Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT)
Originating in October 1991 as Canadian Women in Radio and Television (CWRT), the organization changed its name in the mid '90s to Canadian Women in Communications (CWC). In 2014, it expanded its mission as Women in Communications and Technology (WCT), in response to the growing need to support and raise the profile of women in Canada’s ever-expanding digital economy.
WCT is the leader in assisting women from the communications and technology industries with advancement. A multifaceted and inclusive organization, WCT supports women in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. The new name and brand were intended to reflect an enlarged mandate to help bridge gaps, so women are better equipped to be successful participants and leaders in Canada's burgeoning digital economy.
WCT is a national, bilingual organization, with 11 chapters across Canada, and over 2,000 members, that helps women prepare to meet the challenges of the current business environment. Supported by generous sponsorship from an array of companies in the communications and technology sectors, WCT offers strategic networking events and targeted professional development programs to assist women with maximizing their career potential.
WCT’s flagship programs include WCT Connect, Canada’s only online community platform for the advancement of women where women can connect and build their professional network; the Protégé Project, Canada’s only cross-sector career sponsorship program; the Mentorship program, which provides one-to-one mentorship and mentorship circles; the WCT Annual Awards Gala, which recognizes women, men, and companies who are working toward gender diversity; Closing the Gender Gap, a white paper based on research from roundtables across Canada; Up the Numbers, a research and advocacy program; and the Jeanne Sauvé and Dr. Roberta Bondar career development programs for women in the broadcast/regulatory and science and technology industries, respectively.