Here’s what happened last week on the Driving WinTech tour

Driving WinTech Week in Review

Here’s what happened last week on the Driving Wintech tour

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By Marwa Ridha

The Driving WinTech tour continued last week as we made our way around Ontario, stopping at Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Waterloo. As we ventured across the province we had the chance to explore the landscape then sit down with inspiring women to discuss the state of local women in tech. Here’s what we learned in this week’s Community Conversations.

Sault Ste. Marie

We began in Sault Ste. Marie at the Grand Gardens, a wonderful venue provided by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC). We were joined by Linda Clargo of OLG, app creator Marie Alexander, Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of Heuristext and 60 members from the community. The panelists spoke about the importance of confidence, encouraging women to speak up and not be afraid to expose themselves to different ideas. They also talked about the value of learning about oneself. A big thank you goes out to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) for providing the food for our event.

Sudbury

Our next Community Conversation was held at NORCAT, in Sudbury. Melanie Morin, CEO of StaffStat and Kelly Scott, co-owner and GM of Barrydowne Paint joined the panel and provided some tips for women working in the tech space. Kelly told all to stay true to their vision and not give up, while Melanie advised women to take advantage of their intuition. Both agreed the tech economy in Sudbury is booming. Thank you to TimeHero for providing the food, and to our community partners, Regional Business Centre, Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, PARO Centre and the Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury for their support.

Waterloo

Later that week we went to Velocity Start, at the University of Waterloo. Moderator Dan Mathers was joined by panelists Angelique Mohring, Lara Swift, Ruth Casselman, and Brenda Halloran, who discussed sexism in the tech industry. The issues raised dealt with pay equity and the challenges women faced in the industry, including a lack of funding. The panelists urged women to speak up for themselves and go out and get what they want. Thank you to Velocity for the venue and CommuniTech for the refreshments.

All in all, it was an engaging and uplifting week for everyone.

Want to know where we’ll be on the road or if we’re coming to a community near you? Check out our events page and social media channel for the latest updates. Not able to get to one of our Community Conversations? No problem, you can still have your voice heard in our survey.

Here’s what happened last week on the Driving WinTech tour

Driving WinTech Week in Review

Here’s what happened last week on the Driving Wintech tour

driving-wintech-events-series-community-conversation-sault-ste-marie

By Marwa Ridha

The Driving WinTech tour continued last week as we made our way around Ontario, stopping at Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Waterloo. As we ventured across the province we had the chance to explore the landscape then sit down with inspiring women to discuss the state of local women in tech. Here’s what we learned in this week’s Community Conversations.

Sault Ste. Marie

We began in Sault Ste. Marie at the Grand Gardens, a wonderful venue provided by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC). We were joined by Linda Clargo of OLG, app creator Marie Alexander, Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of Heuristext and 60 members from the community. The panelists spoke about the importance of confidence, encouraging women to speak up and not be afraid to expose themselves to different ideas. They also talked about the value of learning about oneself. A big thank you goes out to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) for providing the food for our event.

Sudbury

Our next Community Conversation was held at NORCAT, in Sudbury. Melanie Morin, CEO of StaffStat and Kelly Scott, co-owner and GM of Barrydowne Paint joined the panel and provided some tips for women working in the tech space. Kelly told all to stay true to their vision and not give up, while Melanie advised women to take advantage of their intuition. Both agreed the tech economy in Sudbury is booming. Thank you to TimeHero for providing the food, and to our community partners, Regional Business Centre, Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, PARO Centre and the Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury for their support.

Waterloo

Later that week we went to Velocity Start, at the University of Waterloo. Moderator Dan Mathers was joined by panelists Angelique Mohring, Lara Swift, Ruth Casselman, and Brenda Halloran, who discussed sexism in the tech industry. The issues raised dealt with pay equity and the challenges women faced in the industry, including a lack of funding. The panelists urged women to speak up for themselves and go out and get what they want. Thank you to Velocity for the venue and CommuniTech for the refreshments.

All in all, it was an engaging and uplifting week for everyone.

Want to know where we’ll be on the road or if we’re coming to a community near you? Check out our events page and social media channel for the latest updates. Not able to get to one of our Community Conversations? No problem, you can still have your voice heard in our survey.

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.