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Driving WinTech Community Conversation Recap - Calgary

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By Shahbano Zaman

The Driving WinTech Community Conversation in Calgary was held at the Global Business Centre and made possible by its sponsors: Volition, District Ventures and Startup Calgary. Moderator Jenn Delconte, Community Manager at Startup Canada, had the panelists introduce themselves with two minute pitches on why their story is compelling and what they hoped the audience takes away from their stories. Additional questions to the panel included:

  • What experiences led you to your career today?
  • How do you ensure your voice is heard in the tech community?
  • What keeps you up at night as you develop your career?
  • What support did you have growing your career in the tech industry?
  • What’s one thing you know today that you wish you’d known earlier?

Katie Peterson, Software Developer at AimSio, started as a chemical engineer in the US who relocated after marrying her Canadian husband. While looking for employment in Calgary she quickly discovered she would have to retrain. After a period of exploration, she chose to learn coding which then led to her current job. She stated that presently there is much focus on Calgary’s tech sector, which creates an exciting opportunity for those involved to drive and shape its culture. More personally, she wants to help steer it to a future where it works for women. As one driven to make a difference, she takes on opportunities that come her way. She advised those transitioning between careers that the effort they put into their self-exploration defines them more than where they end up.   

Kylie Woods, Founder and Executive Director of Chic Geek, describes herself as a nontechnical person building a community with and for women in tech and entrepreneurship. She hopes that people view Calgary as a place where “you can do whatever you want.” Upon stumbling into the tech ecosystem she was drawn to its energy and talent. Navigating the field as a young woman was intimidating, and she felt that there must be other women who shared her experience, which lead her to start her nonprofit organization. She remarked that it took four years for her to feel like she belonged in the field. Developing confidence has been a personal challenge for her although her supportive husband, team and community partners helped her tremendously. As a recovering perfectionist she worries about the details of her work. She advised to “Take someone else along for the ride.” as lending a hand to elevate others creates amazing culture and community.

Chett Matchett, Director of Business Innovation ATB Financial, has strong ambitions including transforming the banking industry and empowering her team to achieve great goals. Having always loved building, creating and solving complex problems she was led to entrepreneurship and continues to push herself to grow every day. She made it a point to surround herself with a supportive network including her partner, influencers and mentors who listen to and elevated her. She encouraged the audience to embrace their vulnerability as openness and honesty allowed her to empower others.  

Stay tuned for recommendations in a future blog series!

The Driving WinTech Tour talks to Calgary

Driving WinTech Event Recaps

Driving WinTech Community Conversation Recap - Calgary

Cal3a

By Shahbano Zaman

The Driving WinTech Community Conversation in Calgary was held at the Global Business Centre and made possible by its sponsors: Volition, District Ventures and Startup Calgary. Moderator Jenn Delconte, Community Manager at Startup Canada, had the panelists introduce themselves with two minute pitches on why their story is compelling and what they hoped the audience takes away from their stories. Additional questions to the panel included:

  • What experiences led you to your career today?
  • How do you ensure your voice is heard in the tech community?
  • What keeps you up at night as you develop your career?
  • What support did you have growing your career in the tech industry?
  • What’s one thing you know today that you wish you’d known earlier?

Katie Peterson, Software Developer at AimSio, started as a chemical engineer in the US who relocated after marrying her Canadian husband. While looking for employment in Calgary she quickly discovered she would have to retrain. After a period of exploration, she chose to learn coding which then led to her current job. She stated that presently there is much focus on Calgary’s tech sector, which creates an exciting opportunity for those involved to drive and shape its culture. More personally, she wants to help steer it to a future where it works for women. As one driven to make a difference, she takes on opportunities that come her way. She advised those transitioning between careers that the effort they put into their self-exploration defines them more than where they end up.   

Kylie Woods, Founder and Executive Director of Chic Geek, describes herself as a nontechnical person building a community with and for women in tech and entrepreneurship. She hopes that people view Calgary as a place where “you can do whatever you want.” Upon stumbling into the tech ecosystem she was drawn to its energy and talent. Navigating the field as a young woman was intimidating, and she felt that there must be other women who shared her experience, which lead her to start her nonprofit organization. She remarked that it took four years for her to feel like she belonged in the field. Developing confidence has been a personal challenge for her although her supportive husband, team and community partners helped her tremendously. As a recovering perfectionist she worries about the details of her work. She advised to “Take someone else along for the ride.” as lending a hand to elevate others creates amazing culture and community.

Chett Matchett, Director of Business Innovation ATB Financial, has strong ambitions including transforming the banking industry and empowering her team to achieve great goals. Having always loved building, creating and solving complex problems she was led to entrepreneurship and continues to push herself to grow every day. She made it a point to surround herself with a supportive network including her partner, influencers and mentors who listen to and elevated her. She encouraged the audience to embrace their vulnerability as openness and honesty allowed her to empower others.  

Stay tuned for recommendations in a future blog series!

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.