YES Montreal study part of three-year plan to close gender gap in Quebec technology industry 2013-10-30

A report released today by YES Montreal shows that women are less likely than men to enter Quebec’s technology industry and recommends ways to close the gender gap.

 
Advisory Council
Lionel Blanshay
Rob Braide
Scott Conrod
Charles B. Crawford
John W. Dobson*
Peter R. Johnson
Guy Laframboise
Timothy Leyne
Peter McAuslan
Andy Nulman
Philip O'Brien
Hilary Radley
Herschel Segal
Robert Walsh

 
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Past President, YES
Harold Simpkins
John Molson School of Business
Concordia University

President, YES
John Aylen
John Aylen Communications

Vice President, YES
Jordan LeBel, Ph.D.
John Molson School of Business
Concordia University


Vice President, YES
Roslyn Slawner
Hart Resource Development

Treasurer, YES
Gavin Correa, CPA, CA, CFP
Litwin Correa, LLP
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Doris Juergens
NATIONAL Public Relations

Andrew Abdalla
MNP LLP

John Scott Bailey
JSB & Associates Inc.

Pino Di Ioia
BeaverTails Pastry/Moozoo Juices
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Chris Emergui
BAM Strategy

Harvey Elman
Landmark Properties Inc.

Christopher Minkoff
Fort Financial Group

Marcel Pinchevsky


Iris Unger
Executive Director




 
 
  YES Montreal study part of three-year plan to close gender gap in Quebec technology industry

Montreal, October 30, 2013
-- A report released today by YES Montreal shows that women are less likely than men to enter Quebec’s technology industry and recommends ways to close the gender gap.

“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates are critical to the knowledge-based economy of Quebec,” said Elisabeth Laett, Committee Chair of the Women in Technology Program at YES Montreal. “Helping to get more women into the technology industry will require the efforts of organizations like YES Montreal, but also schools, governments, and the industry itself. Research shows that we have to get girls excited in technology at an early age, encourage them to study these related fields at university, and give them access to female-friendly work environments.”

The YES Montreal Gender-Based Analysis of Women in Technology study was conducted over a year. It includes secondary research from experts in the field, and primary data collected through surveys, focus groups and interviews. The study was funded through a grant from the Status of Women Canada, a federal government organization that promotes equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. A copy of the report is available at yesmontreal.ca.

“Recruiting more women would help ensure that Quebec information and communication technology companies find the 17,000 new workers they need each year to grow their industry,” said Iris Unger, Executive Director of YES Montreal. “The goal of our research was to better understand why there is a gender gap in the technology industry and adapt our job search and business start-up programs to help close that gap.”

The YES Montreal Women in Technology Program was founded in late 2012, with the support of Status of Women Canada, as a three-year project to increase the number of women involved in the fields of technology. Services are provided in-house or online. They include one-on-one sessions with a specialized business coach, career counselling, thematic workshops by industry professionals, mentorship, networking, accounting professionals, legal interns, access to a resource library, and free phone, internet, Wi-Fi and computer access. The program is open to women of all ages.


The Quebec technology sector employs more than 250,000 people, and generates $1.2 billion in revenue.


To view the full report, please click here.


About YES Montreal
As a not-for-profit organization, YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) enriches the community by providing English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. The YES Montreal Women In Technology Program provides services geared to women interested in pursuing a career in technology or who want to start a technology-based business.
 
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Media Contact:
Catherine Brisindi
Director of Marketing and Special Events
YES (Youth Employment Services)
Tel. 514-878-9788 Ext. 322
E-mail:
cbrisindi@yesmontreal.ca

 
 
 

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