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Women in Technology Scholarship Fund I look forward to working with Willis College to create more opportunities for women in cyber security.” 

Sandra Saric, Vice President, Talent Innovation, Information and Communications Technology Council


“One of the consistent concerns we hear from government, industry and academia relates to the lack of skilled cyber security expertise and how to address this growing & global gap. The Girl Guides introduced badges for cyber security and we are seeing more programs targeted at engaging the interest and intellect of young girls. It is great to see Willis College leading yet again with this opportunity to provide young women with an opportunity to gather the skills and training needed to help defend, protect, innovate and lead”

Katherine Thompson, Chair, CATA Cyber Council & National Spokesperson CATAAlliance


“With the speed of technology far outpacing available and future needs for skilled resources for Canadian business and government, Willis College’s Women in Technology Scholarship Fund does more than advance skills:  it helps establish equity and equality for women, of all ages, in technology. The building blocks to economic resilience and community health, gender equity and equality are true game-changers that will squarely situate Canada as a global leader in technology. In my twenty year journey as a security professional in government, policing and post-grad academic, I have experienced the challenges of being a woman in technology, which makes me proud to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Women in Technology Scholarship Fund.”

Valarie Findlay, Research Fellow, Police Foundation (US), Member CACP and AFCEA Cyber Councils, Doctoral Research (DocSoSci)


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