Allison MacDonald, an experimental physicist at D-Wave, the Burnaby-based quantum computing firm, spends her days testing and improving the chip that helps run the company’s 2,000 qubit quantum computer. Allison talks about her unique field, shares her journey to becoming an experimental physicist and talks about challenging our implicit biases in the workplace.
Girls Who Code’s mission is clear and focused: to close the gender gap in technology. And with its fearless founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani, at the helm, it’s already creating a major ripple effect in the tech industry. We are thrilled to welcome Saujani as a Keynote Speaker at our #movethedial Global Summit this November 7th, especially since Girls Who Code’s mission is perfectly aligned with that of #movethedial. As Saujani says, quoting the famous activist Marian Wright Edelman, "You can't be what you can't see."
A self-described “connector,” Erica Keswin is forcing us to rethink our human and digital relationships. After all, in an era where we’re more likely to send a text or email to engage at work, the digital world is only making us more disconnected.
Started by brothers Nadeem Nathoo and Navid Nathoo, The Knowledge Society embraces topics such as Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Alternative Energy, and Artificial Intelligence. One participant describes it as a human accelerator that turns driven students into unicorn people who will solve the world’s most important problems.
The tagline on Huda Alvi’s website says it all: My Life, My Terms, My Style, My View, My Opinions, My Choices. This smart, classy, and cool C.E.O chick shares her story of resilience, persistence, passion, and purpose. Buckle up for Huda’s latest adventure, The Girls Trip, a “Bad Ass Tour Company… activating curated travel for women around the globe."
17-year-old Hannah Le shows us where curiosity and conviction can take us. From the lessons she learned from her deaf cousin, to her own personal challenges fitting in, this young, confident woman teaches us about pursuing big dreams and carving our own paths.
Maria Schuld talks about how her life-long passion for physics led her down her current career path with Xanadu and explains why finding a career that fits with your unique personality and principles is a major key to success. Guest writer: Sahar Shoja
With over 12 years at TELUS, Stacey James has earned a reputation as an authentic leader who works collaboratively to create value. She has carved her own career path by driving big picture thinking and being results-oriented. Guest writer: Chantelle Sukhu
Carolyn Van, Director at Canada Learning Code, talks about how her own frustration fuels her fire, shines a spotlight on her mom, and asserts it’s not technology that is intelligent, it is the people behind it.
ZJ Hadley: Employee Success Business Partner at Tulip, a mobile application provider focused on empowering workers in retail stores. Fiercely passionate woman. And vocal diversity advocate changing the tech culture in Toronto… and beyond. With all odds stacked against her, ZJ rose above adversity through hard work, grit, and an unwavering understanding of and commitment to what is just and moral. Sometimes with less than $20 in her pocket.
Katherine Regnier is the Founder and CEO of Coconut Software, a tech startup focused on “Appointments of the Future” in the Enterprise Appointment Scheduling space. Major national brands onboard include TELUS, Rogers, London Drugs, and Jackson Hewitt Tax in the USA. Under Katherine’s leadership, Coconut has shown strong growth and Michelle McBane, Managing Director at StandUp Ventures, knew that Coconut would be a strong portfolio company.
As Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wealthsimple, Mallory Greene is passionate about building a great place to work for all, and creating a lasting impact on the communities where we work and live. Mallory has earned a reputation as someone who figures things out. She has carved her own career path by taking risks, asking for what she wants, adapting to change, and thinking big. Simple, right?
Anna Mackenzie, a Software Engineer at GrowSumo, is also a proud #movethedial champion. In this candid conversation, we talk to Anna about the career milestones and lessons that have helped shape her experiences, and the importance of good old-fashioned hard work and grit. Anna’s story will inspire anyone looking to propel their career forward or excel in their current role.
Michelle Holland is City Councillor for Scarborough Southwest-Ward 35, Chief Advocate for the Innovation Economy for the City of Toronto and champion of technology, entrepreneurship and diversity. In our interview, she passionately discusses one of her initiatives, Digital Literacy Day. This ground-breaking project, which has gained tremendous momentum and support, will see companies, consumers, and communities across the City come together to learn, connect, and share. Follow Michelle on Twitter at @hollandmichelle and join the conversation using the hashtag #DLDayTO.
Emma Harris is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Pets, a company that connects pet parents to local veterinarians on demand through video chat for a fraction of the cost of traditional care. As the first software of its kind in Canada, Healthy Pets leads Canada’s #PetTech...
Nora Bieberstein is the Senior Manager of Innovation Partnerships at RBC and Director at Community Builders. There is something about the atmosphere at the stylish, colourful WeWork space in downtown San Francisco. Cheerful and warm, a group of mainly women but also men...
Deanne Harrison is the SVP of People & Process at 24-7 Intouch, a global contact center and technology company headquartered in Winnipeg. She plays a lead role in helping 24-7 Intouch scale to become one of Manitoba's fastest growing companies. She will be leading an...
Plan International Canada and #movethedial, two organizations who share a focus on empowering women and girls, are forming a partnership aimed at finding new opportunities to amplify each other’s strengths and find new ways to advance the cause of girls’ and women’s rights and opportunities.
Maya Shoucair started her career in government and nonprofit in Ottawa before moving into tech in Toronto. A first-generation immigrant to Canada, Maya built up a network of mentors to help her get to the next level in her career. Now a Community Development Manager for Shopify in Toronto, Maya helps Shopify make commerce better for everyone.
Avery Francis started her recruiting career at an agency while she was in school training for broadcast, digital, and creative. After falling in love with recruiting and tech, she sought out opportunities to help recruit the future of the tech industry.
Dr. Amy Platt began her career as an educator. After getting her PhD, she is now an administrator. As Principal of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School,she’s working on how to bring technical skills and innovation thinking into the classroom, building a generation of innovative thinkers. She’s also focused on how diversity and inclusion balances innovation thinking...
This #movethedial interview with Rachel Wexler, now Director of Marketing at TribalScale, was conducted by Jodi Kovitz. Together they’re celebrating Rachel’s exciting promotion to TribalScale’s leadership team. TribalScale is an innovation firm that helps startups and enterprises step into the future.
Ria Lupton was born in Pakistan and raised in Singapore. She worked around the world before coming to Canada. She studied and worked in computer engineering and information systems before turning her passion for community building into a full-time career. Now, as Marketing Manager at RIGHTSLEEVE and founder of Canadian Community Builders, Ria is focused on creating inclusive communities while also helping businesses build authentic communities.
Stephanie Weiland started her career in the agency world, where she fell in love with technology and innovative business thinking. A career-long marketer on both the agency and in-house side, she’s a strong believer in learning from every situation and the value of building genuine relationships. Now, as Senior Marketing Manager for Brim Financial, she’s working to bring Canada’s only non-bank Mastercard offering to market, helping entrepreneurs and everyday Canadians access a fully digital credit card platform.
Caitlin MacGregor is the Co-Founder and CEO of Plum, which combines advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology with AI to help organizations predict the quality of their hires, develop their employees, and transform company culture. Thanks to Caitlin’s vision, Plum customers can spur employee success, diversify their teams, and align talent to business needs by predicting potential.