Women in Tech: A Panel Discussion

Let’s get technical!

Toronto is a place we call home. It’s also home to the headquarters and satellite offices of some of the world’s tech giants. For young professionals in the tech industry, the city offers a vibrant landscape of opportunities and open doors – if you can get your foot in.

Join us on March 30th at RED Academy as we assemble a panel of industry experts to hear their take on the state of the digital industries, with a focus on the evolving and diverse ways in which women can make a career in tech and how to foster a supportive workplace. The panel discussion will provide insight on workplace culture, challenges, advice, and the future.

Read more about our incredible panelists on this page. Leading up to the event, we’ll be putting the spotlight on our experts, for a one-on-one to get to know each speaker. Check back soon for those blog posts.

Interested in attending? You can buy tickets to this event here.

Thursday, March 30th, 6:30PM – 8:45PM
RED Academy
462 Wellington St W., Toronto
Tickets: 10$

Our Sponsors

This event could not be possible without the support of RED Academy. A huge thanks to RED Academy for lending us their space for this event. As a leading design and technology school, they offer full and part time classes training the next generation of tech workers. We couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate location.

We’re thrilled to have the support of Ingram Micro for this event. Not only are they the world’s largest distributor of computer and technology product with a local office in Mississauga, they also share YWiB’s value and commitment to supporting women in STEM.

Christina Truong

Web Developer + Educator + Speaker


Christina has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry as a front-end developer. As an educator, she has taught over 1000 students in college and bootcamp programs, workshops and many more with her online courses.

In her former role as Director of Curriculum for Ladies Learning Code, she overhauled the curriculum for the adult programs by creating new workshops and a part-time program. She also provided training for all lead instructors across 20+ Canadian chapters, to work towards creating inclusive and engagement learning environments.

These days, she is working independently and focused on inclusive tech education, curriculum development and technical consulting services.

Francis Li

Vice President of Information Technology


As the Vice President of Information Technology, Mr. Li manages the internal IT strategy for Softchoice while supporting all traditional IT functions including infrastructure, enterprise systems development, eCommerce, Business Intelligence and CRM. Mr. Li joined Softchoice in 2002 and progressed through various senior roles including Director of Marketing & Business Development, Director of Telesales and Director of Information Technology. In his current appointment, Mr. Li has led the cultural transformation of Softchoice’s IT Organization to become more customer-centric and business focused. Mr. Li’s initiatives include spearheading an internal customer satisfaction index as well as reorganizing the IT Department under more business oriented Centers of Excellence.

Helen Mitres

Learning Consultant & GTA focal for Women in Technology Initiatives at IBM Canada


Helen Mitres is a Senior leader with over 20 years of innovative and diverse leadership at IBM including customer and internal engagements. As a Certified IBM Learning Consultant, she is an expert advisor in the areas of Talent Management and Development with a dedication for coaching and developing human capital – all with a common goal of growing employees into top performing contributors.
Her latest passion project is leading the new IBM GTA Women in Technology Initiatives, which focuses on encouraging girls to pursue STEM school subjects, and women to pursue technology-based careers to help in closing the gap and empower young women to consider careers in STEM, ensuring Canada remains innovative and competitive today and in the future.

Heather Haslam

Senior Director
Product Marketing / Market Insights


Heather Haslam is a proven, accomplished and dynamic Marketing Leader specializing in motivating people for change and increased productivity. She’s had successes across Marketing, Sales Channel Development, Product Management, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Having spent the last 20 years working in the Communications and Technology sector, she has focused her career on translating the often technical and esoteric into something transparent and meaningful. She prides herself on not being highly technical in a very technical world, and believes technology should be in the service of people, and not the other way around. She’s driven by helping businesses in the Canadian marketplace increase innovation and competitiveness. Outside of work, she is passionate about the education of children, especially in high needs neighborhoods, both in Toronto and internationally. When she isn’t working or volunteering she’s playing with her husband and two young boys in South Etobicoke.

Lauren Steinberg

Senior Director, Marketing

Loblaw Digital

Lauren is a senior marketing leader based in Toronto, Ontario, focused on e-commerce growth, digital strategy, user experience and web technologies.
Methodical in developing expansive multi-channel marketing strategies, Lauren focuses on growth and demand generation for some of the largest e-commerce businesses in Canada. She is a natural content strategist and brand marketer with a creative eye and a hands on approach. Lauren has proven success in delivering measurable marketing results and is a driver of profitable growth by being highly focused on customer lifetime value, CAC and data driven acquisition and retention strategies. A thirst for technology paired with an entrepreneurial spirit, Lauren is passionate about people leadership and cultivating talent.