ICTC Labour Market Report: women occupy 1 out of 4 ICT jobs in Canada

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a not-for-profit national centre of expertise, released in 2015 a Labour Market Outlook regarding the outlook of the Canadian workforce in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the period of 2015-2019.

According to the report, in the next coming years the ICT work market should see an increase of demand for talent, and at the same time face difficulties to encounter skilled ICT workers.
The ICTC report discussed the gender imbalance in the ICT field, and the under-representation of women among ICT workers.
Mostly male-dominated, ICT professions are occupied 3 out of 4 times by men, and only 1 time by women.

The market report also points out the importance of actions to meet the ICT work market demands, such as “attracting and building the talent supply from an early age”, and “approaches to engage all available talent”.

The report states that “a gender-bias in STEM education and employment is widely known and thus there are few visible role models for young women. Concerted, cooperative promotion and outreach efforts are needed to counter the perceptions that there are fewer opportunities in STEM and ICT and that the careers are not stimulating. This is not an easy task and requires the industry to take an active role in communicating career paths more effectively. An outreach campaign is critical to reducing the negative perceptions that have become associated with careers in the ICT sector.”

For more details about the ICTC Labour Market Outlook, visit the ICTC website or acces the full report.

Meet-up with women in technology by Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is promoting a networking event for women in technology.
This is a great opportunity to meet peers, discuss ideas, and learn about new opportunities!

Here are the event details:
Date: Thursday october 6th 6:00pm
Where: Morgan Stanley offices
700, Wellington Street, 2nd floor, Montréal QC, H3C 3S4
RSVP: Women who want to participate to this event should contact wit-montreal@morganstanley.com
This meeting will allow female students in technology to exchange between them, but also with technology professionnals.
This would be a networking cocktail with professionnals in the Montréal community.
This event will also feature a Tech Talk on Cloud Security and refreshments will be served.
Join us to share ideas and meet new people!

UQAM ACM-W Student Chapter was founded in July 18th, 2016

Have you noticed the low presence of women in computer programs at UQAM?
This summer, in order to improve the gender balance, a group of students founded the ACM-WS UQAM.
ACM-WS UQAM is a Student Chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) dedicated to Women in computing.

The goals of this association are to:
– promote women’s participation in computing both in the academic and professional environments
– gather students into targeted activities
– create a local and national network of female computer scientists.

The chapter is supported by UQAM and the ACM, a leading computer networking organization worldwide.

The Student Chapter of the ACM-W at UQAM is currently looking for motivated students to contribute to its growth and its activities.

So come join us!
Looking forward to meeting you,

The UQAM ACM-W Student Chapter Team