Gazheek Sinclair – Indigenous Tech Perspectives

    Gazheek Morrisseau-Sinclair remembers playing around on her dad’s Mac computer at the age of three. She grew up with an interest in technology but never considered it a serious career option until her early twenties. She was good at math however coding was considered ‘uncool’ amongst her peers. After high school, she enrolled in Education at the University …

Emily Franz-Lien – Entrepreneurship in Technology

In 2016, Emily Franz-Lien was ready for a change of scenery after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Statistics degree and a minor in Computer Science. At that point, Emily had been in University for five years and needed a break. Lee Klimpke, her boyfriend, had an engineering job and was also ready to try something new. They …

Cynthia Fortlage – Acceptance Without Understanding

Cynthia Fortlage was 50 years old when she came out and began her gender journey at her workplace. She was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at GHY International, where she’d worked for nearly three decades, and most people had interacted with her as a man. In April 2016, with the help of human resources, she came out as a transgender …

Finding a Community in University with Katharine King

When Katharine King and her team arrived at Polytechnique Montreal for the Computer Science Games (CS Games) this year, they were surprised to find out that they were the most gender-diverse team there. More than 23 teams from all over the country participate annually in the CS Games – a collegiate competition with logic puzzles, difficult algorithms, intense video game competitions, …

Mélanie Blanchet: On Climbing the IT ladder

In 2015, Mélanie Blanchet joined Ubisoft, a video game company headquartered in Paris, with studios and offices in over 40 locations. She interned at Ubisoft Montreal as part of an Information Technology program she was taking at the time. A month before her internship ended, she was hired full-time. It was a huge office and her department alone was made …