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Tuesday, January 28
 

10:00am PST

Debiasing AI In A Changing World: Ethics, Data & Technology in AI — Sponsored by Northeastern University Vancouver — Room #1500
Limited Capacity seats available

Artificial Intelligence (AI) drives much of the digital world around us and data fuels this technology. However, as advancements in AI accelerate there is a profound impact on society (for example, self-driving cars) and conversations around data ethics need to keep pace. Join our panel where we will dive into how AI can amplify biases currently occurring in our societies and what researchers can do to debias their algorithms.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Eccles

Steve Eccles

Regional CEO and Dean, Northeastern University

Speakers
avatar for PIYALI DEY

PIYALI DEY

Program Manager, Cloud Developer Relations, Microsoft
Piyali lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is a computer scientist by training, and community activist by passion. Before starting at Microsoft as a regional program manager for the AI and Cloud Developer Relations team in Canada, she spent several years working in enterprise companies... Read More →
avatar for Srishti Yadav

Srishti Yadav

Graduate Researcher, SFU
Srishti Yadav is a graduate researcher at Simon Fraser University, Canada where she works at the intersection of computer vision and ML. She is an open source contributor for TensorFLow, one of the largest open-source library for machine learning. She is also a maintainer of Vancouver’s... Read More →
avatar for Krista Richmond

Krista Richmond

Director, Digital Innovation & Partnerships, Technical Safety BC
Results driven leader of technology driven transformation and implementation of corporate innovation programs.
avatar for Kiana Mohseni

Kiana Mohseni

Senior Director of Software Development, Hootsuite
Kiana Mohseni is a senior technologist with over 20 years of leadership in delivering large scale software products from satellite mission planning systems to video games. Kiana is currently Senior Director of Software Development at Hootsuite, leading 3 global engineering teams working... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

10:00am PST

Diversity by Design: Including Immigrants and Women of Color in Tech — Sponsored by Finger Food Advanced Technology Group — Room #1200
Limited Capacity filling up

Traditional organizational gender diversity efforts often ignore women of color. Through personal stories and data, our panel will illustrate what we're missing when existing conversations around diversity and inclusion in tech leave out women of color. We will explore the experiences of immigrants, newcomers and people of varying cultural backgrounds as they navigate the rapid currents of the tech industry. We will propose ideas on how to best harness diversity and effectively include women of color and immigrants in your organizations.

Moderators
avatar for Khristine Carino

Khristine Carino

Career Advisor/Mentorship Specialist, YWCA Tech Connect
I am a champion and mentor for moms relaunching careers who have taken time off for childcare. Talk to me about career transitions, strategic volunteering and job leads in BC tech!

Speakers
avatar for Jill Binder

Jill Binder

Founder & CEO, diversein.tech
Jill Binder is the leader of the Diverse Speaker Training group in the WordPress.org Community Team (with a 50% sponsorship from Automattic). This group encourages folks from underrepresented groups to speak at WordPress events. She takes this impactful work to other tech conferences... Read More →
avatar for Sweta Rajan

Sweta Rajan

Founder | Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Practitioner, Inclusion Advantage Consulting
Sweta envisions a world where diverse voices are valued equally. She is a dynamic and engaging speaker, facilitator, and coach who invites her audience to examine their perspective by authentically sharing her personal journey.After a decade as a scientist, in 2015, she repurposed her... Read More →
avatar for Patrick MacKenzie

Patrick MacKenzie

CEO, Immigrant Employment Council of BC
Patrick MacKenzie is the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He has made a career of public service from coast to coast, working in policy and program areas aimed at supporting many of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through economic and social development as well... Read More →
avatar for Faribah Pacheleh

Faribah Pacheleh

Director, Corporate PMO (Project Management Office), BC Liquor Distribution Branch
For many years now, Fariba Pacheleh has been actively advocating for diversity, inclusion and equity in the Tech Industry and other fields. A National Leader of the Gender Equality Network Canada working with a pan-Canadian network of 150 women leaders, Fariba has been a key contributor... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

10:00am PST

True Allyship Starts With You — Sponsored by Hootsuite — Room #2800
Limited Capacity filling up

Our all male panel will discuss how True Allyship is not defined by intent, but by impact. They will discuss this leading question as we dive into the concept of privilege, our unconscious biases, and why intent can only go so far. They will share the barriers they face, how they overcame them and provide advice on how you can act with impact as an ally every day, in the workplace and beyond.

Moderators
avatar for Terri Griffith

Terri Griffith

Keith Beedie Chair in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, SFU
I’m a relative newcomer to Vancouver, joining SFU in 2019 as the Keith Beedie Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I spent two decades in the Silicon Valley and was honoured as a 2012 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. I serve on the advisory boards... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Manu Varma

Manu Varma

VP Alliances and Friends of Traction; SME HR, Traction on Demand
Manu has spent over 20 years in the HR field, working in Canada, the US, Hong Kong and Paris.  He has a passion for technology and people, and helped grow Traction on Demand to over 500 people.  Today, he plays a dual role as the Principal Strategist, People and Culture, and also... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Edwards

Christopher Edwards

Senior Product Manager, SEDNA Systems
20 years ago, in my high-school yearbook bio I wrote “it’s the people that mattered”. In a new context, I still believe it’s the people that matter for results. Getting results both for themselves and what we strive for together for the world is how I define success. Let’s... Read More →
avatar for Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon

