Canadian WinTech Resource Series

Community Spotlight: Waterloo and Toronto

Support, education and networking organizations offering resources for women in technology and tech-enabled fields in the Waterloo and Toronto areas.

We help navigate the tech ecosystem in Canada by curating resources to help and support women in tech. This installation focuses on Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario.

Waterloo

Waterloo is a bustling city of 134,600 people. This diverse community has a vibrant culture and strong economic base. It is also one of the fastest-growing tech markets in Canada. Over the past five years, they’ve had Canada’s largest increase in new tech jobs. It’s a good time to be in the tech industry in Waterloo! Here are some of the region’s resources.

Tech resources and support in Waterloo:

(Women in Technology group in) Communitech: Aims to help tech companies succeed – from start-ups to large global companies – through supporting, fostering, and celebrating. Communitech mantra is simple and strong: “Help tech companies start, grow and succeed.”

Women in Technology Quarterly Breakfast Meetup: This Meetup is to discuss the barriers that women at technology companies face and provides an opportunity to share insight, ideas and best practices, while fueling up for the day.

Women in Computer Science Undergraduate Committee: This initiative is run by students, for women in computer science. The goal of the group is to support the success of women through mentorship, networking opportunities and education.

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber is focused on networking, education, member rewards, and advocacy for entrepreneurial business communities.

Women Powering Technology: This organization creates encouraging environments for women in technology through support and empowerment. Members gain insight through networking opportunities, skill-development workshops and webinars.

Toronto

Just 450 kilometres southwest of the country’s capital of Ottawa. Toronto is Canada’s largest city, with a population of approximately 2.8 million people. This bustling and dynamic metropolis offers the iconic CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Niagara Falls. It also offers growth in technology since it’s the largest hub of technology-focused businesses in Canada.

Tech resources and support in Toronto:

Women in Technology International: Women in Technology International empowers women in business and technology through programs and partnerships providing connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: The Ontario Chamber is considered the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario businesses. Their goal is to support growth by defending
business priorities on behalf of its members.

Women In Technology Meetup: This meetup is designed to bring together women in tech for casual monthly sessions. The goal is to share knowledge and encourage others in a supportive and collaborative manner.

Toronto Women Who Code: Through empowerment, education, networking, and developing role models, Women Who Code inspires women to excel in technology.

Girl Geeks Toronto: This non-profit organization makes tech more accessible to women
through networking and educational talks from digital leaders.

Toronto Women in Science and Technology: Also known as TWiST, the
group promotes women in science, engineering, and technology through networking,
events and encouragement.

Canadian WinTech Resource Series

Community Spotlight: Waterloo and Toronto

Support, education and networking organizations offering resources for women in technology and tech-enabled fields in the Waterloo and Toronto areas.

We help navigate the tech ecosystem in Canada by curating resources to help and support women in tech. This installation focuses on Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario.

Waterloo

Waterloo is a bustling city of 134,600 people. This diverse community has a vibrant culture and strong economic base. It is also one of the fastest-growing tech markets in Canada. Over the past five years, they’ve had Canada’s largest increase in new tech jobs. It’s a good time to be in the tech industry in Waterloo! Here are some of the region’s resources.

Tech resources and support in Waterloo:

(Women in Technology group in) Communitech: Aims to help tech companies succeed – from start-ups to large global companies – through supporting, fostering, and celebrating. Communitech mantra is simple and strong: “Help tech companies start, grow and succeed.”

Women in Technology Quarterly Breakfast Meetup: This Meetup is to discuss the barriers that women at technology companies face and provides an opportunity to share insight, ideas and best practices, while fueling up for the day.

Women in Computer Science Undergraduate Committee: This initiative is run by students, for women in computer science. The goal of the group is to support the success of women through mentorship, networking opportunities and education.

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber is focused on networking, education, member rewards, and advocacy for entrepreneurial business communities.

Women Powering Technology: This organization creates encouraging environments for women in technology through support and empowerment. Members gain insight through networking opportunities, skill-development workshops and webinars.

Toronto

Just 450 kilometres southwest of the country’s capital of Ottawa. Toronto is Canada’s largest city, with a population of approximately 2.8 million people. This bustling and dynamic metropolis offers the iconic CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Niagara Falls. It also offers growth in technology since it’s the largest hub of technology-focused businesses in Canada.

Tech resources and support in Toronto:

Women in Technology International: Women in Technology International empowers women in business and technology through programs and partnerships providing connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: The Ontario Chamber is considered the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario businesses. Their goal is to support growth by defending
business priorities on behalf of its members.

Women In Technology Meetup: This meetup is designed to bring together women in tech for casual monthly sessions. The goal is to share knowledge and encourage others in a supportive and collaborative manner.

Toronto Women Who Code: Through empowerment, education, networking, and developing role models, Women Who Code inspires women to excel in technology.

Girl Geeks Toronto: This non-profit organization makes tech more accessible to women
through networking and educational talks from digital leaders.

Toronto Women in Science and Technology: Also known as TWiST, the
group promotes women in science, engineering, and technology through networking,
events and encouragement.

Everyone knows that we are living in an increasingly tech-enabled world. Not surprisingly, this is reflected in the number of jobs that are now available in the tech industry. The problem is, while the Computer Science workforce has grown by 60% since 1991, the percentage of young women going into the industry has declined (Stats Canada 2011). This needs to change.