What would our world be like if everyone was included?
Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day and learn what’s happening in our region to create a more inclusive and dynamic tech sector. Find out:
- What local companies are doing to change the ratio of women and minorities
- What’s working to attract and retain women in STEM
- How to uncover your own subconscious bias as a manager, co-worker and parent!
- Get inspired and armed with strategies for how your company, your community, and you can make a difference
Hear from a dynamic lineup of speakers:
- Dinah Davis, director of R&D at Arctic Wolf Networks and founder of code.likeagirl.io
- Alice Thomas, Chief Digital Technology Officer, Sun Life Financial
- Dinah Shi, Director, Women Who Code Waterloo
- Karen Schulman Dupuis, Business Designer, board member of Hive Waterloo Region
- Michelle DeBeyer, Human Resources Business Partner, Google
- Tony Brijpaul, co-founder, Miovision
- Mary Wells, ONWiE chair, Assoc. Dean of Outreach at University of Waterloo Engineering
- Vandana Juneja, Sr. Director, Catalyst Canada
Read Speaker Bios
Thank you to Sun Life Financial for sponsoring Year of Code Waterloo Region and making this event possible!
All seats are general admission.
This event has been updated with our finalized timeline. Please note:
*Speakers begin promptly at 6:45 PM
*The after-party now has a Facebook event – please RSVP!
The theatre is located down the stairs from the main entrance (turn left when you enter the main doors).
6:00pm: Registration and networking
6:45pm: Event begins
9:00pm: Continue the conversation at the After Party at TWH Social!
Hacienda Cafe is on the main floor of the library and will be open if you wish to grab a snack, coffee or tea to bring in the theatre. They also carry a small selection of salads and wraps. Just turn right inside the front doors. Outside food and drink IS permitted in the library and the theatre.
There is FREE street parking and in the outside lot on the far side of the library after 6pm. You can leave your car in the lot and come to the after party (2.5 blocks walk), too. Underground parking is also available at city lot rates.
The library is an easy walk from the Charles St Terminal, or the #8 bus stops right outside on Queen Street.
The library offers free WiFi and attendees are encouraged to share the experience over social media. Please use #ChangeTheRatioWR and @YoCWR in your posts so we can amplify your voices!
Dinah Davis — Founder of code.likeagirl.io and Director of R&D at Arctic Wolf Networks. She is a strong advocate for women in tech and has written several articles on Medium.com about what we can do to amplify women’s voices and increase gender representation. [https://medium.com/@dinah_davis] Read our Q&A with Dinah
Alice Thomas — Chief Digital Technology Officer at Sun Life. Alice joined Sun Life in 2007 and has over 30 years of experience in technology, the last 20 years focused on digital solutions. In her current role she is responsible for technology enablement of the company’s digital strategies globally. A passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Alice is actively involved in promoting the advancement of women and youth, including spearheading mentorship programs. Read our Q&A with Alice Thomas.
Dinah Shi — Director of Women Who Code Waterloo and creator of the KW Diversity Report. Dinah is a student at the University of Waterloo who has worked in software engineering at Yelp, Addepar, and Blackberry. She is passionate about engaging and connecting men and women in industry to build a supportive network of strong technical women, people of colour, and allies. Having seen the scarcity of gender and racial diversity in Silicon Valley, Dinah hopes to help instill the value of diversity and inclusion early on in Waterloo Region’s fast growing tech community. Read our Q&A with Dinah.
Karen Schulman Dupuis — A member of the Board of Directors for Hive Waterloo Region, Karen is an intrapreneur and an award-winning communicator who has worked with start-ups and entrepreneurs in the field of ICT (information, communications and technology). Karen previously held business development and digital communication manager roles with the ICT Venture Services Group at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. She is also an “Ask an Expert” contributor to Arlene Dickinson’s YouInc community.
Michelle DeBeyer — Human Resources Business Partner at Google. Michelle DeBeyer has over 15 years experience working as an HR Business partner with local high tech companies including Google, RIM and Sybase. She graduated from the University of Waterloo; and has completed The Advanced Program in Human Resources Management from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business. As a generalist, she has a wide spectrum of knowledge of HR issues with an expertise in working directly with technology professionals. Michelle has most recently been at Google for 4.5 years as Human Resources Business Partner for Canada Tech- and has recently taken a leadership role supporting the Chicago office. She has three daughters, a dog, and a husband who works at a local start-up. Find out what Michelle has learned about bias in this Q&A.
Anthony Brijpaul — Co-founder of Miovision and is currently responsible for the direction of the company’s sales activities. Mr. Brijpaul is an alumni of the SHAD program(1999) and graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering (2004). Previously, he has held positions at Miovision in Engineering, Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Product Management and Marketing. Anthony shares his motivation in this Q&A.
Mary Wells — Associate Dean of Outreach and Professor with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, and current chair of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE). Mary is well known as an engineering researcher and a champion of increasing female representation in the field of Metals, Mining and Metallurgy. She recently co-chaired the Women of Impact Symposium on this topic.
Vandana Juneja — Vandana is a Senior Director at Catalyst Canada. She manages relationships with Catalyst’s supporter companies in Canada, coaching members of the Canadian business community on strategies to advance women into leadership and to create more inclusive workplaces where all diverse groups can thrive. Vandana also sits on Catalyst’s Diversity & Inclusion Action Committee, Employee Resource Group Issues Specialty Team, and Catalyst Canada Honours Evaluation Committee. She is a frequent speaker on a broad range of topics including: taking charge of your career, high potentials in the pipeline, biases/stereotypes and inclusive leadership, mentoring/sponsorship, engaging men in inclusion, and women on boards.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Vandana worked as a manager in the Global Diversity and Inclusion groups of two Canadian banks and prior to that, practiced law. In pursuing her passion for empowering women, she has also worked as a Research Associate for the Pay Equity Task Force (Department of Justice) in Ottawa, and travelled to Vietnam with an NGO in partnership with the University of Toronto to evaluate and report back on a micro-finance project designed to help women living in poverty to understand and enter the mainstream banking system.