Stephanie MacKendrick, president of the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC), is stepping down after more than 16 years in the position. the CWC said Monday. In a release, the organization said MacKendrick will remain as a special adviser to the board but that her departure will be effective Dec. 1, 2012. Under MacKendrick’s tenure, the organization said, the CWC established the CWC Centre for Strategic Digital Leadership and the CWC/Shaw Media Mentoring Program. MacKendrick also helped launch an initiative called Women on Boards, which saw CWC advocacy companies “achieve a representation of women on their boards 2.5 times greater than the FP500 average,” the release said. The CWC said Judith Campbell, vice-president of partnerships, will be the organization’s interim leader. CWC said Joanne Stanley was also appointed to the position of special adviser of strategy and technology, and Yasmin Ranade as executive director of Wired Woman Initiatives as well as head of the CWC/Wired Woman Mentoring Program.