Account Manager, TEKsystems
Chris Gordon is an Account Manager with TEKsystems Digital, the leading tech recruitment firm in North America. In his role he gets to meet and support the careers of many talented technologists in the Vancouver tech scene. Chris is passionate about building diverse and inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Alex McRoberts

Alex McRoberts

Software Development Manager, Hootsuite
Alex McRoberts is a Software Development Manager at Hootsuite, managing teams in Vancouver and Rome in the Social Selling and Employee Advocacy space. Alex has previously worked in various roles across a range of hardware and software companies from smart homes, to smart glasses... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

10:00am PST

Jumping Ship: Nontraditional Career Paths To Software Development — Sponsored by Clio — Room #2300
Limited Capacity seats available

Nontraditional career paths are common in the workplace and technical roles are no exception to that. Our panel from all ports of life will share their nontraditional career paths to becoming software developers, advise on tools to practice your skills and share frameworks for growth and development. Don’t worry though – our panel isn’t strictly for software developers – we encourage all technical career seekers to attend! 

Moderators
avatar for Kyle Young

Kyle Young

Lead Developer, Unbounce
Kyle is a lead developer and the data engineering lead at Unbounce. He is an advocate for team growth and education, as well as dev and team driven culture and practices. Kyle is also an organizer for DevOpsDays Vancouver, and Polyglot Unconference, and runs a non-profit for tech... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jade Tong

Jade Tong

Software Engineer, MotionHall
Jade graduated from UBC with a BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics in 2008 and a MSc in Neuroscience in 2010. Post-graduation, she worked in academic research at UBC, the University of Calgary, and the BC Cancer Agency, as well as a tutor for various agencies before she enrolled in a... Read More →
avatar for Nina Boosheri

Nina Boosheri

Junior Full Stack Developer, Fresh Prep
Frontend Web Developer with a demonstrated history of working in technology and the arts. Skilled in Full-Stack Development, Technical Support, and Theatre. Graduated from SFU and CodeCore Developer Bootcamp.
avatar for Aiste Ulozaite

Aiste Ulozaite

Software Developer / Team Lead, Jostle
As a software developer I work with Java language on daily basis and do not miss an opportunity to explore and play with other languages and frameworks - Ruby (Ruby on Rails), JavaScript (React), Swift and lately TypeScript.With an aim of pushing my leadership capabilities in the... Read More →
avatar for Paige Meekison

Paige Meekison

Through each position I’ve had, I’ve built a lifetime of leadership learning - from my early days as an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserve to more recent opportunities managing people towards growth and conquering their goals. I find it endlessly rewarding to help unlock potential... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

Successfully Steer Your Career In Tech Without Manager Duties – Workshop Sponsored by Clio — Room #2300
Limited Capacity seats available

For many in the software industry, the path to a successful career leads into management. But like many, your passion may lie in coding and crafting software. The good news is that you can pursue the technical track and forge a successful career doing what you love. Come learn how to progress in your career without the managing aspect. Where you will be able to identify career growth opportunities, hone your skills, develop technical leadership, and be committed to life-long learning.

Speakers
avatar for David Mills

David Mills

Senior Software Developer, Clio
David Mills wanted to be a marine biologist when he grew up. He went to university, got a PhD in marine biology. Then he grew up and became a software developer. He has been paid to write code for more years than he cares to mention and has successfully avoided becoming a manager... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

Becoming a Lifeguard in a Toxic Environment — Room #2800
Limited Capacity filling up

The toxic workplace is now the 5th largest cause of death. From Brilliant Jerks to workplace bullies, it's becoming harder to manage our energy and emotions in a hazardous and stormy environment. In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss how to support others starting with ourselves including how to identify toxic behaviours, what to do to create a safer and healthy workplace, and practical strategies to build and strengthen personal and team resilience. Get ready to become a Lifeguard for you and your team members.

Speakers
avatar for Lorie Corcuera

Lorie Corcuera

Co-Founder, SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Over the past 20 years, Lorie has cultivated her people and culture development, community... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

Leadership Starts With You — Sponsored by Best Buy — Room #1500
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership styles differ based on your background, past experiences and future envisions. Learn from vastly difference leaders on how they've navigated rough waters, let out the sails to capture momentum and drop anchor when necessary. And learn how to channel the inner leader in you!



Moderators
avatar for Tiffany Elsener

Tiffany Elsener

Transformative Learning Designer, NorthWild Leadership
Gleaning from education and learning through institutions including McGill University, Cornell University and Co-Active Training Institute, Tiffany has shared her approach of inspirational leadership over the last decade of working in operational management roles in events and luxury... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Beddiaf

Elizabeth Beddiaf

Agile Coach, Best Buy
Elizabeth is an Agile Coach at Best Buy Canada where she leads through influence, collaboration and coaching.She connects the dots across departments, disciplines and teams (from senior leadership to communities of practice to development) to reach their maximum potential and deliver... Read More →
avatar for Geoff Ayi-Bonte

