2021 Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon

This virtual 90-minute session will bring together all the networking, inspirational presentations, awards, and surprises that you have come to expect. The luncheon will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded material and opportunities for exciting, unstructured conversation in networking rooms. Look for a little music trivia and some flower power. Can you dig it?

The event will take place on WIT-TV, a unique platform that offers the audience the opportunity to watch videos, download white papers, live chat, and socialize in established sponsor breakout rooms.

This is a registration-only event. Please feel free to share this invite with interested colleagues. All individuals must register to receive the digital key that will allow them to access the WIT-TV platform.

It’s going to be a gas! Register now to join us.

The annual luncheon is also the time we celebrate the induction of three honourees into the Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame and honour both a Rising Star and a Mentor of the Year.


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2020 coverage


For the first time ever, its year’s event was virtual. ITWC’s unique WIT-TV platform featured special networking breakout rooms that allowed us to be together during the 90-minute celebration.

The event featured inspiring speakers, the induction of three women channel leaders in the Hall of Fame, and recognition of a Rising Star and a Mentor of the Year.

This year was the 10th anniversary of this event. Take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the highlights from the past decade.

There’s no remote workforce without change management, says WIIT honouree

Iva Harris is well-known by Canadian enterprises and public sector offices. One of 2020’s WIIT honourees has…

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CommScope’s Canadian country leader’s leadership advice: Don’t create ‘a bunch of clones’

One of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees from Commscope has had to navigate a mega $7.4 billion acquisition of communications and networking specialist Arris International, which owns Ruckus, back in April 2019.

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Women in IT Channel honouree worries about channel’s lack of visibility

Mary Whittle has had a front-row seat to the transformation taking place in the enterprise through the…

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Ingram Micro’s Rising Star already flexing leadership muscles

Her title is category manager but that doesn’t come close to telling our Rising Star winner’s full story.

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Mentorship means helping others become ‘their best selves’ says 2020 winner

During her impressive career spanning over 22 years, Nicole Mumford has helped many people break down barriers…

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Canadian cultural icon Veronica Tennant C.C. offered the luncheon’s keynote address. The filmmaker, producer, author and Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada shared her thoughts on how technology is shaping the Arts.


2019 coverage

2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame inductee: Cheryl McGrath

Looking for more info on the event? Click here! Customers are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the thousands of…

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame inductee: Priscilla Petgrave

Ahead of CDN’s 2019 Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon event Aug. 22, read about one of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, Priscilla Petgrave, senior sales consultant with Information Systems Architects.

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame inductee: Vicki Thomson

The channel is about the promotion and distribution of technical solutions, but for Vicki Thomson, the most vital part of the channel is people.

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Mentor of the Year: Tammy Nyman

Over a career that has spanned 15 years that has brought her into her current role as the executive vice president at MBC Managed IT Services, Nyman has dedicated a lot of time to help her colleagues advance their own careers.

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Rising Star Award: Tanya Grant

Ahead of CDN’s 2019 Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon event Aug. 22, read about this year’s Rising Star Award winner Tanya Grant. 

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Deanna Thomson on life after Dell EMC, and the growth of the Canadian channel

The signs were there from the beginning. Twenty-five years ago, Deanna Thomson, who would later become the…

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Security is top of mind right now, says 2019 CDN Rising Star, Tanya Grant

Grant first began her aspiring career at CitiFinancial and Bell Canada, asserting a strong foothold into Canada’s…

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Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon 2019 – Ananya Chadha

A young machine learning developer for IBM shares her story.

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Guest Speaker

Our 2018 guest speaker was Lisa Lisson, President of FedEx Canada and author of the book Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss and the Road to Success.

As President of FedEx Canada, Lisson is responsible for 5,700 employees and eight airport hubs feeding into a worldwide network that handles 8 million shipments a day in 220 countries. While she has reached the upper echelons in her professional life, the journey has not been an easy one. In August 2007, her husband and high school sweetheart Patrick, suffered a massive heart attack that left him in a vegetative state for more than two years. There were some dark times for the 38-years-old mother of four young children, but she cared for her husband and continued to work full -time in an executive position. Many co-workers in her office never even knew her husband was sick. Almost a year to the day after Patrick died, she was named the President of FedEx Canada.

She will share her inspirational story at the Women in the IT Channel Appreciation luncheon in the hope that by telling her story she can provide inspiration and motivation to others that that life goes on and you can overcome hardships no matter what they may be. READ MORE

The CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame

2018 CDN Women in the IT Channel guest speaker: Lisa Lisson

Audience members at this year’s CDN Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon burst into a round…

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2018 CDN Women in the IT Channel Rising Star Award: Erika Moll-Richardson

Erika Moll-Richardson’s impressive feat of becoming ProServeIT Corp.’s number one sales rep just 19 months into her…

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2018 CDN Women in the IT Channel Mentor of the Year: Gail Mercer-MacKay

It’s not hyperbolic to suggest that without the channel partner community, the innovation scene in Canada would…

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The 2017 Women in the IT Channel held on August 17, 2017 at the stunningly beautiful Credit Valley Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ontario.

The luncheon – was one of the most exciting networking opportunities in the Channel this year – sponsored by Ingram Micro Canada.  The theme of the event is FIND YOUR TRIBE –  an effort to underscore the importance of community in the channel ecosystem.

In addition to our traditional awards honouring worthy industry veterans, and the Rising Star Award recognizing a bright up- and-comer, VMware Canada presented a Mentor of the Year Award, and Rogers held a workshop session, Digital Transformation and the Customer Experience.

Guest Speaker

This year’s guest speaker Barb Stegemann, an author and social entrepreneur ranked as one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women, as well as one of Profit Guide’s top 30 Cool and Fabulous entrepreneurs.

Barb’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The 7 Virtues, a company that sources organic oils from countries experiencing turmoil (such as Afghanistan, Haiti and Rwanda). Addressing complex global matters in her talks, Stegemann uses humour to explain how individuals can use business for good and effect change, both at home and worlds away.

CDN 2017 Women of the IT Channel hits lucky No. 7

CDN and Ingram Micro Canada partnered for the seventh annual CDN Women of the IT Channel Recognition…

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New CDN award program to honour women mentors

Do you have a channel mentor who helps you stay focused when everything around you is falling…

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CDN 2016 Rising Star winner says young women should look at IT careers

TORONTO – This year’s CDN Rising Star winner Tania Galovic has worked hard to help the company she…

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Highlights from the 2016 CDN Women of the IT Channel event

TORONTO – CDN and Ingram Micro Canada showcased the top women executives in the channel for 2016 at the sixth annual CDN…

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Highlights of the Women in the IT Channel Luncheon 2018.