WPT Panel: Personal Development November 1

Personal Development and Performance: What can business learn from sport?

When: Thursday, November 1, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Bitheads, 1309 Carling Ave

Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after Oct 25

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To kick off this season’s theme of Optimizing Performance, WPT Ottawa is hosting a speaker panel on Personal Performance and Development, which we’ll approach with the question of “what can business learn from sport?”.

Our inspiring speakers will discuss strategies from the world of sport that can translate to a high-performance business environment: emphasis on preparation and practice, specialty coaching and support (think nutrition, skills, strength, etc.), game-day strategy, planning and goal-setting for long-term success, as well as the role of health and wellness in professional success.

Our panelists are performance-focused professionals with insight into sport and wellness. They will share their lessons learned in the sport of business, the keys to their performance, and best practices for women seeking to be high performers in their own careers.

Join us for an informal networking session with light refreshments from 6:30-7:00pm, and for the panel discussion from 7:00-8:00pm.

Moderator: Shannon O’Higgins, Invitae & Crossfit1855


Dr. Trish Brooks, Executive business coach

Christiane Fox, Deputy Minster, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth at Privy Council Office

WPT kickoff at Klipfolio

Pub Night at Klipfolio September 26, 2018
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Klipfolio, 111 Albert Street, Suite 300, Ottawa Ontario
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after Sept 19, includes drinks and snacks
This year’s Women Powering Technology Ottawa theme is Optimizing Performance.  Before choosing the best element from a set of possibilities, one must first identify the set of alternatives and factors impacting those alternatives.  Please join us for informal networking and small-group discussions about strategies to overcome stereotype threat and unconscious bias and how to set career goals.

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WPT Panel: Closing the Gap May 9

When: Wednesday May 9, 2018 – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Where: bitHeads, 1309 Carling Avenue (Westgate Mall), Ottawa On
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 general (includes refreshments)

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Building on this year’s theme of Changing the Landscape, our May 9 panel discussion will be on Closing the Gap – making change that will promote and support women in tech.

Meet three inspiring panelists who have successfully influenced positive change in the industry. They are involved in bringing about improvements and closing the gap both in and beyond their own workplaces. We will discuss strategies that you too, can use to drive change.

There will be networking time and light refreshments before and after the panel.

Speakers are:

Krista Shibata – Leader Public Affairs and Women in Technology, IBM Canada

Krista is the leader of the IBM Canada strategic initiative focused on closing the gap for Girls in STEM/Women in Technology. In this role she guides IBM’s presence as a leader in driving positive change and engagement for girls in STEM and women in technology. Prior to accepting her current role, Krista has held global leadership roles for IBM and Cognos in the areas of communications and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as sales. Prior to joining high tech, Krista spent time in small business as well as amateur sports. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Queens University.

Alyson Gaffney – VP Marketing and Partnerships, Leonovus Inc and is Owner, Gaffney consulting

Alyson’s skills in business, sales and marketing strategy development, combined with 20+ years global experience helps seasoned business owners and new entrepreneurs accelerate their business success. Alyson assists clients in developing successful and executable business, sales and/or marketing strategies, for new ventures or expansionary projects, either direct to the end customer or indirectly through channel partners. Her clients have varied from one person social enterprise start-ups to mid-size technology companies. She has lived and worked globally, is a former marketing corporate executive of a Fortune 500 company.. Specialties: direct/indirect business models strategy and program development, partner enablement, customer/partner/team management, program project management and critical/entrepreneurial thinking.

Alyson is the founder of Women in Data Science Ottawa. She is a volunteer with Technovation, inspiring girls to consider a STEM career and a founding member of Women for Mental Health, Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Susan Richards – Virtual CFO and Co-Founder Numbercrunch; Givopoly

Susan is equal parts Accountant and Entrepreneur. She provides strategic financial guidance to Startups and SMEs with virtualCFO and accounting support services provided by her team at, a forward thinking accounting support company featuring cost effective CFO/Controller/Bookkeeping team solutions with a specialty in SaaS. Susan co-founded Givopoly, an online gift delivery marketplace, launched in Ottawa and now delivering in Toronto and Vancouver.

Susan is passionate about addressing gender inequality and getting more women on boards. She provides financial literacy training for Female Founders to ensure they are getting their fair share of available funds. Susan is also on the Board of Directors for Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, and has served on Advisory Boards for Algonquin College, AmbiSHEous and Equal Voice.

Spring pub night at Klipfolio March 27

When: Tuesday March 27, 2018, 7:00-9:30PM
Where: Klipfolio,  111 Albert Street. #suite 300 (World Exchange Plaza)
Cost: $12 early bird until March 20, $15 General Admission


Continuing this year’s theme of Changing the Landscape, we will be discussing how to make a positive change in our communities. Following on initiatives such as #MoveTheDial, we will be exploring how local firms and individuals are positively impacting our community, approaches that we can all take to increase inclusion, and how technology can be used to effectively create change.

As always, there will be informal networking before and after our small group discussions.

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.