Past Events

Our International Women's Day 2021 celebration was March 6th and 7th!

The WTM Wpg Ambassador volunteer quartet hosted 2 exciting afternoons filled with networking, 8 sessions, and 10 inspiring expert leaders utilizing the virtual networking platform Airmeet.

Our expert trail blazing guest speakers:

Topics covered themes such as diversity & inclusion, neurodiversity & LGBTQ+, female entrepreneurship, female leadership, and many more!

Adrian Cheater

CTO, Complex Games

https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-cheater-2708b71a4/

Adrian is the co-founder of Complex Games, Winnipeg’s oldest independent video game studio. A 20 year veteran of the games industry, she has worked with companies like Disney, Hasbro, and Games Workshop to bring their properties to mobile platforms. Outside of work she explores how code can be beautiful, with a focus on live coding music and LED fashion.

Margaux Miller

Host & Producer, Start Canada Podcast & Head of Community for Toptal

https://www.linkedin.com/in/margauxmiller/

Margaux Miller is the new Head of Community at Toptal - an exclusive and fully remote network of the top freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product and project managers in the world. She connects experts through networking events, pro bono work, mentorship programs, and more.

Elise Birkhofer

Googler, Global Head of Women's Community & Programs

https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisebirkhofer/

Elise is the Global Head of Women’s community and Programs at Google. She oversees initiatives to develop, advance and retain women, and to create a more inclusive culture at the company. This includes talent programs, community-building, and management of Women@Google, our largest Employee Resource Group with 30,000 members and 120 chapters around the globe.

Joelle Foster

CEO, North Forge Technology Exchange

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joellefoster/

Joelle is known as a spirited activist for entrepreneurship in Canada. In February 2020, she became the CEO for North Forge Technology Exchange in Winnipeg, an organization of which she was a founding board member in 2015. North Forge is recognized as the innovation partner for the Province of Manitoba.

Avelia Stewart

Ex- Googler, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Western Financial

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aveliastewart/

Avelia Stewart serves as the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Lead at Western Financial Group. In her role, she is responsible for guiding and scaling Western’s inclusion strategy and diversity initiatives. Since joining Western in late 2020, Avelia has been focused on ensuring the availability and access to data to inform Western’s D&I multi-year strategy.

Sheila Harris

Senior Digital Transformation Consultant, Capstone Ridge Group

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheila-harris-20887021/

Sheila Harris is an experienced Management Consultant, Business Architect, Project Manager, and Change Management Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of IT solutions to meet business requirements. She has successfully deployed IT solutions in Health Care, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Public Insurance, Municipal Utilities, and Digital Agriculture industries with specialization in system selection, initiation, development,, and business adoption

Gwen Halchuk

Inspirational Speaker & Self Development Coach, gwenhalchuk.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwen-halchuk-5196821a3/

I am a lifelong learner, passionate about developing others and uncovering untapped potential within others. My optimistic disposition balanced with my inherent need for root cause enables me to bring forth strategic plans that are creative and forward thinking. On a lifelong journey of self-awareness and growth, I aim to help others succeed and grow and live life to the fullest both personally and professionally.

Vanesa Cotlar

Director of People Operations

https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanesa-cotlar/

Vanesa is a strategic leader who spends her days as the Director of People Operations at iQmetrix. Her past experiences include working for Monitor Deloitte Canada where she provided strategic guidance to some of the world's largest companies and building the Winnipeg talent ecosystem with Economic Development Winnipeg. Vanesa has worked in over 15 countries, and has a unique understanding of how different markets operate and how people have found success in them.

Shannon Leppky

Professional and Personal Leadership Coach, Red Chair Coaching

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-leppky-seecoaching/

Shannon helps professional women see their strengths and own their successes so they can create change for themselves and others. She creates the safe and trusted space of Red Chair, where women find themselves doing deep, personal leadership work that many say is transformational. Shannon’s coaching certifications include the Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and a Certification in Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching (EFLC). She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)

Diana Olynick

Magazine Founder and Startup Investor

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianaolynick/

Diana Olynick is an engineer by profession, magazine founder & business systems strategist. With more than 10 years of experience working as a consultant with small and medium size businesses, helping them to implement Strategic Management Systems, she went from moving to another country to practice engineering with challenging daily schedules between 12-24 hours to the regrets of not being able to successfully fulfill her role as a professional and as a mother at the same time.

