WPT Panel: Creating change in your organization Feb 6 at Adobe

When: Tuesday February 6, 2018 – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Adobe, 343 Preston Ave, Ottawa On
Cost: $12 Early bird ends January 30th ($15 general) includes drinks and snacks

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Building on this year’s theme of Changing the Landscape, our second panel will focus on women who have influenced or created change within their organizations.

Organizational change is critical for business and career success. Whether it’s a change to business operations, a shift in company or team culture, or a new initiative championing female career advancement, driving change on any issue at an organizational level is an accomplishment.

We have invited three inspiring panelists to share their experiences as creators of change, and to talk about the strategies that have been most successful for them in bringing positive change to an organization.

Elizabeth Rhodenizer – (A) Senior Director People & Business Services, Government of Canada

Mirjana Vukovic – Project Manager  for Radio Technology Early Phases Program, Ericsson

Shannon Kot – Senior Manager, Technology Strategy and Architecture practice, Deloitte

[Ottawa] Holiday Party at Shopify Dec 6 7-10PM

Join Women Powering Technology for our annual Holiday Party at Shopify!

When: Wed Dec 6 7-10PM
Where: Shopify, 150 Elgin St
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after Nov 29


Get your tickets early as last year sold out! 

Shopify’s unique space provides a perfect festive backdrop for meeting new people and reconnecting with friends while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

There will be informal networking time and we will have small group discussions with a festive theme.

Wine and appetizers are included in the registration.

Register early so you don’t miss out on this popular event!

[Ottawa] Panel Nov 1: Embracing and creating personal change

When: Wednesday Nov 1, 2017 6:30-9:00
Where: bitHeads, Westgate Mall
Cost: $12 early bird until October 25, regular price $15, includes light refreshments
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This year’s theme is Changing the Landscape. Our first panel will focus on change at a personal level.

Change is an inevitable part of every woman’s career. Sometimes change comes by surprise (corporate restructuring), sometimes change is planned (pregnancy), and sometimes change is needed (stalled in a job). We have invited three inspiring speakers to talk about their experiences with change. We will look at key skills to survive and thrive when change happens. How to create a strong brand to get the opportunities you want, how to build up your interview skills, how to build your network.

Our speakers are:
Michaela Alexis – President, Grade A Digital
Anastasia Valentine – Chief Marketing Officer, Versature
Robin McIntyre – Global IT Services Executive

Panelist Bios

Michaela Alexis
Michaela graduated from Carleton University with Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinctions) with a major in legal studies, and a minor in psychology. Michaela currently works as the President of Grade A Digital, a Social Media Management Agency in Ottawa, and has thrived in the content marketing community, successfully managing over 100 brands in the past 8 years.

In March 2016, Michaela’s article about landing her dream job went viral on LinkedIn. Since then, she has replicated her viral success with multiple articles about her experiences in the business world. Recently, her article, “It’s Called a Life not a Life Sentence”, was picked by CNBC, and has amassed over 10,000 shares, and 130,000+ reads. Since then, Michaela’s articles have been featured and published in CNBC, MSN Money,, Mashable, Marketing Profs, Inc. Magazine, Yahoo Finance, The Muse, PR Daily, and more. Michaela recently became a contributor for Inc. Arabia.

Armed with just a tiny dry erase board and her writing skills, Michaela has gained over 70,000 LinkedIn followers in the past year, garnering over half a million views on photo updates that bravely document her career journey.

In Ottawa, Michaela currently sits on the advisory committee for the Ottawa Network for Education, and works as a Community Connector for the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services. She regularly speaks at high schools and colleges, sharing her advice on networking and the power of personal branding in today’s digital landscape. Her greatest goal is to equip students with the advice and knowledge that they need to succeed, and model by example.

Anastasia Valentine
Anastasia Valentine is the Chief Marketing Officer at Versature leading the marketing and sales organizations. She is an award-winning product strategist and brings a wealth of experience to the Versature team. Anastasia has a solid track record of over 20 years of experience bringing products to market from idea through to commercialization globally. Anastasia has held leadership, technical and marketing roles organizations such as Sandbox, Cognos, IBM, Jetform/Adobe and with technology startup companies. Anastasia is a strong advocate for women in STEM and regular keynote speaker at industry conferences.

