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Public sector network group for women in ICT formed

October 23, 2015  

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Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) this week launched a Public Sector Network for women in technology and science at the GTEC conference in Ottawa. The announcement brought over 400 public and private sector workers together to discuss strategies for promoting women in information, communications and technology (ICT) in the public sector.

Vidya ShankarNarayan, director general enterprise services, with the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada said the network will provide a forum within the WCT National Capital regional chapter for public sector women working in technology and science jobs to network across government departments, levels and with women from the private sector to work together towards career advancement.

Corinne Charette, senior assistant deputy minister of spectrum and ICT with Industry Canada, estimates that there are roughly 6,000 women working in technology, engineering and science roles across all federal government departments.

“The government needs to leverage the talent of our entire workforce — both men and women professionals,” she said. “Providing a community of support for women in these roles will enable them to learn from each other and from successful mentors as they grow professionally and seek leadership positions which they may not have vied for in the past.”

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