Geoff Ayi-Bonte

Leadership & Organization Development Consultant, New History Consulting Inc.
I own and operate New History Consulting Inc. as a personal and professional development facilitator.My practice focuses on creating positive transformations to improve experiences, to empower and to give deeper purpose to actions.As an Organization Development Consultant and Registered... Read More →
avatar for elan Bailey

elan Bailey

Founder, Leadership Coach and Organization Development Consultant, UpLevel Leadership Academy
Elan's passion is developing people, teams and organizations that thrive. As a small business growth advisor with Cultivate Advisors, she works with entrepreneurs who are mission-driven, women-owned and people-focused to help take your business to the next level.She has 10 years experience... Read More →
avatar for Daleth Hildebrand

Daleth Hildebrand

Senior Program Manager, Hootsuite
Daleth is software leader who has tackled many different roles: software development manager, program manager, developer advocate, project manager, change agent. She is a fierce supporter of team building, diversity in technology, and dev culture. Daleth is currently a force-multiplier... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

Swimming With Big Tech: Learn From Recruiters — Sponsored by Hootsuite — Room #1200
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Enjoy a panel of professional recruiters from big technology companies. Listen to their insights and reflections from the recruiter's lens on: What makes a great candidate, whether application portals still work in 2020, things they wish candidates knew more often to do, ways we should be considering the impact of Applicant Tracking Systems on resumes, and a discussion of trends in recruiting at big tech companies. Invaluable breakout sessions included, each small group moderated by a professional who can add value to this important discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Nguyen

Lisa Nguyen

Technical Recruiter, Hootsuite

Speakers
avatar for Tatiana Kelly

Tatiana Kelly

Team Lead Recruitment, Best Buy Canada
avatar for Andrea Penney

Andrea Penney

Lead Technical Recruiter, SAP
Lead Technical Recruiter, SAP Technology North America Current Projects: SAP SuccessFactors: CTO, Mobile & Platform Team (Bay Area) SAP Analytics Cloud: Development & Product (Vancouver, BC)Passionate about Recruitment & Marketing trends, E-commerce, Big Data / Analytics and Project... Read More →
avatar for Pasha Mykhaylov

Pasha Mykhaylov

Technical Sourcing Recruiter, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Millions of customers currently leverage AWS cloud products and solutions to build sophisticated applications... Read More →
avatar for Supreet Hundal

Supreet Hundal

Recruiter, Zapier
Supreet is a Technical Recruiter at Zapier. Zapier is an online automation tool that connects your favorite applications with one another and has a 100% remote team powering this behind the scenes. Supreet has been in the recruiting industry for over 5 years and previously working... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Garrett

Melinda Garrett

Manager, Talent Acquisition, Mastercard
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Tuesday January 28, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

3:30pm PST

Balancing Data-Driven Design vs. Innovation — Room #2800
Limited Capacity filling up

Design thinking and human-centered design is a proven problem-solving process that can be applied to products, services and processes. Companies are investing more time and resources to understand problems and provide users and customers with best-in-class experiences, thus strategy and innovation is critical to their success. As companies are leaning heavily on data when making decisions, including design and UX strategies, how do we balance the science with the uncertainties and unknowns that often come with innovation?

Moderators
avatar for Bethany Edmunds

Bethany Edmunds

Director of Computer Science, Northeastern University

Speakers
avatar for Hugh Knapp

Hugh Knapp

Senior Design Researcher, All Purpose
Hugh Knapp is a design researcher and sociologist who specialized his academic career in gender, food, and consumption. His previous work includes his undergraduate thesis, which investigated how social networks affect infant-feeding practices for first-time mothers. He worked in... Read More →
avatar for Bosky Mukherjee

Bosky Mukherjee

Founder, PMDojo
Bosky is a mom and a wife who's mission is to make a career in tech more inclusive and accessible. She is an entrepreneur and an Executive in Tech for over 20 years spanning several startups and high growth companies both in Vancouver in the Bay Area.She has founded 2 ventures: Spark... Read More →
avatar for Priyanka Raha

Priyanka Raha

Founder + CEO, PopSmartKids
Priyanka is a strategist, technologist, entrepreneur and a mom to 2 boys. After a successful fifteen year career in the tech industry and noticing the amount of exposure her two young boys were getting to their tech devices she took her passion for the human factor in technology to... Read More →
avatar for Euphemia Wong

Euphemia Wong

UX Designer, Relic Entertainment
Euphemia is a UX Designer with a background in cognitive science, research and web development. She is currently working on Age of Empires IV at Relic Entertainment, and is also the organizer for Ladies that UX Vancouver.


Tuesday January 28, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

3:30pm PST

Charting a Course to the End of the World - Evolving & Strengthening Your Technical Knowledge — Sponsored by Clio — Room #2300
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As technical professionals, our world moves fast, and there is always so much to learn - from new programming languages to machine learning and AI, from virtual reality and augmented reality to new stacks, new server and cloud technologies. What is the tech landscape going to look like in just a few years? What skills and roles will be needed? What tools and approaches can we use to stay up-to-date, advance our careers, and satisfy our own curiosities and ambitions? Learn from our panelists' diverse experiences how you can develop your skills and steer your career into the future - whatever it brings!

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas

Director of Feature Development, NuData, Mastercard
I love building healthy, happy teams that build great products together! Talk to me about management, communication, leadership, the payments industry, and fraud. I'm currently updating my own skills by studying technical communication at SFU and dabbling in data science.

