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Tapping into Technology HR

Project Intersections Waterloo Region

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Tapping into Technology HR

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It’s been a year since we’ve kicked off the Waterloo Chapter for Women in Technology at the Tannery where over 200 WIT came together, generated incredible energy and started something amazing! And we’re still growing! Thank you for spreading the word so that we can continue to build an enduring and connected grassroots community for women in tech.

To celebrate and to continue our efforts to support you, we invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 for an evening with hiring experts from the technology sector who will bring a 360 degree view of the tech job market.

You'll have an opportunity to meet each of these extraordinary panelists, to network with other women in technology and to connect with our Waterloo Board.


Jennifer Smith, P. Eng. | Vice President, Global Engineering, Christie Digital
Role on Panel: Technology Hiring ManagerJennifer Smith, Christie Digital
Will Discuss: What do you look for in a candidate filling a technical role?

As Vice President of Global Engineering Jennifer Smith is constantly seeking ways to push past the limitations of today’s technology by providing the vision, strategy and drive needed to advance Christie Digital’s products and systems into the vanguard of the industry. She leads and inspires a cross-disciplinary team of engineering professionals to develop award winning projection and display solutions. Jennifer enjoys creating a positive and constructive environment that promotes learning and cooperation in both business and academia. This is reflected in her ardent support of community & national programs that promote the pursuit of career choices in science and technology, and her participation in both the University of Waterloo’s outreach programs for women in engineering and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement. Jennifer is a licensed Professional Engineer and a graduate of McGill University's faculty of engineering where she completed her studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Paul Doherty | Director of International Entrepreneurship at University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
Role on Panel: EntrepreneurPaul Doherty, University of Waterloo
Will Discuss: How to create your own job

Paul has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. He has significant experience in addressing complex technological issues and acting as a catalyst for technology and business development. Paul has extensive experience in business development, commercialization, and project management in both industry and academic settings, with direct experience in developing and implementing commercialization strategies for early-stage technologies, mainly in advanced materials and nanotechnology. Before becoming the Director of International Entrepreneurship at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, Paul was the Director at Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CBET), Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo and an Assistant Professor at the School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Lois Raats, MEd CCC BCC | Business Growth Consultant, Ready2Grow Associates
Role on Panel: Networking Expert and Career Coach
Lois Raats, Ready2Grow AssociatesWill Discuss: Strategies for how to present yourself and how to take advantage of networking opportunities 

Over the last 25 years, Lois has helped close to 4,000 individuals and organizations to achieve results by leveraging their natural strengths and abilities. Lois has worked as a counselor, coach and consultant with people from virtually every size of company and every market sector, including insurance, banking and financial services, high tech, government and non-profit, manufacturing, and retail. She loves to help business owners and managers craft a compelling vision, set effective goals, increase time and energy, boost motivation and confidence, build a strong team, and get things done.

Kristina MacDougall | Laudi Group, Director of Recruitment, Southwestern Ontario
Role on Panel: Third Party Recruiter
Kristina MacDougall, Laudi GroupWill Discuss: How to get your resume noticed and get past the phone interview

Recruiting is about solving organizational problems - one interaction at a time. Whether discussing career goals with candidates or building teams with clients, Kristina loves connecting great people with great companies. And she has a knack for it. She spent the early part of her career in executive search, followed by a four-year stint in software sales and consulting. The Laudi Group's solid team, technology focus and integrity made Kristina's return to recruiting an easy choice. She continues to develop The Laudi Group's business in the Waterloo Region, managing critical senior level searches for clients. She is continually in awe of the talent and leadership in this region, and it is her goal to help these pioneers continue to shape the region's technology landscape. What makes for a good search firm isn't much different from what makes a winning technology company: surround yourself with intelligent, capable people, and success will follow.

Allison Mitchell, CHRP | Desire2Learn, Senior Recruiter
Role on Panel: Tech Company HR
Allison Mitchell, Desire2LearnWill Discuss: What HR looks for in tech skills and culture fit

With more than 10 years of Human Resources experience in a high tech environment, Allison is responsible for Desire2Learn's recruitment and selection strategy for both technical and non-technical positions, internationally. Prior to her current role, she held several positions within DALSA’s Human Resources department, where she had responsibility over the areas of recruitment & selection, benefits, compensation, budget, health and safety, and employee relations. Allison also volunteers her time in the community. She spent 2 years as a member of the Public Relations Committee for the Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association and is currently sharing her recruiting experience with students by visiting high schools to talk about cover letter and resume writing, as well as interview skills.

About CanWIT Waterloo Region

CanWIT Waterloo Region’s vision is to inspire, support and empower women in technology personally, professionally and together as a community. For additional information on our chapter, or to get involved, please contact the board at To stay in the know about all our events, like us on Facebook, join our group on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and follow hashtags #WatWIT and #CanWIT!

Have questions about Tapping into Technology HR? Contact Project Intersections Waterloo Region
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When & Where

Tannery Event Centre
151 Charles St W
Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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Project Intersections Waterloo Region

Project Intersections is a monthly series of intimate, curated symposia, each on a single in-depth topic. Speakers come from all walks of life and all fields. Our goal is to engender meaningful conversation about ideas and work happening in our world right now, and to build an invested, connected and thinking community in Waterloo Region.

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