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Cathy Lewis joined Abbott Point of Care (APOC) in 2007 to design and implement a Microelectronics Manufacturer Apprenticeship program in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and Algonquin College. 301 apprentices have graduated to date with another 85 in progress. The Conference Board of Canada published a national case study in 2009 showcasing the program as best practice on-the-job learning. The Microelectronics program also earned the Minister’s Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award in 2010.
In 2010 Cathy led the implementation of Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement and process simplification at APOC’s Ottawa manufacturing facility. In 2012 her role expanded again to include environment, health and safety global standards responsibility. She has accountability for energy, water and waste reduction targets, sustainability, community programs and certifications like ISO14001.
As a consultant for ten years prior to joining Abbott, Cathy led education technology programs for public, private and non-profit organizations. Highlights included education consulting with Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and Microsoft, serving as education advisor with the Library of Parliament and then Director of Education at Nortel LearnIT which involved collaboration with NASA’s Distance Education program.
Cathy co-founded iSisters Technology Mentoring, a registered Canadian charity, which has been connecting women in need with technology through mentoring since 2001. iSisters' programs enhance employability skills, provide an effective stepping stone to an improved quality of life and initiate long-term and high-impact positive change for marginalized women. Classes are available free to participants and built through strategic alliances with non-profit community partners. Through 12 partnerships, across ten years, over 2000 women have graduated from award-winning, sustainable and innovative technology mentoring programs. Cathy was the first iSisters mentor and teacher with teen moms, then Inuit women and Canadian newcomers and has been a director on the board since 2007. Cathy served as Treasurer on the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa Board of Directors from 2006-2008 and has been volunteering in other community roles since 1989.
Cathy was an Ottawa OBJ Top 40 Under Forty in 2010. She was an Abbott Point of Care President’s Award recipient in 2010 for developing a program that resulted in 31 colleagues earning their high school diplomas. Other recognition has included: Showcase Ontario ITAC Voluntary Sector Award in 2006, YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominee, Lifelong Learning in 2004 and ITAC Community IT Hero Award in 2003.
Cathy earned undergraduate degrees from Carleton University in 1997, her Education Degree from the University of Ottawa in 1998 and has additional qualifications in special education. She graduated from Leadership Ottawa in 2004 and completed her Executive MBA at the University of Ottawa in 2007. Cathy has been an active and proud alumni representative for her EMBA class since graduation.
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