Hive WR Meetup #7

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Date(s) - Wed, Nov 21, 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm


We’ve rounded up a unique roster of speakers for this event. You’ll get to hear from Joanne Atlee who will be speaking about the Technovation Challenge, Paula Hutchison will be speaking about the WE ACT initiative which is geared towards the creation of a more progressive and diverse engineering profession, Leanne Kerford will be talking about how software development can be unintentionally exclusionary, and Sharon Kennedy will be talking about how she built Women and Color with a volunteer-only team and how they’ve tried to make their organization as inclusive as possible (including where they went wrong)!


6:30pm – Doors open for mingling and light refreshments
7:00pm – Speaker presentations
8:00pm – conversations
9:00pm – depart

Special thanks to MappedIn for hosting us in their new Albert St digs!

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More about our speakers

Joanne Atlee

Joanne is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Her work has focused on computer-aided tools and techniquest for analyzing software requirements and specifications using model checkers and other tools.

She is the Director of the Women in Computer Science (WICS) initiative in the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Joanne will be speaking about the Technovation Challenge. Technovation is the world’s largest international tech entrepreneurship competition for girls. The program offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year, Technovation challenges girls from 10 to 18 to build a business plan and mobile app that will address a community problem. Since 2009, more than 15,000 girls have participated from more than 100 countries.


Paula Hutchison

Paula is a Senior Engineer with Geosyntec Consultants, an engineering firm that works with clients in a diverse range of regulatory environments. Her work focuses on environmental due diligence for brownfields and has conducted and managed a range of projects for private and public-sector clients in a many areas including electrical and chemical manufacturing and property redevelopment. She is a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Environment Task Force and the Women in Engineering Advocacy Committee (WE ACT).

Paula will be speaking about the WE ACT initiative which is geared towards the creation of a more progressive and diverse engineering profession by encouraging the full participation of women in the profession. The WE ACT initiative encourages more Ontario women to study engineering at the post-secondary level; to consider engineering as a career and to pursue licensure as professional engineers; and to take on leadership roles in the workplace and within the governance structure of the engineering profession.

Leanne Kerford

Leanne Kerford is a Software Engineer at Square who enjoys learning how to sew in her free time. She graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Computer Engineering, and loves spending time away from her computer at the cottage. Don’t let her calm exterior and techy job fool you, Leanne can share stories about her adventures working on a 100 year old boat and navigating the perils of mines.




Sharon Kennedy

Sharon is a multi-disciplinary software developer with over 3 years of experience as a full-stack developer and 5 years of experience in online communications and graphic design. Her past clients include prominent NGOs such as the International Labour Organization and Save the Children International, smaller organizations such as Peer 2 Peer University and Endeva, and various startups in Barcelona and Toronto. She speaks English, French, and Spanish, and is passionate about achieving meaningful impact with technology. She’s the co-founder of Nomadic Labs, a digital agency for non-profits and social enterprises, and the technical co-founder of Women and Color.

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