For the second straight year, Ingram Micro was the lead sponsor for the Women in IT luncheon. An event dedicated to recognizing those women in the IT channel who have contributed and continue to contribute to the industry.
The Canadian IT channel is made up of some remarkable women. CDN, host and publication partner of this unique event had the difficult task of selecting five women from the channel for this years’ recognition. After much deliberation, the following women were recognized at the luncheon, which was held at the picturesque Toronto Hunt Club.
1. Barb Cummings, director of business development for London, Ont.-based Brodie Computes Inc.
2. Bonnie Huckstep, business development manager for Insite Computer Group Inc. of Markham, Ont.
3. Cheryl Stookes, director of sales for SHI Canada in Toronto;
4. Laura Tsingos, director of operations for Toronto-based HighVail Systems Inc.
5. Cathy Vankesteren, senior vice president of End to End Networks of Toronto.
As part of the event activities, an informative panel discussion, hosted by IT World Canada journalist Christine Wong, sparked a lively debate on whether Cloud Computing would motivate young women to join the IT industry.
The panel consisted of Gina Thompson, Senior Manager Cloud and Services Division North America for Ingram Micro, IT editor and journalist Vawn Himmelsbach and area director of Dimension Data Canada Wendy Lucas. Dimension Data recently introduced their own cloud solution. The panel offered new ideas on how women entrepreneurs can get more involved in the cloud computing space. The global cloud computing market is expected to grow at 30 per cent reaching $270 billion in 2020.
According to Gartner Research, the current market worldwide for cloud services is more than $70 billion and that should double by 2014. All three panelists agreed that there is no question that cloud is an incredible market opportunity. The adoption rate for cloud in North America is at 18 per cent. That’s a big market gap that needs to be filled; why not by women entrepreneurs.
The keynote speaker was none other than Canadian prima ballerina turned author turned film producer/director, Veronica Tennant. Tennant, who danced with greats such as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, spoke about reinventing herself as a producer/director and filmmaker while expanding her skills as a communicator, performer and author.