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CHANGE TOGETHER: Launch Event and Panel Discussion
Thu, March 9, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Last year, TechGirls Canada (TGC) partnered with RyersonDMZ for the sold-out IWD event A Panel from the Margins. This year, we are taking the conversation further by engaging the people who hold, by and large, the biggest responsibility for making the future of technology more accessible and inclusive: Straight White Men™.
Join TGC, TWG and our community of change makers as we unveil our year-long collaborative project - CHANGE TOGETHER: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups, and dicuss the impact of complacency in inclusion work.
Curated around candid conversations with male technology leaders who are actively engaged in the work of diversity and inclusion, we'll discuss what this work has taught them about the challenges and rewards that come with committing to this labour.
Who Should Attend:
This event is for technology leaders, founders and community builders who understand the necessity of this work and are looking for a solid way to get started.
Saadia Muzaffar is a technology entrepreneur and founder of TechGirls Canada (TGC) - the hub for Canadian women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math - proudly supporting Women of Colour, LGBTTQ, variously-abled, & Indigenous trailblazers.
She is a passionate and internationally prolific media advocate and speaker on diversity, inclusion, and equitable access to technology education and jobs for marginalized groups. She has been featured on CNN Money, Financial Post, Canadian Business, VICE, Motherboard, and CBC RadioOne.
Derek Watson is TWG’s VP of Engineering. For over fifteen years, Derek has been a web developer and software engineer, leading projects for a series of Toronto startups, and for enterprises such as CBC and Bell Media. An advocate for open source and emerging technologies, he has deep experience delivering large-scale digital properties and hiring technical teams.
Johnathan Nightingale is the Chief Product Officer at Hubba, and co-editor of the Co-pour, a publicatino about modern leadership in tech. He serves on the board of the Creative Commons, and, prior to Hubba, was the general manager of the Firefox group at Mozilla. He's a dad, a feminist, and working hard to get better at both.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist he was a technology founder, having built and sold Virtual Greats, a luxury online IP rights broker, and Millions of Us, a digital agency. He has also taught high-growth technology entrepreneurship at The Next 36 to over 30 companies. Those companies have gone on to build successful products and raise millions of dollars in follow on financing.
Lassonde spent a decade in San Francisco selling and building software for Second Life, LucasArts and Electronic Arts to customers Sony, Nike, Warner Brothers, General Motors, Coke, Intel and many more Fortune 500 companies.
Mark Organ is the founder and CEO of Influitive, helping companies mobilize their advocates to produce massive increases in referral leads, reference calls, social media participation and more.
Mark first revolutionized B2B marketing as the founding CEO of Eloqua (ELOQ), the world leader in marketing automation software, which was acquired by Oracle for $871M. In between, he was a go-to-market consultant for SaaS companies in North America and Asia.
Anchor Event Partner
TWG: We’re building a company dedicated to transforming the way organizations design, develop and utilize software to achieve their missions. We believe software is the most powerful and effective tool to drive progress and our vision is a world where every organization has software in its DNA.
TGC is the hub for Canadian women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM). Proudly supporting Women of Colour, LGBTTQ2SI, and Indigenous trailblazers. We foster collaboratively designed solutions to address the barriers for diversity and equity in the technology sector. We advocate for resources, funding, private and public sector partnership opportunities to catalyze joint programs.
The DMZ at Ryerson University is the leading business incubator for tech startups in Canada. We help startups build world class businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. For us, this means creating an environment where you can focus on scaling your business. As an integral pillar of scalability, The DMZ is fully committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse community of innovators that will help shape the future of Canadian technology and prosperity.
For more event information please contact Kara Melton (email@example.com)
**Food and drinks will be served**