[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

Register at https://wptnegotiate.eventbrite.ca

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.

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