January 22/23, 2016
CAN-CWiC 2016 will unite technical women from across Canada for networking, mentoring and planning for Canada's technical future. The conference will inspire women at all points in their careers - from first year students to senior technical women with years of industrial experience. The career fair will provide an excellent opportunity for companies to recruit technical talent from across Canada.
The conference is an amalgamation of three very successful Canadian ACM-W Celebrations; ONCWIC, the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing (2010-2014), PNW-CWIC, the Pacific Northwest Celebration (2014) and ACCWIC, the Atlantic Canada Celebration (2012).
The inaugural national Canadian Celebration will be held in Ottawa, the Nation's Capital, in January 2016.
I will be on the Entrepreneurial Women: Challenges and Successes Panel on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:15pm
Is an accidental entrepreneur who helped co-found the Education Technology company Alieo Games. She recently graduated with her PhD in Computer Science and spent her fall in Silicon Valley participating in the startup accelerator Imagine K12. At the moment, she is actively looking for new opportunities - hopefully within EdTech and likely with a small startup.
Is the Co-founder and Co-director of the University of Toronto's DCSIL (Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab). She is a lecturer at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Computer Science where she teaches lean startup methodologies, entrepreneurship, UX, CX, design and business innovation. She is on the University of Toronto/IBM Watson teaching team. Additionally, Helen is the Co-founder and Director of GLOBAL SMARTWEEK, an Internet of Things and machine intelligence conference and learning series based in Toronto.
Irene is passionate about leveraging technology to improve the healthcare system and our personal health. Currently she is the Director of Marketing at PetalMD, the leading Canadian medical scheduling software. For the past 3 years Irene has led the Hacking Health Montreal chapter and has driven global expansion for the non-for-profit. Her entrepreneurial journey started a decade ago leading technical and marketing teams in various industries such as the healthcare, internet, and eCommerce. Irene has an B.Sc in Computer Science from University of Western Ontario and studied Bioinformatics at University of McGill.
Diane Reader Jones
Diane “ started as a Systems Engineer with IBM in Calgary, quickly progressed to the IBM Lab in Toronto, then married and moved to Winnipeg to work as a Systems Analyst to design the new U of M Payroll System, and on to Manitoba Data Services after the strike at U of M. Then [she] heard about microcomputers in ’78 and became the first woman Franchisee in the International ComputerLand Network when [she] opened ComputerLand Burlington in ’79. With the help of [her] husband, we grew that into 7 stores in <7 years, which made [them] the largest singly-owned group of ComputerLand Stores in the world (the few larger had multiple owners)”. She “served as the Canadian rep. on the ComputerLand International Software Selection Committee, which tested and choose which software products [they’d] sell around the world, and on the ComputerLand International Advisory Committee (to the President)”. Diane is the president of PromoLand, where they consult in most cost-effective way to grow your business, charity, team, or educational institution successfully, and to recruit, reward, incent and develop your staff, volunteers, or supporters. Also, she is the president of LaserLand from 1988, where they Championed the introduction of Home Theatre and Laser Video in Canada in several LaserLand stores. Championed the introduction of DVD's into Canada. Became known as Canada's "Karaoke Queen" as carried the largest selection of Karaoke music and equipment in Canada. Publisher and Editor of "The Source" Home Theatre and Karaoke magazine for 19 years. Now mostly wound down and selling off remaining Karaoke products online.