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)
Cost: $12 early bird until November 2, regular price $15, includes light refreshments
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.
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.
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.