Speakers
avatar for Karen New

Karen New

Director of Information Systems, Modo Co-operative
I've worked at Modo for almost 18 years, building the software & analytical tools that have grown it from 50 cars to 700. In the last decade, "building" has become more metaphorical, as I've moved into a leadership role and grown my department to eight people (and counting) who do... Read More →
avatar for Manil Chowdhury

Manil Chowdhury

Developer Advocate, InVision
Working and playing in JavaScript! Also:✈️ Enjoys traveling: Loves airports (but LAX is hopeless). Uncanny ability to find good places to sleep.⛰ Weekend hiker: Baden Powell halfsies anyone? If raining, let's go bouldering instead.📖 Reader: Of mostly fictional literature... Read More →
avatar for Jess Dieuique

Jess Dieuique

Software Engineer, Bench Accounting
As a tinkerer and problem solver, my journey has led me down the software development path. Through each transition, from teacher to crisis worker to communications manager, I’ve always been drawn to building new skills. Now as a software engineer, I am excited to have stepped into... Read More →
avatar for Dena Hashemi

Dena Hashemi

Software Developer


Tuesday January 28, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

3:30pm PST

Embracing Your Inner Wonder Woman — Sponsored by Delta Hotels — Room #1200
Limited Capacity filling up

A roundtable discussion about navigating through you careers, stepping up to new opportunities, and how to be a "Wonder Woman" who has it all. We'll hear authentic stories from some Wonder Women of Tech which will be sure to make you think twice about all your awesome strengths and how to use them going forward.

Moderators
avatar for Danniele Livengood

Danniele Livengood

Program Manager, WWEST SFU

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Sarobhasa

Elizabeth Sarobhasa

Database Analyst, Prospera Credit Union
CTO at Women Who Drone
avatar for Khristine Carino

Khristine Carino

Career Advisor/Mentorship Specialist, YWCA Tech Connect
I am a champion and mentor for moms relaunching careers who have taken time off for childcare. Talk to me about career transitions, strategic volunteering and job leads in BC tech!
avatar for Efe Fruci

Efe Fruci

Speaker | Confidence Coach | Author, Founder of ODIHI
Efe Fruci is the founder of Odihi. The term 'Odihi' is a Nigerian name in Edo Dialect which means "essence of greatness". Created to give Black girls and women the opportunity to gain hands-on career experiences, grow their network, and build their confidence through coaching... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Lubik

Sarah Lubik

Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Sarah Lubik is an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, researcher and systems-changer. She is the Executive Director of the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship and Simon Fraser University (SFU)'s first Director of Entrepreneurship, promoting the power of, and need for... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

3:30pm PST

Self Coaching Your Way To The Winds — Workshop Sponsored by Clio — Room #1500
Limited Capacity seats available

Join our workshop to learn the art of self-coaching! It’s hard to find the right balance in life. Leaving us with less access to a leader, coach, trusted colleague or friend who can help guide us. Effective self coaching can lead to more effective mindsets, healthier relationships and higher self-belief while increasing our willingness to have ambitions to follow through – amidst the highs and lows of life! In this session we will look at the concepts underpinning coaching and practice, the art of using them with each other and on ourselves. We’ll explore some of the universal challenges of being a professional and how to guide ourselves through ripping winds in a more powerful way!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Wyka

Katie Wyka

Performance Coach, Clio
Katie Wyka, ACC, BA, MA, is Clio’s in house Performance Coach, helping Clions identify, plan and act on ways to improve and sustain performance, over time. After twenty years in industry, in a variety of HR and OD consulting roles, Katie jumped at the chance to work exclusively... Read More →


Tuesday January 28, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

6:00pm PST

WIT Regatta x Clio Mixer
We’re very excited to be kicking off WIT Regatta with a mixer at Steamworks at the end of our first day together. You’re invited to come and share what you’ve been up to, mingle with other attendees, get professional headshots by Sombilon and enjoy some appetizers and drinks on Clio. Remember #RelationshipsAreTheTrueCurrency and so we encourage you to post a selfie with your new best friend using our #VANWIT20 hashtag. See you there!


 

Tuesday January 28, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm PST
Steamworks - 375 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6, Canada
 
Wednesday, January 29
 

10:00am PST

Staying Relevant In A Multi-Generational Workplace — Room #2300
Limited Capacity seats available

This is the first time in history with up to five decades represented in the workplace and sadly women have fallen victims of ageism. “Too young to know better” vs. “Too old to understand”. It's no doubt these labels might be overflowing into our decision making. Whether it’s around the water cooler or the boardroom table, it’s time to check outdated stereotypes at the door. Multi-generational teams are the key to smooth sailing in 2020 and beyond. Come to our panel where we will help flip the narrative to ensure we don’t go overboard when it comes to ageism innuendo.