Pam Grahame

Principal, Shop Floor Leadership

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pam-grahame/

Pam is a customer centric facilitator who has spent the last 25 years working in the Steel Industry. Her professional career has focused on challenging barriers, to support an inclusive environment where creativity and collaboration can make the difference. Her company, Shop Floor Leadership (SFL) was created to challenge people to be better, show up when it matters with courage and resilience. SFL offers Facilitation, Coaching and Leadership Training to support success.

Online Event!

Overcoming Challenges

On Dec 2nd, Sheila Harris, Senior Digital Transformation Consultant with Capstone Ridge Group, chatted with us about overcoming challenges with easy to implement strategies to bring up confidence and alleviate imposter syndrome.

Registration was free!

Online Event!

Job & Salary Negotiation Skills During COVID-19 and Beyond

With Vanesa Cotlar,
Workforce Development Leader at iQmetrix


On Thursday, September 24th, 2020, 7pm to 8pm CST, this engaging virtual event discussed salary and negotiation skills and techniques which helped our tech community land that new job or that promotion they've been working hard towards.

We covered all of these plus much more: how to negotiate for more for a new job or in your current role; how to clearly communicate your expectations; guidance on how to answer some of those tough questions faced in a negotiation; and how to strategically present your thoughts while keeping everything in perspective.

The Ann Arbor, Winnipeg, Detroit, Windsor Google Developer Groups (GDGs) along with GDG's across Canada were excited to work together to host our first GDG Great North DevFest on Saturday, Oct 17, 2020.

DevFests are Google sponsored software developer conferences that allow the local software development community to come together to network and learn about the coolest new technology out there.

[ONLINE] AMP Study Jam - Web Development Beginning Course with Ben Morss

We hosted a special online AMP Study Jam in conjunction with GDG Memphis, GDG Miami, GDG Cloud Fredericton, WTM Toronto and GDG Columbia Meetup!

WTM International Women's Day

#IWD2020 #inspiringdiversityintech

We launched the first edition of the International Women’s Day (IWD'20) sponsored by New Media Manitoba, Google, Google Firebase, 365 Technologies Inc., Red River College, SkipTheDishes, Ubisoft Winnipeg, IC Group, Code Ninjas Winnipeg, and Online Business Solutions on March 7th, 2020 from 9am to 5pm CST.

It was a great event with several speakers and activities to celebrate women's achievements and all of the amazing women in our lives! The theme of 2020 was:

"Inspiring Diversity in Tech"

Our goal is to create spaces where women in tech can find community, inspiration, and empowerment.

We thank everyone who was able to come out to celebrate with us! Registration was full 2 weeks ahead of the event and had a waitlist of about 25 people at any given time.

Guest Speakers

We are so grateful to all of our speakers for their time and expertise:

Mary Lobson

Executive Director, EVA Manitoba

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-lobson-aa4472157/

Mary Lobson is the Founding Director of EVA Manitoba (Ending Violence Across Manitoba Inc.)
whose mission is to promote the collaboration and coordination of programs, organizations
and government that work to end gender-based violence in Manitoba. Mary’s connection to
the technology sector began in 2009 and since then she has been developing and delivering
training on the intersection of technology and domestic violence. Mary is a member of the
Gender Equality Network Canada, a board member of the Ending Violence Association of
Canada and a member of the Maven Project Leadership Council through Tech Manitoba."

https://www.endingviolencemanitoba.org/

Barbara Wasilewski

Executive Director, Manitoba Health

https://www.linkedin.com/in/barb-c-wasilewski/

Accomplished and passionate senior health care leader with proven success in achieving results affecting diverse clients throughout the province of Manitoba. My strong interpersonal and facilitation skills help organizations successfully build and manage complex, strategic partnerships with various sectors resulting in successfully executed strategic plans. I have been consistently recognized for my integrity and ability to set priorities effectively and for my excellent communication, negotiation, analytical skills, particularly in times of change and uncertainty. I also have decades of proven results in building highly engaged and productive work teams. I am a very energetic and dedicated individual who always enjoys new challenges. I have a solid reputation as a strong performer and leader.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/