Robin McIntyre
Robin McIntyre is a senior information technology and operations executive experienced in setting transformational strategies across various business disciplines, including technology services, consulting, healthcare and telecom sectors. She was most recently the VP, Managed Services at the The Pythian Group, a global leader in data consulting and IT managed services. In this role, she oversaw a department of 200 employees located in 51 countries. She previously held the position of Chief Transformation Officer, at the Ottawa Hospital and Regional President, Rogers Communications Inc.
A substantial portion of her career has been dedicated to roles in Technology Services, Engineering and Network Operations. In this capacity, she has been at the forefront of a number of new technology introductions that achieved significant business results. However, her most rewarding work has been building highly collaborative teams and partnerships.
Robin has received numerous awards, including the Women’s Business Network – Corporate Businesswoman of the Year, the Canadian Women in Communications – Trailblazer Award and the Rogers Engineering Award. She graduated from the University of Waterloo and holds a US/European patent. In 2010, she received her ICD designation. Robin been a corporate director and held the position of Chair at OCRI ( rebranded as Invest Ottawa ) from 2008 to 2010.

[Ottawa]Pub Night at Adobe Sept 26

When: Tuesday September 26, 2017 – 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Adobe, 343 Preston St, Ottawa On
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after Sept 19, includes drinks and snacks

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This is a great opportunity to have fun while networking with your peers.

This year’s theme is Changing the Landscape. Our panels and pub nights will be looking at how you can effect change in the field. Topics will include change at a personal level, effecting change at the company level and closing the gap in technology. We will be discussing the season in more details as well as hold small group discussions on topics related to change. As always there will be informal networking in addition to the small group discussions.

Thank you to Adobe for sponsoring this event.

[Ottawa] Pub night on the Pythian Patio June 20

Wind down the season with WPT on Pythian’s Patio!

When: June 20, 7-9:30 PM
Where: Pythian, 319 McRae Avenue (near Bushtukah in Westboro)
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after June 14 (includes drinks and snacks)

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Kick into summer gear with our final event of the season. Sip a cocktail on the patio at Pythian. Join small group discussions on the topics of empowerment, mentorship and negotiation to wrap up the season.

Take the opportunity to give us feedback on what you would like to see for next season.

[Ottawa] Panel: Empowerment Through Mentorship May 2nd


When: May 2nd, 2017 6:30-9:00
Where: Adobe Systems Canada, 343 Preston St, Ottawa
Cost: $12 early bird until April 25, regular price $15, includes drinks and snacks

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Whether you are looking to empower yourself to better meet your career objectives, or to empower others, mentorship is a wonderful tool. A mentor can provide guidance on issues you are uncertain about, and help instill confidence when you need it.

We have a panel of women in tech, who are experienced with mentorship situations, some as mentors, some having been mentored.  Discussion will be around the value of mentorship, the difference between a coach, mentor and supporter, how to find a mentor that suits you, how the mentorship relationship works, and how to contribute to your community by mentoring others.  We will also discuss how do find the right mentee and best support them.

Panelists (Link to bios):

Margo Crawford – President, CEO and founder of the Business Sherpa Group Inc.

Sheila Carpenter – Vice President, Enterprise Cloud Enablement Services, Entrust Datacard.

Stephanie Lachman-Doucet – Enterprise Architect, Consultant to the Federal Government.

We’ll start the evening with valuable networking time, then move to the panel discussion and audience Q&A. Refreshments and group discussions will follow.

Thank you to Adobe who is sponsoring this event!


Adobe is proud to support women in technology here in Ottawa and around the world.

Panelist Bios

Margo Crawford, MBA ICD.D, is the President, CEO and founder of the Business Sherpa Group Inc. (BSG). BSG is an Ottawa-based management consulting firm specializing in providing flexible embedded services and business strategy support to small and mid-sized businesses in the areas of Human Resources, Finance, Strategy, Governance and Marketing. Prior to BSG, Margo was a co-founder of Meriton Networks and was instrumental in building a company with locations around the world, and raising over $75M in equity financing and related M&A transactions. She currently sits on the Board of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), the Invest Ottawa Innovation Committee, and the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) Board of Directors. In early 2016, Margo was named Business Woman of the Year, Entrepreneurship Category, with the Women’s Business Network. As a recognized thought leader in the area of optimizing value through business strategy, strategic talent and workforce planning, and good governance, Margo has been invited to speak on many occasions about creating optimal business performance for small and medium sized enterprises throughout North America.


