Abstracts & Speaker Biographies
Margaret Ann Armour
Women into Computing Science : Make It Happen
Why is it important to have gender diversity in computing science? What are the reasons why fewer women than men are choosing this profession? We will explore some of the answers to these questions and consider actions which we can take to make change happen.
Margaret-Ann Armour was educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Alberta and joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 1979. Her research was into the handling and disposal of small quantities of hazardous chemical waste. Since 2005, she has been Associate Dean of Science, Diversity.
For many years, she has been active in encouraging women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering, co-founding Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, WISEST, at the University of Alberta in 1982. Currently, she is chair of the board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering Trades and Technology, the WinSETT Centre.
Dr. Armour has received a number of awards for her work including a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, being twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 2006. She has 6 honorary degrees.
#ShePersisted: A Retrospective on my 20 Year Career in Tech
This year I celebrate 20 years in the tech industry, and what a ride it has been! In this no-holds barred session, I will share my experiences on what it was like for a woman in tech, long before diversity and inclusion initiatives were top of mind. I will discuss the obstacles I encountered, missteps that were made, and lessons learned along the way. At the end of it all, you will walk away with an understanding and appreciation for the adversity that you may still be faced with today, and how you can be an advocate for change to make the industry more welcoming and inclusive for all.
Lori Lalonde is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft Canada, an Apress author, blogger, and international conference speaker. Although her career began in 1997, her love of technology dates back to her early childhood. Lori would spend countless hours teaching herself how to program using BASIC on a Commodore 64, and playing video games on an Atari 2600. She was a gamer girl before there was a name for it. In her spare time, Lori enjoys being involved in her community, serving as the lead organizer for Canada's Technology Triangle .NET User Group and participating in local Women in Technology groups.
Code in Canadian Children's Education
How is Canada integrating digital skills learning into children's education? What are the challenges and opportunities? Since 2013, Kids Code Jeunesse has worked with over 25,000 children and 3000 teachers, and works with various levels of government across the country to help integrate coding into the classroom. Canada has made great advances in the past 4 years - do we have much further to go?
Founder and Executive Director, Kids Code Jeunesse
Kate is fierce supporter of children’s education in digital skills and entrepreneurship. She is founder and executive director of Kids Code Jeunesse, a not for profit dedicated to bringing computer programming to children and teachers across Canada. Kids Code Jeunesse also represents Code Club Canada, which is part of the international organization, Raspberry Pi. Kate is a mentor and coach with Technovation, an international app competition for girls. She sits on the board of directors of Compucorps, an Ottawa-based charity dedicated to training indigenous youth with tech skills. She is also on the board of directors of the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums, which focuses on volunteerism in museums across Canada.
Kate Arthur is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year Award, Women in Communication and Technology, Canada. She is a recipient of the 2015 Tech Girls Canada Portraits of Strength and 2015 YES Women in Tech Role Model.