[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.

[Ottawa] WPT 2016/2017 Season Opener at Adobe Sept 29

Please join us for an informal pub night to kick off the 2016/2017 WPT season at Adobe. This is a great opportunity to have fun while networking with your peers!

When: Thursday September 29, 2016 – 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Adobe, 343 Preston St, Ottawa On
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after Sept 22, includes drinks and snacks

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Our theme for 2016 / 2017 is Empowerment – empowering yourself and empowering other women in tech.

There will be time for informal networking, as well as small group discussions on relevant topics. In addition to networking, we will discuss the events we have planned for 2016/2017.

Thank you to Adobe who is sponsoring this event!


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

[Ottawa] Pub night at Pythian June 7

Join us for our final event of the 2015/2016 season. This informal pub night is a great opportunity to have fun while networking with other women in technology.

When: June 7, 7-9:30 PM
Where: Pythian, 319 McRae Avenue (near Bushtukah in Westboro)
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 after May 31 (includes two drinks and snacks)

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This is a great opportunity to have fun while networking with your peers. This year’s theme has been owning the podium, applying winning skills, attitudes and strategies to your careers. Our small group discussions will focus around the topics of confidence, team building and leadership to wrap up the season. As always there will be informal networking in addition to the small group discussions.

Reaching the Top: Know What’s Right for You

Another successful panel with Women Powering Technology! Tuesday was a fantastic networking evening with over 40 people in attendance. All three of our very accomplished panelists; Nilufer Erdebil, Suzanne Grant, and Chantal Hemens, had valuable insight and interesting stories to share.

When asked what she wished someone had told her when she was starting out, Suzanne’s response was to not always take people’s advice. A common message driven home by all the panelists was “to know what is right for you”. All three women felt that throughout their careers they had been told what they should or couldn’t do but that it was when they followed their own path that they felt happiest with the result.

The women were also asked about failures or decisions along the way that were pivotal. The resounding response was that failures or points of change are times to reflect. Suzanne noted, however, that reflection is equally important during the high points in our careers. It is easy to forget to think about where we are going and what we want when things are going well. Chantal mentioned more than once the value of choosing to do things that have scared her in her career. She suggested that we are all more capable than we give ourselves credit for. In her career, setting five year goals, asking herself where she wants to be personally at retirement age, and changing careers for the sake of change have pushed her to be successful and to keep growing. When talking about goals, Suzanne focused on moving in a strategic direction while Nilufer emphasized the importance of balancing both short term and long term goals. She talked about intentionally working regularly on defined things that move you towards your goals.

On the overarching topic of getting more young women into STEM careers, the panel agreed that strong role models are an important and a lacking first step. Chantal talked about showing students all the options as kids don’t always know the career paths that programs offer. Suzanne commented that men equally need to be supported in their decisions to be stay at home parents. A cultural shift in expectations of men will open the door for a shift in women’s roles as well.

Thank you to all who attended for another stimulating evening!

[Ottawa] Networking event: Reaching the Top April 19

Whatever your goals are, we have a panel of successful Women in Technology to inspire you to succeed. How do you plan your path to success? How do you develop strategies to help you get where you want to go?

This season, Ottawa’s Women Powering Technology sessions are focusing on helping women “own the podium,” by applying winning skills, attitudes and strategies to their careers. Our final panel in the series will focus on Reaching the Top.

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2015- 6:30-8:30 pm (EDT)

Where: bitHeads

Cost: $12 early bird until April 12, regular price $15, includes light refreshments

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We have invited three women who are very successful in the tech field, to participate in our panel discussion: an executive in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, a senior consultant with a passion for innovation and a founder and CEO of a company that is developing leading edge bio medical devices.

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:

Chantal Hemens – Director of Manufacturing, Abbott Point of Care

Nilufer Erdebil,– Founder and CEO of Spring2Innovation Consulting

Suzanne Grant – Cofounder and CEO  iBIONICS

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


Suzanne Grant – BSc Physics, CDCofounder & ceo iBIONICS

In 2015 Suzanne cofounded iBIONICS, a born global startup reversing incurable diseases with implantable bionics. Their flagship solution, the Diamond Eye, returns quality of life and vision to the blind.

She has enjoyed an eclectic career and started as an engineering officer in the Canadian Forces.  Suzanne later ventured into entrepreneurship in a developing country. She bootstrapped a creative agency and publishing house, The Art of Business, where she produced Qatar’s favourite magazine, Qatar Happening.

Her most cherished accomplishments include volunteer projects. Suzanne founded and spearheaded a nation wide charity campaign for Rwandan orphans in 1994 and partnered with the Queen of a Muslim country when she founded Spirit of Empowerment, a historic catalyst event for young professional Arab women. In 2012 she introduced a global initiative at Startup Canada to encourage a global outlook amongst Canada’s entrepreneurs.

Chantal Hemens – Director of Manufacturing for Abbott Point of Care (APOC).


Chantal’s team consists of 8 direct reports providing management support to hundreds of manufacturing operations employees, covering 4 shifts of operations. APOC manufactures millions of medical device test cartridges annually; meeting worldwide quality and regulatory requirements. Chantal joined APOC in 2012, as the Director of Quality Operations and transitioned into her current role in January 2015. Prior to joining APOC, Chantal was the VP, Operations, Quality and Regulatory Affairs for DNA Genotek in Ottawa; joining in 2005. Chantal started her career at Nortel in 1990 as a Printed Circuit Board Materials Component Engineer and joined JDS Uniphase in 1999; progressing into the role of Director of Quality Assurance.


Chantal has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Master’s of Science degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Chantal is the proud mother of 4 children and finds the time to stay fit by running, swimming and going to the gym.


Nilufer Erdebil – Founder and CEO of Spring2Innovation Consulting


Nilufer is CEO of Spring2 Innovation and has over 18 years of experience in innovation within various fields including telecommunications, application development, program management and IT management. Throughout her career she has always had a passion for technology, business, commercializing technology and navigating change. Having worked in a number of international organizations and lived on three continents, Nilufer has a global mindset.

Prior to launching Spring2 Innovation, Nilufer began her career working at Procter & Gamble, in sales, and moved into software engineering.  As a software designer she has worked on leading edge technologies and products, in a variety of international defense and telecommunications companies, including General Dynamics, CrossKeys Systems (now Oracle) and Marconi Wireless (now Ericsson).  After going back to school to earn an MBA, she has worked in a number of IT, Technology, Project Management and Marketing positions at Bell Canada.

Nilufer is a 2016 recipient of the WCT Leadership Award from Women in Communications and Technology and a 2014 recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award.  She has a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University.