Sheila Carpenter Vice President of Enterprise Cloud Enablement Services at Entrust Datacard. Sheila has been with Entrust Datacard since 2001. Over the past 24 months, she has been instrumental in executing key tenets of their Cloud strategy, including hiring, developing and retaining a high performing, professional team. Sheila’s leadership and collaborative demeanor has enabled several successes for EDC – Delivery of Enterprise Cloud Service Technical platform to automate cloud operations, developing critical competencies of DevOps, Operational readiness and continuous delivery mindset, a comprehensive enterprise agreement with Amazon AWS, and most notably the launch of EDC’s first cloud-native solution Authentication Cloud Service (ACS) and ideation of their hosted FII offering. She is tenacious when it comes to understanding the business and doing whatever it takes to ensure customer success.

Sheila’s leadership has extended beyond technology, she is a community ambassador, organizing community events at our Ottawa office, leading women in technology events and promoting the EDC technology brand in the Ottawa technology community and internally at EDC.

Stephanie Lachman-Doucet is a dynamic individual with experience driving organizational growth and efficiencies through the skillful design, development, deployment, and support of mission critical business processes and information systems. She is a certified Project Manager and Business Architect with over 25 years of experience spanning numerous roles and a multitude of technologies. Stephanie holds an HBSc in Computer Science, a Masters of Management, and is PMP, CBAP, ITIL and CSM certified.

Monday to Friday she is a consultant serving the federal government.  Saturdays, she is an instructor with In-TAC, helping IT immigrants integrate into the Canadian workplace.  And seven days a week she juggles the responsibilities of being a wife, mother, musician and gardener. During the early part of her career, Stephanie sought the advice and guidance of senior men and women within the organizations where she worked.  Now, Stephanie offers insight and guidance to the professionals she meets via her work with In-TAC.

[Ottawa] Pub night at Survey Monkey March 30

Enjoy a fun networking evening at Survey Monkey’s Ottawa location in the market!

We will have informal networking time plus small group discussions. Group discussions will be focused on Negotiation. Discuss what works, share tips and tricks, practice your skills!

When: Thursday March 30, 2017 – 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Survey Monkey 12 York St, Ottawa On
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after March 23, includes drinks and snacks


[Ottawa] Negotiation Panel at bitHeads Feb 7

The theme for the 2016-17 Women in Technology season is Empowering Women in Technology. Our second panel discussion is on the topic of negotiation.

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Where: bitHeads
Cost: $12 early bird until January 31, regular price $15, includes light refreshments

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We will be discussing the value of negotiation both from an internal career perspective – negotiating for salary, promotion, or specific assignments; and an external perspective such as sales, business development, partnerships. We will discuss unique challenges that women might face in negotiations, strategies for successful negotiation and other questions.

We have invited three women in high tech with experience in all areas of negotiation including sales, business development, policy, standards, salary and advancement to participate on the panel.


Sandra Cote, Vice President, IT and Professional Services at Calian

Anna Lambert, Director of Talent Acquisition at Shopify

Leah Lawrence – President and CEO at Sustainable Development Technology Canada

This event is being hosted at bitHeads. Please come to the outside entrance on the east side of the Westgate Mall beside Pet Valu.

Speaker Bios:

Sandra Cote:   As Calian’s Vice President of IT and Professional Services, Sandra is responsible for the development and delivery of services that aid Calian’s customers in achieving maximum success from their information technology infrastructure.  Her primary focus is to lead a team of specialists that will grow Calian’s business, expand market share and create happy repeat customers. Sandra joined Calian after having spent 10 years with SAP.  In her most recent role with SAP, Sandra was the Vice President of Public Services for Canada.  Sandra has played a key role on many large government Executive Steering Committees.

Sandra’s broad range of sales and management skills were honed over a 30 year period working for various Information Technology focused companies including SAP, Sybase and Digital Equipment.

Anna Lambert:   Anna Lambert is the Director of Talent Acquisition at Shopify. Anna embodies Shopify’s MO of Getting Shit Done. She joined Shopify as an intern in 2011, and has helped build the company from 150 employees to over 1500 today. Anna is also a passionate ally and advocate for inclusion in tech, and works tirelessly to make Shopify a company that moves the needle in this space. For example, as a way to give back to the community and provide a platform for voices often overlooked, Anna founded Beyond the Code three years ago. This conference is designed to empower individuals to make the tech industry a more inclusive space for everyone. Anna is also an avid snowboarder, runner, and the co-founder of her own Shopify store, Caged Collective.

Leah Lawrene:  As the head of SDTC, Leah gets to put her passion for clean tech and sustainable development into practice. An environmental junkie, Leah has over two decades of entrepreneurial and leadership experience. Whether she’s starting an independent newspaper, running Clean Energy Capitalists (a company she founded in 2003 to support clean tech projects in the oil and gas and electricity sectors), chairing the boards of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and APEGA, or touring the world writing about global energy markets, you’ll rarely see Leah sitting down for long. Unless, of course, she’s on the back of her motorbike (these days a BMW700GS)—which she’s ridden to Alaska—taking a bit of breather from changing the world.