Moderators
avatar for Shirley Weir

Shirley Weir

Founder, MenopauseChicks.com
Shirley Weir is on a mission to empower women to navigate perimenopause-to-menopause (& beyond!) with confidence and ease. She is the founder of MenopauseChicks.com and its popular private online community, and her first book, MOKITA, reached #1 on Amazon in women’s health in 2018... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Legend Power® Systems Inc., Director of Marketing
Innovative, entrepreneurial marketing & communications leader with over 25 years of measurable success growing revenues and people to deliver superior performance and growth in highly competitive markets. Skilled at seeing “what’s next” then leveraging market and customer evolution... Read More →
avatar for Barinder Rasode

Barinder Rasode

Co-Founder & CEO, Grow Tech Labs
Barinder Rasode is the co-Founder & CEO of Grow Tech Labs, Cannabis Wise, as well as SheTalks—an open platform created to give voice and inspiration to women’s stories. A strong believer in creating cohesion and synchronicity, Barinder leads by example to propel a team’s natural... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Carreiro

Jennifer Carreiro

Head of Integrated Communications, SAP Labs Canada
Jennifer has worked in Integrated Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP for seven years. She likes asking big questions and moving ideas into actionable projects. She is particularly proud of her team’s work in the area of STEM and enhancing SAP’s reputation... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Jeshani

Natasha Jeshani

Co-Owner and VP, HR & Recruitment, Career Contacts
Natasha is the Owner of Career Contacts – an HR and Recruitment Firm headquartered in Downtown, Vancouver. Natasha opened her own company more than 8 years ago and has since gone from being a solopreneur, to building a strong, successful team of onsite and remote Recruiters and... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

10:00am PST

The Rise of Women in Thought Leadership — Room #1200
Limited Capacity filling up

Thought leaders are the opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They’re trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and show how to replicate their success. Who are the women leaders hugely inspiring men and the world today, and how are they doing it? How can we raise up many more women as thought leaders? Join our panel to hear from influencers in the city to see how they achieve it all!

Moderators
avatar for PEARLY TANG

PEARLY TANG

Founder | Director, Young Innovators
A twelve year veteran of global higher education Pearly has educated 5000+ students from 15+ countries through programs she instructed, created, or directed. Now she spends her days creating innovative curriculums for schools, organizations, and businesses; advising learning institutions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cybele Negris

Cybele Negris

CEO, Webnames.ca
Cybele Negris is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned board member, speaker, mentor, and columnist.Cybele is CEO & Co-Founder of Webnames.ca, Canada’s original .CA Registrar and provider of hundreds of domain extensions, webhosting, email, security products, and other online solutions... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Lievers

Miranda Lievers

Co-Founder & COO, Thinkific
Miranda Lievers is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur devoted to the intersection of small business and technology. As co-founder & COO of Thinkific, she's helped over 40,000 business owners earn $150 Million+ with online courses this year alone while educating 12 million+ students around... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Liu

Naomi Liu

Director, Global Marketing Operations, EFI
A constant problem solver and life-long learner, two things you will always hear me say are: “How can I help you streamline that?” and “How can we do this faster/better?” I’m a fanatic about improving sales and marketing processes and removing roadblocks by using data to... Read More →
avatar for Elicia Maine

Elicia Maine

W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academic Director, Invention to Innovation (i2I), SFU Beedie School of Business
Dr. Elicia Maine is the W.J. VanDusen Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurshipand and the founding Academic Director for “Invention to Innovation” (i2I) at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the dynamics of innovation in the advanced materials, nanomaterials, biotechnology, and emerging nano-biotechnology industries.Outside of her involvement in academia, she currently serves on the Boa... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

10:00am PST

Don’t Freak Out, It’s Just Change: Navigating Uncertainty and Burnout — Workshop Sponsored by Clio — Room #1500
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Change in the workplace is inevitable, so how do you manage it? Join our workshop, which will help you navigate uncertainty and avoid burnout as well as advise you on how to show up in an environment that is constantly changing. Our proud partner Clio will also share a fun acronym they use internally to make employees more agile to change on a daily basis. Now, who’s ready to sail into uncertainty 🙋🏻‍♀️

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Watson

Jonathan Watson

Vice President of Engineering, Clio
Jonathan is the Vice President of Engineering at Clio. Previously, Jonathan held senior engineering leadership roles at Shopify and Zynga. He brings to Clio over 15 years of experience in leadership and management, software architecture, design and implementation, and launching and... Read More →
avatar for Allison McGerrigle

Allison McGerrigle

Program Manage, Clio
Ally is the Program Manager of Talent Acceleration at Clio, where she has spent almost 4 years helping build and scale a Human and High Performing organization. Ally has worn many hats over the course of her time working in HR, but is particularly passionate about designing and facilitating... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

10:00am PST

It’s Not Them, It’s You: Why Your Team Members are Breaking up with You and What You Can Do about It — Room #2800
Limited Capacity seats available

Studies tell us that about 50% of people leave their companies to get away from their manager. Clearly those people were in toxic relationships – but that’s them, not you... right? Actually these same statistics tell us there’s a 50% probability that someone who left your team did so because of you.

Employee engagement and loyalty can’t be bought with a great salary or benefits, but there is something that smart managers can do to make the relationship work.

This hands-on, interactive workshop takes a seriously FUN approach to developing leadership skills. During the two-hour session, participants will be invited to solve the puzzles of creating a positive environment where employees can feel supported and successful, and where you’ll learn to be the best boss you can be!

