[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.

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