Cynthia Fortlage

Ms. Fortlage shares her experiences of Acceptance without Understanding through various mediums including writing, consulting, public performances, training, personal counsel and mentorship.

Advocating for the treatment of everyone as human beings on their life journey and we accept each other’s journeys without needing to understand each other’s journey first.

Using her skills as a leader, mentor, public speaker and Transgender Woman as the basis for which she builds upon and shares these unique lived experiences and applicability of acceptance without understanding regarding family, work, and life in general to help others who are on their life journey, or find they are facing a precipice of change they didn’t expect in their life journey.

Currently, she is also the Vice President of Information Technology (CIO) with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, and an executive team member at GHY International, a privately held international trade experts and consulting firm. Ms Fortlage started her career in October 1988 as the firms first IT staff member.

Ms. Fortlage's involvement in the community includes Founding Member/ past Chair for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards, retired national judge for Canadian Information Productivity Awards, Founding Member/ past Board Member of the CIO Association of Canada and it's Manitoba Chapter. Currently, she is Past President of the Manitoba Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada. She also currently holds the role of Board President of Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

Ms. Fortlage is well spoken and publicized with media, analysts and vendor clients and has presented in more than 150 events in 15 countries. In March 2014, 2015, 2016 Huffington Post named Ms. Fortlage to The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter list. 2016 CXO Talk Named Ms. Fortlage to 20 Most Influential CIO. 2016-2017 Ms. Fortlage named to Top 100 LBGT Executives and Financial Post.

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    Women's March Canada - Winnipeg March

    Women's March Canada - Winnipeg March acknowledges that we march on Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

    WE MARCH ~ in solidarity with women and human rights groups from across the world we will be marching to show that the progress made in 2017 was not enough. There is still so much work to do to protect and advance the rights of women, and the rights of all vulnerable citizens in our country. Together we march again!

    Women’s March Canada invites you to save the date for a timely conversation about women’s issues and practical tools for community organizing and lobbying in Winnipeg. 

    January 19, 2019 at 11am
    Manitoba Legislative Building
    450 Broadway
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 1S4
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    First, we marched. Now, we move forward.

    On January 21, 2017 thousands of Canadians, many of us waving signs and wearing pointy-eared pink hats, gathered in cities and towns across the country to show solidarity with the massive Women’s March in Washington.

    Women, and their allies, in Canada, came to march, speak and make our voices heard. But it doesn’t end here - now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes - it’s time to get our friends, family, and community together and make history.

    Today, our mission is to inspire, unite and lead the charge for the advancement of women across Canada. Our vision is to make equality of women in Canada the new norm.

    All dollars raised will support Women's March Canada efforts moving forward. At this time, Women's March Canada, while registered as a not for profit organization, is not a registered charity and we are unable to issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes.

    Our organization needs community support to keep going!

    Help us have consistent, year-round funding, donate monthly.

    Please march forward with us.