If you’re a leader, or aspire to be one someday, you need to be part of this workshop. Laura and Kirsten will show you what you can do to inspire loyalty and retain your staff.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Anderson

Kirsten Anderson

CEO, International Speaker, Coach, Integrate Play Solutions
My purpose, and life's work, is to help create places people love to show up. I am often referred to as The LEGO lady or The Play expert but it all comes down to Happiness at Work. I get asked a lot about how integrating play at work looks and how a playful mindset helps the bottom... Read More →
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Laura Sukorokoff

Founder and People Maximizer, C-Change Learning and Development
Laura Sukorokoff has always had a passion for the employee experience. She has built a career in learning and organizational development and seeks to make work a great place to be. Laura is a highly regarded speaker and a subject matter expert in the area of engagement and retention... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

Digital Transformation Cloudy with a Chance of DevOps — What’s Now, What’s Next — Sponsored by Clio — Room #2300
Limited Capacity filling up

In recent years, cloud, data analytics, and other advanced technologies have allowed companies to fundamentally alter their means of doing business.  Product companies want to offer services, financial companies want to become software companies, and every company wants to use data to personalize products/services for their consumers.  The underpinnings for this transformation are the seamless release of multiple features into production on a daily basis.  Embedding an "app-store" mentality into organizations which typically take a long time to perfect production environments and applications.  In this session, the providers of cloud services (Microsoft and Amazon) offer insight into market strategy and economics.  Application run-time and frameworks will be covered from the perspective of Kubernetes and containers.  We will also review the program aspects of driving a successful transformation.  Learn how you, your company, and your customers can be better prepared to navigate the environment in which cloudy with a chance of devops is the new norm.

Moderators
avatar for Luca Intini

Luca Intini

Manager Systems, Infrastructure & Security, Pagefreezer Software Inc.
I am an international (Italy, The Netherlands, Canada) all-around IT Manager, Enterprise Architect (Togaf), Scrum Master and MCSA certified.My professional goal is to deliver the best IT related performances, helping teams to develop their skills without sacrificing the work/life... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Semanur Gulen

Semanur Gulen

Sr Site Reliability Engineer, Visier
Semanur is an experienced engineer and a motivating leader, passionate about people and technology, with over 13 years working in different locations (China, Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, and now Canada) in a variety of roles to keep up with changing technology trends. She... Read More →
avatar for Y Nguyen

Y Nguyen

Software Developer, Segment
After graduating from the University of Victoria, I began my career in tech at Demonware, developing online services for video games. I am now working as a Software Engineer at Segment, a customer data infrastructure company based out of San Francisco. At Segment, I am writing software... Read More →
avatar for Michela Toscano

Michela Toscano

Principal, IONICA
Michela is an entrepreneur and technologist based in Vancouver, BC. She is principal of IONICA, a site reliability engineering and hosting firm based in Vancouver. Michela designed and built their wholly Canadian cloud platform, which Grouse Mountain, Sutton, the PNE, SaskTel, and... Read More →
avatar for Alicja Raszkowska

Alicja Raszkowska

Production Engineer, Clio
Alicja is a Production Engineer at Clio who fairly recently transitioned from backend web development to DevOps. She has a background in quantitative economics, which comes in handy when monitoring infrastructure and making data-driven decisions. Alicja has also worked in national... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

What’s Real Anyway? AR/VR + Robotics + Live Demos — Sponsored by Finger Food Advanced Technology Group — Room #2800
Limited Capacity seats available

Vancouver has established itself as a hub for virtual and augmented reality. In this talk we will discuss how these bleeding edge technologies are disrupting different industries. Learn how you can leverage them to drive transformation and ROI within your respective companies and industries.

Join us for an amazing experience with the opportunity to interact with games, retail, real estate, health care & more!

Moderators
avatar for Alanna Kostiw

Alanna Kostiw

Product Manager, Guest Engagement, lululemon

Speakers
avatar for Shalaleh Rismani

Shalaleh Rismani

Research Assistant, McGill University
Engineer and system analyst with a speciality in need finding for AI and robotics development with a focus on social and ethical issueA diverse range of experience in robotics, medical device development, organization development, and facilitation.Experience HighlightsBiomedical device... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Brighton

Jordan Brighton

CEO, Virtro Entertainment Inc
Jordan is a pioneer in Augmented and Virtual Reality production. Argotian, a Virtual Reality language learning platform combines her love of tech, storytelling and travel to create a truly immersive experience.Virtro is her 4th business adventure, with over twenty years experience... Read More →
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Dogu Taskiran

CEO, Stambol
Dogu Taskiran is the CEO of Stambol, a Vancouver-based creative technology studio specializing in highly immersive content and experiences through Virtual and Augmented Reality. Dogu is an Expert Software Engineer and a leader with nearly 20 years of experience in high- performance... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

#WhatWouldChadDo?™ Negotiate, Navigate, & Neutralize Situations — Room #1200
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Our collective female experience, backed by research, shows women and men behave differently in the workplace, at women’s expense. Studies show women tend to follow the rules more closely than men, do not push for salary increases at the same rate as men, and underestimate the value of networking to get ahead. During this session learn from experienced leaders on how to negotiate, navigate and neutralize these situations. Let’s take a page out of our male colleagues’ playbook and ask ourselves “#whatwouldchaddo?”

