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 response to the growing need to support and raise the profile of women in associated industries.
Over the last 21 years, CWC has become the leader in assisting women from the communications industry with advancement. A multifaceted and inclusive organization, CWC supports not only women in radio and television, and telecommunications, but also women in print media, new media and the IT sector.
CWC is a national, bilingual organization, with nine chapters across Canada, and 2900 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 sector, CWC offers strategic networking events and targeted professional development programs to assist women with maximizing their career potential.
On October 10th 2012, after more than 16 years building Canadian Women in Communications into a widely respected national organization, CWC President Stephanie MacKendrick announced that she would be leaving as of December 1, 2012 to pursue new opportunities. She would remain involved in the organization as a Special Advisor to the Board.
During her tenure, CWC established the CWC Centre for Strategic Digital Leadership, built the CWC Annual Awards Gala into a major event in Ottawa, established the highly-respected CWC/Shaw Media Mentoring Program and the Career Accelerator series of executive training for media and communications leaders, and launched a successful Women on Boards initiative that saw the companies in CWC's advocacy circle achieve representation of women on their boards 2.5 times greater than the FP500 average.
It was also announced that on Nancy's departure, Judith Campbell, Vice President, Partnerships, would assume interim responsibility for leading CWC. Judith was a veteran senior member of the CWC team, having served for more than six years from 2002 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2012.