Giulliana Viana

Project Management Office Lead, IC Group

www.linkedin.com/in/giulliana-viana-24604350

Master of Science in Information, Innovation, and Technology Management. 13 years experienced in teaching graduate and undergraduate IT Management related courses. She has worked as a Continuous Improvement and Innovation Senior Analyst for Accenture Brazil - proposing and implementing improvements in Accenture's and Avanade's Delivery Center, and as subject matter expert for CMMI and IT best practices. Lean evangelist. She has trained developers, scrum masters, project managers and product owners in Agile and Lean methodologies and supported their implementation. In Canada, worked as a Lead Business/Systems Analyst in Canada Life's Robotic Process Automation Centre of Excellence; currently works as Project Management Office Lead at IC Group and teaches Management and Organizational Theory at Asper School of Business - University of Manitoba.

https://www.icgroupinc.com/

Sharon O'Leary

Owner, That O'Leary Girl Inc. Consulting Services

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-o-leary-917a948/

Sharon O’Leary is a Winnipeg born IT professional, business owner, Integral Master Coach™, artist, dynamo.

Owner of That O’Leary Girl Inc., she has worked in the technology sector for 20 years specializes in technical lead engagements in Project Management, Organizational Change Management and Master Coaching. Sharon also runs heArt Sourced Artworks where she creates visual art for sale and teaches personal and intimate art classes held in her studio in a 100-year-old warehouse in the historic Winnipeg Exchange district.

Certified as an Integral Master Coach™ (Integral Coaching Canada Inc.) she also offers creatively impactful coaching services and inspiring classes that help build sustained change and realization of her clients’ deepest goals and possibilities. Promoting the practice of being in the “joy” and presence of the moment in a technical environment is Sharon’s Superpower.

Using her life and work experience with a deep curiosity and call to service to leverage and enhance inspired human beings, her aim is to incite a powered up "you" and elevate your authentic expression, giving you the freedom and space to grow and expand possibility to deeper, amazing work.

Ana Paula de Oliveira

Dev Ops Lead, IC Group

https://www.linkedin.com/in/apoliveira1/

Ana has over one decade of working in delivery and operation management to get to where she is today, working as DevOps Lead in IC Group - Winnipeg. She is passionate about improving work-time quality and continuous learning. Her skills include DevOps, SRE, Product Management, Project and Program Management, Service Delivery and Operation Management.

https://www.icgroupinc.com/

Margaux Miller

Program Director, Tech Manitoba

https://www.linkedin.com/in/margauxmiller/

Margaux oversees all of Tech Manitoba’s industry training and events, supporting digital literacy, parity for women in tech, and developing youth and talent for the tech sector. Through the DigitALL program, she works province-wide to deliver digital literacy training to K-12 educators, as well as adults in remote areas and from under-represented populations. Prior to joining Tech Manitoba, she managed the acquisition of a tech start-up in facial recognition and people tracking technology.

Margaux is the producer and co-host of Start Podcast, where she interviews the founders of start-ups from the Canadian Prairies.

She is community-minded and has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations. In 2017, Margaux’s community involvement was honoured with the Future Leader of Manitoba award. Margaux currently splits her volunteer time between the development committee of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the community relations committee for Manitoba 150.

In her spare time, she is an avid soccer player and golfer, and enjoys hiking and exploring Manitoba and abroad.

www.techmanitoba.ca

www.startpodcast.ca

Alyson Shane

President, Starling Social

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alysonshane/

Alyson Shane is a writer and business owner from Winnipeg with 17 years experience publishing content online. She owns a digital marketing agency called Starling Social and a startup called HeyAlfa. A passionate communicator, Alyson serves as the Communications Director for TEDxWinnipeg and gives dozens of talks and workshops focused on marketing strategy each year.

https://www.starling.social/

Alex Astrum

Google Software Engineer, Firebase

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex0a/

Software Engineer with 10+ years of web/mobile development experience.

Enjoying Firebase, Angular, Flutter & good design.