Moderators
avatar for Humaira Ahmed

Humaira Ahmed

CEO, Locelle
Humaira Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Locelle - an enterprise networking platform to connect and engage women in the workplaces for support and mentorship. As a Pakistani born Canadian entrepreneur, Humaira is passionate about diversity in traditionally male-dominated industries... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hurriya Burney

Hurriya Burney

Vice President, Commercial Banking, RBC
- Managing a team of 13 Commercial Account Managers with the strategic intent of growing RBC's brand and market share in the specialized Commercial Healthcare industry vertical.- 10+ years of experience in the Banking & Finance field, with full-time positions and internships in the... Read More →
avatar for Raseel Sehmi

Raseel Sehmi

Director, Global Partnerships & Business Development, ATB Innovation
Raseel is a senior business leader and citizen of the world. She has lived in seven countries, and as a result of her exposure she champions local-global connections and solidarity. Her passions lie in the intersecting worlds of technology, business, international development and... Read More →
avatar for Jamal Temirova

Jamal Temirova

Founder/ Advisor, Jamal Temirova Consulting
"I will either find a way or make one."My power lies in my craving to put two things together to make something bigger than it is now. I make sense of things, pulling them apart, seeing a better configuration, and creating it. A natural leader with a great capacity to inspire others... Read More →
avatar for Colin Picard

Colin Picard

Director - Human Resources, Best Buy Canada Ltd
Colin has been with Best Buy Canada for 13 years in a variety of HR and operational roles. He began overseeing the HR needs for the eCommerce and Technology and Logistics and Supply Chain teams in 2017.Colin leads a diverse team, including Human Resources teams in Supply Chain/Distribution... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

1:00pm PST

Storytelling for Your Career: Take Your Personal Brand to the High Seas! — Sponsored by Best Buy — Room #1500
Limited Capacity seats available

Storytelling is a powerful tool for professionals. If told strategically, a good story can advance your career, expand your leadership impact and help you build influence in your space. In this empowering workshop and panel, get inspired by storytellers and discover creative strategies to craft a powerful story that will activate your audience and haul your career in the desired direction.



Moderators
avatar for Zeynep Tuck

Zeynep Tuck

Founder + Lead Consultant, Özlü Creative + Community
Zeynep Tuck is a sucker for a good story. In the sales pits of PR agencies, the boardrooms of the private sector, and the newsrooms of global media outlets, she has strategically crafted stories that have engaged and influenced communities around the world. When brands recognized... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dana Kawas

Dana Kawas

Co-founder CEO of Thynkli, Thynkli
Dana is a co-founder and CEO of Thynkli, a company that is paving the way to digital transformation enabling business growth using emerging technologies. She has a proven leadership track record and over 17 years of experience in driving digital change from strategy to execution in... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Harries

Andrew Harries

Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University
Andrew Harries is the Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and is a business advisor and corporate director. He chairs the board of directors at Bsquare Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), which delivers enterprise Internet... Read More →
avatar for Amy Goodmurphy

Amy Goodmurphy

Actor/Comedian
Amy Goodmurphy is the co-creator of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch comedy duo The Ryan & Amy Show. She is the recipient of multiple JFL NorthWest Comedy awards and has been performing and creating comedy for over 10 years. Amy has made several television and film appearances... Read More →


Wednesday January 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
SFU Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School Building

3:30pm PST

Co-Storm Interactive: Seeing Your True Self
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

MOORING: THE MARINA, 1601 BAYSHORE DRIVE
VANCOUVER, B.C. V6G 2V4 .  SEE BELOW FOR DIRECTIONS

The concept behind CO-STORM is about how much more we’re able to see in each other, than we see for ourselves. There’s a creative back and forth energy in getting outside your own head. Fresh eyes see our blind spots and filters that mirrors back what’s really going on. A CO-STORMER’S insight can clarify what steps to take next, highlight your strengths, and make you see what should happen naturally. It can solve a problem in your field with an outsider’s perspective. During this session, each participant will have time for an introduction and a chance to discuss their most pressing pain point, project or idea in a safe and empowering environment. Your CO-STORM partners will brainstorm with you on solutions and positive changes.

This session includes an incredible group of mentors, ready to give back by sharing their experience and expertise.

Download the Co-Storm guide to get you started.

HOW THE STORM WORKS:
You will have one 30-minute session with your CO-STORMERS. How you spend that time is up to you. However, we recommend spending 1/3 of your time discussing the homework and pressing each other for more clarity. WHY? Because these three building blocks are the foundation of every good plan, and clarity about them often sparks the greatest inspiration.

Things to think about when you are brainstorming for each other.
● Is it simple?
● How can it be MORE simple?
● Does it need a flip/pivot - looked at upside down to get a new perspective?
● What 3 steps can you take in the next 90 days to move your project forward?
Come with your 5-minute max elevator pitch. Tell your CO-STORMERS:
● Introduce yourself and what your project is for the storm.
● What would success look like for you today?
● What’s your number 1 challenge?
● What brought you here?

Pacific Yacht Charters
The Marina at 1601 Bayshore Drive
(Next door to Lift Restaurant and behind the Western Bayshore Hotel)  
 
If you are driving, there is pay parking at 1675 Bayshore Drive. You can park there and walk down the seawall on Menchion Mews street, and the yacht will be at the end of the street. About a 5 minute walk.
 
If you are taking a Taxi/Uber/Lyft or getting dropped off, it would be easiest to give the directions to Lift Restaurant (333 Menchion Mews), and indicate the Marina. The yacht is next door to Lift. About a 1-2 minute walk.
 
If you are walking, depending on where you are, get directions to the Western Bayshore Hotel (1601 Bayshore Drive), and Pacific Yacht Charters is behind the hotel. About a 2-3 minute walk.

