“Just Say Yes” – Panel Discussion November 13

Where: Bitheads, 1309 Carling Ave, Ottawa

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Cost: $15, Register here: eventbrite

Just Say Yes – Don’t pre-select yourself out of an opportunity

Women have a lot of different things going on in their lives. Between work and family, it is hard to find time even for yourself. Jumping up to say “yes” to a new opportunity is not our first instinct.

Frequently, we reason ourselves out of asking for the promotion or applying for a new job:

“I am too busy already”…“I only have 65% of the requirements for this job posting”…“Other people in the office deserve this promotion more”… “I am not spending enough time with my kids”

In this panel session, we will hear from three fascinating women that have been in this situation. We will hear how they analyzed the risk vs. the benefit of each opportunity and the results.

Suzanne Grant, CEO, Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA)

Stef Scrivens, Partner and Executive Director of Sales, Transparent Kitchen

Sandra Saric, former VP, Talent Innovation, Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC)


Julia Elvidge, Advisor, Investor, Board Member and former President of Chipworks

Season Opening pub night at Microsoft October 1st

Where: Microsoft, 100 Queen Street, Suite 500
When: Tuesday, Oct 1 – 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Cost: $15 includes drinks and snacks


This year’s theme is Breaking Barriers for Women in Tech. We will spend this season discussing topics from how to influence change to how to say yes.

Please join us for informal networking and small-group discussions about what this season will look like.

WPT Panel April 24: Leadership at All Levels at bitHeads

When: April 24, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Bitheads, 1309 Carling Ave

Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after Oct April 17

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As part of this year’s WPT theme of Optimizing Performance this panel’s topic focuses on leadership. Leaders are not just the CEOs in the corporation. The organizations that are the most successful inspire and empower leadership at all levels.

This panel session will discuss what leadership looks like at different levels of the organization and what leadership skills are important to develop early on. We will hear from three women who will share their leadership development stories and why they believe it is important for progressing in your career.


Julia Elvidge, Past President, Chipworks (now retired) 


Margo Crawford, President/CEO, Business Sherpa 

Mary O’Neill, VP Security, Nokia Software 

Vicki Iverson, CTO/co-founder, Iversoft

WPT Panel Feb 12: Negotiation Skills at Adobe

Join WPT at Adobe to learn how to negotiate your way to success.

When: 6:30-8:30PM Feb 12, 2019

Where: Adobe, 343 Preston St, Ottawa

Tickets: $12 Early Bird until Feb 5, $15 General Admission. Snacks and drinks included.

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Learn valuable techniques from expert negotiators. With the right strategies and tactics, anyone can walk into a negotiation with courage and walk out confident in having achieved a mutually beneficial outcome.

There will be time for networking before and after the panel.

Moderator: Katharine Griffiths


Leslie Eisener, Head of Procurement at Canopy Growth.

Morag Cowell, Director Business Support Team at National Research Council Canada,

Stephanie Lewis, Lawyer, Partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP

Joanne Read, Consultant, Supply Chain & Operations

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!