Outside work – music, surfing & festivals.

https://firebase.google.com/

Sheila Harris

Head of Business Transformation, Farmers Edge

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheila-harris-20887021/

Sheila Harris is an experienced Business Architect, Project Manager, and Change Management Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of IT solutions to meet business requirements. She has successfully deployed IT solutions in HealthCare, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Public Insurance, Municipal Utilities, and Digital Agriculture industries with specialization in the area of system initiation, development, deployment, and adoption. She started her career as a software
developer and has worked in Information Technology as a Senior IT Consultant specializing in business transformation projects for nearly a decade, prior to joining Farmers Edge as the Head of Business Transformation.

https://www.farmersedge.ca/

Cloud Jam Study, Hosted by SkipTheDishes

Nov 23th, 2019

Our Cloud Study Jam had hands-on experience with machine learning as it applies to language processing. Everyone learned how to extract entities from text, and perform sentiment and syntactic analysis as well as use the Speech to Text API for transcription.

After the Study Jam, everyone who attended received 30-days free access to the entire Qwiklabs catalogue, so they could keep developing their skills at home. If they completed all of the labs in the session’s quest, they earned an additional free month of access to Qwiklabs as well as a badge for your online profile.

A laptop and charger (PC, Mac or Chromebook) was required. The labs ran on all of the latest versions of popular browsers. For their best experience, everyone had Firefox or Chrome installed on their laptop.

Agenda:

  • 10:00 am Registration & Snacks
  • 10:15 am Get free access to Qwiklabs
  • 10:30 am Lab 1: Getting started with AI Platform
  • 11:30 pm Lab 2: Google Cloud Speech API
  • 12:00 pm Lunch/Break
  • 12:30 pm Lab 3: Cloud Natural Language API
  • 1:20 pm Lab 4: Entity and Sentiment Analysis with the Natural Language API
  • 2:10 pm Lab 5: Speech to Text Transcription with the Cloud Speech API
  • 2:45 pm Celebration and Prize announcements
  • Ruby on Rails

    August 10th, 2019

    Women Techmakers (WTM) Winnipeg was excited to bring Stefanie Melo to talk about Ruby on Rails.

    Level: Any

    About our speaker: Stefanie Melo is a Software Developer from Bold.

    Venue: University of Manitoba Engineer Build E3

    Schedule

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Networking, Snacks and Refreshments
  • 10:30 - 10:40 WTM program presentation, invite people to be part of our community
  • 10:40 - 11:30 Talk
  • 11:30 - 11:40 QA
  • 11:40 - 12:00 Networking
  • Transferable Tech Skills

    Hosted by SkipTheDishes

    Women Techmakers (WTM) Winnipeg was super excited to run their first event! Kristina Irvine from SkipTheDishes talked about Transferable Tech Skills.

    Level: Any

    When? June 25th, 2019.

    Schedule:

    6:00 - 6:30 Networking, Snacks and Refreshments

    6:30 - 6:40 WTM program presentation, invite people to be part of our community

    6:40 - 7:10 Talk:

    7:10 - 7:20 QA;

    7:20 - 7:45 Networking

    About our speaker:
    Kristina Irvine is a SR Talent Acquisition from SkipTheDishes.
    Venue: Skip Social Hub (140 Bannatyne Avenue)

    Sponsors:
    SkipTheDiskes

    We're VERY excited to announce our first episode
    on UMulticultural Channel!

    Women Techmakers Winnipeg is in the studio! Great interview about the role of women in tech. Check this out online and at Shaw Spotlight!

    Event Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy

    Women Techmakers (WTM) Winnipeg is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Women Techmakers Winnipeg takes violations of our policy seriously and will respond appropriately.

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    This policy is based on and influenced by several other community policies including Ohio LinuxFest Anti-Harassment policy, Con Anti-Harassment Project, Geek Feminism Wiki (created by the Ada Initiative), ConfCodeofConduct.com, JSconf, Rust, Diversity in Python, and Write/Speak/Code.

    License and attribution

    This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.
    This policy is based on and influenced by several other community policies including Ohio LinuxFest Anti-Harassment policy, Con Anti-Harassment Project, Geek Feminism Wiki (created by the Ada Initiative), ConfCodeofConduct.com, JSconf, Rust, Diversity in Python, and Write/Speak/Code.

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