Speakers
SA

Suzette Alvarez

Owner, SWAY Creative Group
avatar for Mark McCarvill

Mark McCarvill

Strategy Consultant, Mind Meeting Group
For 12 years I've been helping executive teams at Fortune 500 companies and other large organizations solve complex or “wicked” problems – in just 3 days. I use a science-based methodology that leverages the power of inclusivity, cognitive diversity, and disciplined focus. Unlike... Read More →
avatar for Dena Hashemi

Dena Hashemi

Software Developer
avatar for Priyanka Raha

Priyanka Raha

Founder + CEO, PopSmartKids
Priyanka is a strategist, technologist, entrepreneur and a mom to 2 boys. After a successful fifteen year career in the tech industry and noticing the amount of exposure her two young boys were getting to their tech devices she took her passion for the human factor in technology to... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Anderson

Kirsten Anderson

CEO, International Speaker, Coach, Integrate Play Solutions
My purpose, and life's work, is to help create places people love to show up. I am often referred to as The LEGO lady or The Play expert but it all comes down to Happiness at Work. I get asked a lot about how integrating play at work looks and how a playful mindset helps the bottom... Read More →
avatar for Zeynep Tuck

Zeynep Tuck

Founder + Lead Consultant, Özlü Creative + Community
Zeynep Tuck is a sucker for a good story. In the sales pits of PR agencies, the boardrooms of the private sector, and the newsrooms of global media outlets, she has strategically crafted stories that have engaged and influenced communities around the world. When brands recognized... Read More →
avatar for Humaira Ahmed

Humaira Ahmed

CEO, Locelle
Humaira Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Locelle - an enterprise networking platform to connect and engage women in the workplaces for support and mentorship. As a Pakistani born Canadian entrepreneur, Humaira is passionate about diversity in traditionally male-dominated industries... Read More →
avatar for Raseel Sehmi

Raseel Sehmi

Director, Global Partnerships & Business Development, ATB Innovation
Raseel is a senior business leader and citizen of the world. She has lived in seven countries, and as a result of her exposure she champions local-global connections and solidarity. Her passions lie in the intersecting worlds of technology, business, international development and... Read More →
avatar for PEARLY TANG

PEARLY TANG

Founder | Director, Young Innovators
A twelve year veteran of global higher education Pearly has educated 5000+ students from 15+ countries through programs she instructed, created, or directed. Now she spends her days creating innovative curriculums for schools, organizations, and businesses; advising learning institutions... Read More →
avatar for Jill Binder

Jill Binder

Founder & CEO, diversein.tech
Jill Binder is the leader of the Diverse Speaker Training group in the WordPress.org Community Team (with a 50% sponsorship from Automattic). This group encourages folks from underrepresented groups to speak at WordPress events. She takes this impactful work to other tech conferences... Read More →
avatar for Efe Fruci

Efe Fruci

Speaker | Confidence Coach | Author, Founder of ODIHI
Efe Fruci is the founder of Odihi. The term 'Odihi' is a Nigerian name in Edo Dialect which means "essence of greatness". Created to give Black girls and women the opportunity to gain hands-on career experiences, grow their network, and build their confidence through coaching... Read More →
avatar for Sweta Rajan

Sweta Rajan

Founder | Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Practitioner, Inclusion Advantage Consulting
Sweta envisions a world where diverse voices are valued equally. She is a dynamic and engaging speaker, facilitator, and coach who invites her audience to examine their perspective by authentically sharing her personal journey.After a decade as a scientist, in 2015, she repurposed her... Read More →
avatar for Lorie Corcuera

Lorie Corcuera

Co-Founder, SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Over the past 20 years, Lorie has cultivated her people and culture development, community... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Elsener

Tiffany Elsener

Transformative Learning Designer, NorthWild Leadership
Gleaning from education and learning through institutions including McGill University, Cornell University and Co-Active Training Institute, Tiffany has shared her approach of inspirational leadership over the last decade of working in operational management roles in events and luxury... Read More →
avatar for Melody Biringer

Melody Biringer

Founder, Women in Tech Regatta / The CRAVE Company



5:30pm PST

Regatta Wrap Up Fete x Slalom

After two energy filled days of connections, storytelling, mentorship and idea-sharing, it's time to take it all in and chillax! Mingle on the Yacht and enjoy sips and noshes on Slalom. This is not the end, but rather the beginning of the next chapter for you as we hope you have gained more connections, mentors and friendships.

Location Info:
MOORING: THE MARINA, 1601 BAYSHORE DRIVE
VANCOUVER, B.C. V6G 2V4

Pacific Yacht Charters
The Marina at 1601 Bayshore Drive
(Next door to Lift Restaurant and behind the Western Bayshore Hotel)  
 
If you are driving, there is pay parking at 1675 Bayshore Drive. You can park there and walk down the seawall on Menchion Mews street, and the yacht will be at the end of the street. About a 5 minute walk.
 
If you are taking a Taxi/Uber/Lyft or getting dropped off, it would be easiest to give the directions to Lift Restaurant (333 Menchion Mews), and indicate the Marina. The yacht is next door to Lift. About a 1-2 minute walk.
 
If you are walking, depending on where you are, get directions to the Western Bayshore Hotel (1601 Bayshore Drive), and Pacific Yacht Charters is behind the hotel. About a 2-3 minute walk.