Women in the IT Channel Mentor of the Year winner Gail Mercer-MacKay

    Gail Mercer-MacKay from Mercer-MacKay Digital Storytelling won the Mentor of the Year award at the Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon that was hosted on Aug. 23.

    MacKay, the chief story teller of the company, is a marketing expert, and for more than a decade, has been helping channel partners connect with the customers they serve.

    She said she didn’t have many mentors in the early stages of her career and felt it was very important that young women had a mentor.

    MacKay also recently won the Pay it Forward Mentor award Microsoft  Inspire this year.

    Watch the video to find out what winning the Mentor of the Year award means to her.

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    Shruti Shekar is a video producer and reporter for IT World Canada. She was formerly a political reporter at The Hill Times and was based in Ottawa. Her beats included political culture, lobbying, telecom and technology, and the diplomatic community. She was also was the editor of The Lobby Monitor, and a reporter at The Wire Report; two trade publications that are part of The Hill Times. She received a MA in journalism from Western University and a double BA honours in communication studies and human rights from Carleton University. She was born in India, grew up mostly in Singapore and currently resides in Canada.