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The Rise of Women in Tech Leadership

presented by Google Cloud

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Google CloudThe Rise of Women in Tech Leadership
presented by Google Cloud

Tech has a gender problem. For every four men working in tech, there’s just one woman. That disparity is even higher in executive roles, where women make up only 19 per cent of senior vice-presidents and 15 per cent of CEOs. This is a gap we simply can’t ignore – not just because gender diversity is the right thing to do, but because it has very real impact on employee engagement, talent acquisition, customer satisfaction, decision-making and even returns.

Here’s the good news: more creates more. More women in tech creates more benefits to organizations. Today’s women tech executives fight an uphill battle, but they also set an example and pave the way for the tomorrow’s tech leaders. That’s why it’s so important for us to come together to talk about our challenges, explore the impact we make and identify what we can do next to bridge those gaps.

If you’re an executive woman in tech looking to boost gender representation at your organization, this event is for you! Join us for a morning of an inspiring keynote, panel discussion and networking session sure to help you:

  • Learn how to guide your organization through change with courage, curiosity and confidence
  • Understand the hurdles your female employees are facing – and learn how to overcome them
  • Navigate (and change) processes and cultures that are exclusionary to women
  • Discover ways we can be better role models for future generations of talent


8:30-9:15 Breakfast, Registration, Networking

9:15-9:20 Opening Remarks

9:20-10:35 Panel Discussion

10:35-10:50 Q&A

10:50-11:10 Breakout Session

11:10-11:35 Networking & Coffee Break

11:35-12:05 Keynote

12:05-12:15 Session Summary & Closing Remarks

12:15-1:00pm Extended Networking


Tara AkhavanTara Akhavan, Ph.D
Founder and CTO – IRYStec

Tara Akhavan, Ph.D. is a visionary award-winner technology entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of Perceptual Display Processing for the consumer and automotive industry. She is the founder and CTO of IRYStec a Series-A Montreal based start-up in the display industry. She has raised and has helped with raising over $8M in Angel and VC funding. Prior to founding IRYStec, she was awarded for scaling an Operations and Maintenance Center (OMC) product in the Telecommunications industry, all the way from analysis and design to deployment in a 3GPP mobile network with 20 Million subscribers. Tara obtained a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Image Processing and Computer Vision from Vienna University of Technology. Tara is the Canadian Committee member for International Committee for Illumination (CIE) and the Marketing Vice-Chair for the Society of Information Displays (SID). Tara has been recognized as an Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 by EY as well as the founder of top 20 Innovative start-ups in Canada in 2018 by CIX, the Canadian’s Largest Investor Conference.

Rim CharkaniRim Charkani
C0-founder and CEO, WALO

Rim Charkani is the co-founder and CEO of WALO, a fintech on a mission to ensure the financial health of future generations. Rim has more than 7 years of experience in corporate strategy in the financial services sector. She has worked with senior executives to define, plan and execute on their customer and growth strategies, in North America, Africa, Europe, and Australia. Prior to founding WALO, Rim has held multiple key roles such as senior corporate strategy advisor at the Desjardins Group, Strategy Consulting manager at KPMG Canada, and Digital Consulting manager at KPMG Australia. Rim holds an MBA in Information Technology Management from Laval University and a Master’s degree in Management from EDHEC Business School (France).

Caroline CyrCaroline Cyr
CEO & Founder, Caroline Cyr Consulting

Caroline has over 20 years of experience as an HR executive in the professional services and high-tech sectors and holds a degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology.  She is currently the CEO & Founder of a consulting group that provides organizations customized solutions to attract and retain tech talent within a talent shortage context.  She also provides executive coaching services to Directors, VPs and CXs who wish to evolve their leadership style from an industrial approach to a digital one in a diverse and inclusive professional environment. Caroline is known to be an “out-of-the-box” creative builder, a collaborative partner that consistently delivers on targeted objectives, and a visionary on how the “People Aspects” of a business should be treated, designed and deployed. https://www.carolinecyr.com

Vanessa HenriVanessa Henri
Associate – Fasken

Vanessa Henri works with emerging growth organizations to help them articulate a data protection strategy and information security objectives as part of an efficient business plan. She brings value and a competitive edge to data-driven organizations by helping them to manage their legal risks, enhance consumers trust and fast-forward the adoption of disruptive technologies. She has an extensive experience negotiating and drafting tech agreements with data governance implications, and enjoy working with entrepreneurs to build contractual structures that reflect their business strategies. Vanessa is fascinated by ethical innovation, the economic value of trust, and nurturing purpose-driven organizations. https://www.fasken.com/en/vanessa-henri

Rowena RoyRowena Roy
Head of Business Development – Breathe Life

Rowena Roy signed her first B2B deal at 25 and Co-Founded a SaaS company following it. She has over 15 years of experience in digital transformation and is recognized for her strong leadership, business development skills and creative thinking. She is Head of Business Development at Breathe Life an InsurTech SaaS platform that is reshaping the way financial products are sold and purchased. She is excited to be part of the digital transformation the insurance industry is going through as she has had the privilege to advise leaders of various sectors on this matter since 2001. Mom to two young girls, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from HEC Montréal.

Keynote Speaker:

To be announced.


Loews Hôtel Vogue
1425 rue de la Montagne
Florence Room
Montréal, QC H3G 1Z3

The Rise of Women in Tech – presented by Google Cloud

Google Cloud

April 15, 2020
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Montreal, QC
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Membershow details + $75.00 (CAD)  
Non-Membershow details + $95.00 (CAD)