Leah has her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Regina and her Master of Economics from the University of Calgary. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Engineers Canada.

[Ottawa] 2016 Holiday Party at Shopify

Join Women Powering Technology for our annual holiday Pub Night at Shopify!

When: Monday December 12 7:00PM – 9:30PM
Where: Shopify 150 Elgin St, 6th floor
Cost: $12 Early bird until December 5th, $15 General Admission
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Shopify’s unique space and the holiday lights of downtown create a perfect festive backdrop for meeting new people and reconnecting with friends while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

There will be informal networking time and we will have small group discussions with a festive theme.

We welcome students, young and established professionals, and leaders to our fast-growing community.
Wine and appetizers are included in the registration.

Register early so you don’t miss out on this popular event!

[Ottawa] Self Empowerment Panel November 9 at bitHeads

The Theme for the 2016-17 Women in Technology season is Empowering Women in Technology. Our first panel discussion is about self-empowerment. How do you equip yourself to meet your goals? What can you do to help ensure your success?

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Where: bitHeads
Cost: $12 early bird until November 2, regular price $15, includes light refreshments
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We have invited three respected high-tech leaders, to participate in our panel discussion: a marketing executive in the software security field, an expert in strategic issues surrounding intellectual property and a services executive leading a team on emerging technologies. We’ll start the evening with valuable networking time, then move to the panel discussion and audience Q&A. Refreshments and group discussions will follow.

Speakers include:

Leah McMillan, Senior Vice President Global Marketing, Trend Micro

Julia Elvidge, President, Chipworks

Andréa Nadeau, Director Professional Services, Rogers Communications

This event is being hosted at bitHeads. Please come to the outside entrance on the east side of the Westgate Mall beside Pet Valu.

Panelist Bios:
Leah MacMillan, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Trend Micro

As the chief storyteller at Trend Micro – a global leader in cyber security solutions – Leah is responsible for delivering the compelling messages and creative content that drives interest and preference for the company and its solutions. Her team develops and executes the marketing and communications strategy that supports the corporate vision and accelerates business growth around the world.

With over 25 years of high-tech product management and marketing experience, she has also held key leadership positions at IBM, Cognos, a market leader in business intelligence, Entrust, a respected security company, and Corel, a dynamic consumer graphics and productivity software company. Leah has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and International Business from McGill University.

Julia Elvidge, SVP Tech Research, TechInsights
One of only six female Electrical Engineers in her 1987 graduating class at Waterloo, Julia has flourished in a male-dominated profession.  For the past 20+ years, Julia has been part of Chipworks – a high tech company serving multi-billion dollar global semiconductor companies with patent and competitive intelligence information.  For the last 13 years, Julia was a part owner and President of Chipworks.  She was a vital part of building Chipworks into the flourishing 125-person company that was acquired by TechInsights, a competitor, in June of this year.  Now, as SVP Tech Research at TechInsights, Julia is responsible for the fastest growing business unit and developing key new products and subscriptions for their intellectual property and technology group customer base.  She is actively involved in leadership development programs with the local universities, sits on the ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada) board and speaks at IP industry events.  She previously worked at LSI Logic and MOSAID.

In 2008, Canadian Women in Communications recognized Julia’s contributions with a Trailblazer of the Year Award. In 2007 CATA WIT recognized her work with a Sara Kirke award for women entrepreneurship.

Andréa Nadeau, Director of Professional Services,  Enterprise Business, Rogers Communications
This spring, Andréa Nadeau was promoted to the role of Director of Professional Services for Enterprise Business at Rogers Communications. Her team of consultants and analysts supports Canadian Businesses in deploying emerging technologies, including: Internet of Things, Unified Communications, Business Networks and Data Centre & Cloud; and Security solutions.
Andréa started her career at the University of Ottawa, where she worked in a variety of Digital Communications and IT roles. Prior to entering the private sector, she also led the digital strategy at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Andréa has found great success in applying her user experience background in web design to Internet of Things and Workforce Transformation initiatives with her enterprise customers at Rogers.

Andréa holds an Honours Baccalaureate in Commerce with specialization in Accounting from the University of Ottawa and has studied Public Ethics and Philosophy at Saint-Paul University.

Andréa is an avid softball player and indoor rower. She competes in a variety of dog sports with her Aussies. She is personally invested in her niece, Kassie’s early STEM learning.