Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) announced last week the recipients of its annual awards for 2012. Among the CWC's 10 awards, the woman of the year is Karen Sheriff, president and CEO of Bell Aliant (a subsidiary of BCE Inc.). Sheriff is the only woman leading a major Canadian telecommunications company, the CWC said in a release, who has driven solid returns and results and led the company’s fibre-to-home initiative. Her focus, good judgment and emphasis on mentoring and talent development make her a role model in the industry, the CWC said. The CWC's employer of the year is IBM Canada Ltd., which is being recognized for gender diversity at all levels, the creation of the IBM women’s executive councils, IBM’s women in technology chapters, reaching out to and encouraging girls in middle school to pursue technology careers, and the IBM women in technology campus liaison program. CWC is a 20-year-old national and bilingual organization with over 1,000 members. It provides strategic networking, targeted professional development and recognition to women in the areas of communications and technology. This year's gala awards presentation will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa on April 16.