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Driving WinTech's Community Conversation in Sudbury

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By Shahbano Zaman

Driving WinTech arrived in Greater Sudbury for a Community Conversation held at NORCAT. The panel included Melanie Morin, CEO and President of StaffStat and Kelly Scott, Co-owner and General Manager of Barrydowne Paint. The panel was moderated by Hailey Short, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Greater Sudbury Airport.

Questions to the panel included:

  • Thoughts on the current state of the tech ecosystem in Sudbury?
  • How did you get started in tech?
  • What was your biggest learning opportunity?
  • What resources have you encountered in your career?
  • What is the greatest advantage of being a women in tech?
  • What advice you would give to women in tech?

Kelly shared her perspective from the paint industry. Her independent company embraces technology for marketing and customer engagement so they can compete with larger companies. They envision creating digital tools like chat bot paint experts, to make it easier for people to interact with their brand. Kelly’s greatest learning opportunity was the moment she realized the company was DYI-ing it since they couldn’t afford to hire staff, so had to rely on existing members. She noted that mentorship can be non-formal and as ad hoc as simply picking up the phone to ask a quick question. Finally, she advised to stay true to your vision and not give up because over time no can turn into yes. 

Melanie Morin entered the tech industry while working for Sheri Tomchick, when they realized the need for an automated messaging system. With nothing fitting available in the market, they had a local developer code their vision. That tool gained popularity and soon StaffStat began, with Sheri as Founder and Melanie the CEO. Melanie said, “Running a start-up is the best education you can never buy. You’re forced to learn an array of skills very quickly.” She thought the growth in Sudbury’s tech ecosystem can be attributed to its funding support, mentorship opportunities and connections. She reassured that being while a women in tech meant being underestimated at times, it also draws attention. She advised women to take advantage of their inherent intuition and to, “Never dull your shine.”

Sudbury’s tech community is booming, and we enjoyed our time there. Driving WinTech thanks NORCAT for providing us our venue, TimeHero for donating food and beverages. Thanks to community partners: Regional Business Centre, Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, PARO Centre and the Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury. Finally, a big thank you to everyone that came out to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences.

Stay tuned for more recommendations in future blog series!

The Driving WinTech Tour talks to Sudbury

Driving WinTech Event Recaps

Driving WinTech's Community Conversation in Sudbury

Sud3b
Sud2a

By Shahbano Zaman

Driving WinTech arrived in Greater Sudbury for a Community Conversation held at NORCAT. The panel included Melanie Morin, CEO and President of StaffStat and Kelly Scott, Co-owner and General Manager of Barrydowne Paint. The panel was moderated by Hailey Short, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Greater Sudbury Airport.

Questions to the panel included:

  • Thoughts on the current state of the tech ecosystem in Sudbury?
  • How did you get started in tech?
  • What was your biggest learning opportunity?
  • What resources have you encountered in your career?
  • What is the greatest advantage of being a women in tech?
  • What advice you would give to women in tech?

Kelly shared her perspective from the paint industry. Her independent company embraces technology for marketing and customer engagement so they can compete with larger companies. They envision creating digital tools like chat bot paint experts, to make it easier for people to interact with their brand. Kelly’s greatest learning opportunity was the moment she realized the company was DYI-ing it since they couldn’t afford to hire staff, so had to rely on existing members. She noted that mentorship can be non-formal and as ad hoc as simply picking up the phone to ask a quick question. Finally, she advised to stay true to your vision and not give up because over time no can turn into yes.

Melanie Morin entered the tech industry while working for Sheri Tomchick, when they realized the need for an automated messaging system. With nothing fitting available in the market, they had a local developer code their vision. That tool gained popularity and soon StaffStat began, with Sheri as Founder and Melanie the CEO. Melanie said, “Running a start-up is the best education you can never buy. You’re forced to learn an array of skills very quickly.” She thought the growth in Sudbury’s tech ecosystem can be attributed to its funding support, mentorship opportunities and connections. She reassured that being while a women in tech meant being underestimated at times, it also draws attention. She advised women to take advantage of their inherent intuition and to, “Never dull your shine.”

Sudbury’s tech community is booming, and we enjoyed our time there. Driving WinTech thanks NORCAT for providing us our venue, TimeHero for donating food and beverages. Thanks to community partners: Regional Business Centre, Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, PARO Centre and the Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury. Finally, a big thank you to everyone that came out to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences.

Stay tuned for more recommendations in 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.