Recent highlights from the Driving WinTech tour

Driving WinTech Week in Review

Recent highlights from the Driving WinTech tour

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By Marwa Ridha

Our Driving WinTech team continued its trek across the country, passing through several cities in Ontario. After the Community Conversation in Waterloo we headed to Barrie and Toronto for more inspiring discussions on the state of women in tech. Here’s a recap of recent Community Conversations.

Barrie

On October 10 we were joined by panelists Christine Whone (Owner and Communication Designer of Actually, Chapter Lead of Barrie’s Ladies Learning Code), Krista LaRiviere (Co-Founder and CEO of gShift) and Marcia Woods (Co-Founder and CEO of FreshSpoke). Moderator Karen Dubeau, Director of Creative Economy at City of Barrie, led the conversation at Suiteworks Business Centre. The panel discussed the challenges they faced as women in tech and the need for more female role models. They stressed the importance of persistence and hard work regardless of gender. They also pointed out the differences between tech landscapes in the U.S. versus Canada. We thank Clearview Financial for sponsoring the event and Financial Horizons Group for providing the food. More thanks to community partners Creative Space, Georgian College and the City of Barrie.

Toronto

After Thanksgiving, the team made it to Toronto for another inspiring talk. Twitter Canada hosted and sponsored this this  Community Conversation. The panel consisted of Andrea Corey (VP of Product Development at Nudge Software Inc.), Dr. Rhea Mehta (Co-founder of Bowhead Health), and Charu Jaiswal (Machine Learning Scientist at Peak Power Energy). Dr. Sarah Saska, (Diversity Strategist and Co-founder of Feminuity) moderated the conversation, which focused on success and making it in tech. The women in this panel all came to tech from different backgrounds, but agreed that hard work, a curious mind and lots of practice can lead to success. Special thanks to community partners MaRS Discovery District, MoveTheDial and TechToronto.

Ottawa

Moderator John Reid, of CATA, learned from his grandchild that, “Sometimes it’s not about the winning, but more about the collaboration.” Panelists Sandra Saric, Sherry Finley and Haidee Thanda shared sage advice to their teen tech-loving selves:

  • Don’t let anyone question your heart
  • It’s important to be in a supportive environment and to have thick skin
  • Just show up

Thanks to host sponsor PageCloud and community sponsors BLG – Driven by Women, Impact Hub Ottawa and CATA.

Montreal

Montréal moderator Emma Williams joined panelists Beatrice Couture, Dr. Natalie Tufenkji and Soodeh Farokhi in confirming that Montréal’s start-up system is booming. They noted the proliferation of incubators, small companies and many resources, yet wondered why there remain few women founders. One reason might be a lack of female mentorship. The panel also noted differences in global cultures re: women working in tech. A shocking statistic: many women (sometimes up to 70%) can be found in senior tech roles in countries such as Iran. We’d like thank our host sponsor CENTECH, and community sponsors District 3 and XpertDoc,

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 for updates.

Can’t join us but want to contribute input to improve things for Canadian women in tech? Our survey is open to all.

Recent highlights from the Driving WinTech tour

Driving WinTech Week in Review

Recent highlights from the Driving WinTech tour

driving-wintech-events-series-community-conversation-montreal

By Marwa Ridha

Our Driving WinTech team continued its trek across the country, passing through several cities in Ontario. After the Community Conversation in Waterloo we headed to Barrie and Toronto for more inspiring discussions on the state of women in tech. Here’s a recap of recent Community Conversations.

Barrie

On October 10 we were joined by panelists Christine Whone (Owner and Communication Designer of Actually, Chapter Lead of Barrie’s Ladies Learning Code), Krista LaRiviere (Co-Founder and CEO of gShift) and Marcia Woods (Co-Founder and CEO of FreshSpoke). Moderator Karen Dubeau, Director of Creative Economy at City of Barrie, led the conversation at Suiteworks Business Centre. The panel discussed the challenges they faced as women in tech and the need for more female role models. They stressed the importance of persistence and hard work regardless of gender. They also pointed out the differences between tech landscapes in the U.S. versus Canada. We thank Clearview Financial for sponsoring the event and Financial Horizons Group for providing the food. More thanks to community partners Creative Space, Georgian College and the City of Barrie.

Toronto

After Thanksgiving, the team made it to Toronto for another inspiring talk. Twitter Canada hosted and sponsored this this  Community Conversation. The panel consisted of Andrea Corey (VP of Product Development at Nudge Software Inc.), Dr. Rhea Mehta (Co-founder of Bowhead Health), and Charu Jaiswal (Machine Learning Scientist at Peak Power Energy). Dr. Sarah Saska, (Diversity Strategist and Co-founder of Feminuity) moderated the conversation, which focused on success and making it in tech. The women in this panel all came to tech from different backgrounds, but agreed that hard work, a curious mind and lots of practice can lead to success. Special thanks to community partners MaRS Discovery District, MoveTheDial and TechToronto.

Ottawa

Moderator John Reid, of CATA, learned from his grandchild that, “Sometimes it’s not about the winning, but more about the collaboration.” Panelists Sandra Saric, Sherry Finley and Haidee Thanda shared sage advice to their teen tech-loving selves:

  • Don’t let anyone question your heart
  • It’s important to be in a supportive environment and to have thick skin
  • Just show up

Thanks to host sponsor PageCloud and community sponsors BLG – Driven by Women, Impact Hub Ottawa and CATA.

Montreal

Montréal moderator Emma Williams joined panelists Beatrice Couture, Dr. Natalie Tufenkji and Soodeh Farokhi in confirming that Montréal’s start-up system is booming. They noted the proliferation of incubators, small companies and many resources, yet wondered why there remain few women founders. One reason might be a lack of female mentorship. The panel also noted differences in global cultures re: women working in tech. A shocking statistic: many women (sometimes up to 70%) can be found in senior tech roles in countries such as Iran. We’d like thank our host sponsor CENTECH, and community sponsors District 3 and XpertDoc,

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 for updates.

Can’t join us but want to contribute input to improve things for Canadian women in tech? Our survey is open to all.

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.