The 2019 Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon will be held August 22 at the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club


Bold. Brave. Gutsy. Fearless.

However you want to phrase it, there’s a new attitude and #badass energy around the way women are claiming their spot in the workplace – and especially in technology. The 2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon celebrates that spirit with an afternoon of networking, education, and paying tribute to notable women who helped set the table for the current generation of leaders. Ingram Micro continues as our founding sponsor.

Our guest speaker will be author, podcaster and radio host Nora Young. Nora is host and creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture. She helps audiences understand trends in big data, new technologies, machine learning, and more. She is also the author of The Virtual Self.

In addition to her presentation, and our traditional awards honouring three worthy industry veterans with induction into the Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame, we will be recognizing Deanna Thomson, former Channel Chief with DELL EMC with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

We are also looking for nominations for the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a bright up-and-comer, and a Mentor of the Year Award, so get your nomination in soon.

Deanna Thomson, formerly of Dell EMC
Deanna Thomson, formerly of Dell EMC

Highlights of the Women in the IT Channel Luncheon 2018.

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

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.