[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

Purchase tickets at https://wptmentor.eventbrite.ca

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.

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