Cogeco Connexion recognized as model for workplace diversity


The 2d biggest cable operator in Ontario and Québec was once honoured not too long ago because the 2018 winner of Ladies in Communications and Generation’s (WCT) Corporate of the 12 months Award.   Cogeco Connexion was once offered the award at an Ottawa rite in reputation of its ongoing efforts to make its place of job extra various, inclusive and supportive of girls.

“Cogeco Connexion takes variety and inclusion severely,” mentioned Joanne Stanley, government director of WCT.  “It understands extra various place of job guarantees that businesses are extra leading edge and higher run.  Cogeco’s methods are functional and metrics-driven with senior control in control of results.  Consequently, it’s reaching the type of gender metrics that WCT wish to see extra broadly emulated all over the virtual economic system.”

Fatima Khalid earned a status ovation on the WCT Awards gala as she spoke about her social justice efforts and her paintings with the Drupal neighborhood. She was once named WCT 2018 Emerging Famous person.

Ladies at Cogeco Connexion represent 32 in keeping with cent  of its overall team of workers, at a time when the ideas and communications trade reasonable is 27 in keeping with cent.  Its control cohort may be 32 in keeping with cent  feminine.  Thirty-two in keeping with cent of its Board of Administrators are ladies and Cogeco’s 11-person senior control staff, led by way of President Ken Smithard, contains 4 ladies.

In 2011, Cogeco followed a three-year employment fairness plan to succeed in an excellent illustration of designated teams, together with ladies.  This plan incorporated a variety of modern measures and targets to foster variety, employment fairness and inclusion. They incorporated:

  • Offering all Cogeco ladies with skilled construction alternatives designed to fortify government and management talents and competencies.
  • Skilled networking and improve via Cogeco’s Ladies’s Community (which is corporately funded) and different methods.
  • Making sure a extremely versatile paintings setting for all staff that gives teleworking, versatile paintings schedules, decreased paintings weeks and unpaid leaves of absence to lend a hand staff higher supervisor paintings and circle of relatives obligations.
Willa Black, Vice President Company Affairs, Cisco Canada, is gifted the 2018 Innovator of the 12 months.

“I’m very happy with this reputation of our tangible dedication to creating Cogeco Connexion a various and inclusive group,” mentioned Ken Smithard, President of Cogeco Connexion. “Variety and fairness are core rules with deep roots in our company tradition. I’m in particular happy with Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Connexion’s initiative to position in combination the Cogeco Ladies’s Community, which spearheads tasks that permit all of our feminine colleagues to increase their talents and fortify their profession trail, thus resulting in vital contributions to Cogeco’s expansion.”

Cogeco was once however one of the vital winners on the WCT Awards Gala. Different winners incorporated:

  • Sylvie Courtemanche, Chair of the Canadian Broadcast Requirements Council was once named Lady of the 12 months
  • Techsploration, a Nova Scotia group running providing mentor-led methods in colleges as a way to support the selection of ladies running in science, trades and generation, was once offered the Empowerment prize.
  • Willa Black, Vice President Company Affairs with Cisco Canada, was once named Innovator of the 12 months for her efforts spearheading methods just like the sustainability initiative One Hundreds of thousands Acts of Inexperienced and the learning effort Attached North.
  • Fatima Khalid, a key member of the North American Drupal neighborhood, was once known with the Emerging Famous person Award.
  • Bonnie Brownlee, Govt Director, Communications, Advertising and marketing, Emblem and Imaging, CBC, was once named Mentor of the 12 months.
  • Geoff Poulton, President of Vista Radio, was once known as Variety Champion of the 12 months for rising the feminine illustration within the corporate’s control from 15 in keeping with cent in 2013 to 50 in keeping with cent in 2018.
  • Trailblazer of the 12 months went to Zainul Mawji, Vice President, House Answers and Complementary Channels, TELUS.
  • Mina Chan, Rogers Director of Generation Construction, Video, was once awarded Generation Innovator of the 12 months.
  • Brigadier-Basic Frances Allen was once offered a public sector management award and Laurie Hause, CIO McKenzie Lake Attorneys, was once known as WCT Chief of the 12 months.

As a countrywide group devoted to the development of girls in Canada’s virtual economic system, WCT is dedicated to encouraging all employers within the virtual industries to up the numbers by way of expanding the velocity of girls’s employment within the sector and girls’s affect within the corporations they serve.  WCT’s Up the Numbers Program is a analysis and communications program designed to inspire practices – like gender metrics and research – and methods – like ladies’s networks, versatile paintings environments and government profession sponsorship to support their total variety and inclusion.

Geoff Poulton, President, Vista Radio, celebrates with a few of his control staff after being named WCT 2018 Variety Champion.
Arylene Reycraft, the chief director, Techsploration, accepts the WCT Empowerment award on behalf of the Nova Scotia group.


Bonnie Brownlee, Govt Director, Communique, Advertising and marketing, Emblem and Analysis, CBC was once named WCT 2018 Mentor of the 12 months on the group’s contemporary Awards Gala. Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada, offered the award.








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