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Activating Allyship

Hosted by Careers in Technology and Innovation
Past Event
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About Event

In this International Women's day celebration, we will dive into practical examples of allyship in action, illustrating its vital role in enriching workplace culture and benefiting all who are involved.

This session is more than just a conversation; it's a call to action. We'll emphasize that allyship requires active engagement and the importance of taking concrete steps to make a positive impact on others. We will be sharing examples of allyship in action.

Open to everyone, from seasoned experts to those new to the tech industry, this event is a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and methods to advocate for diversity and inclusion in our field. In particular, we are encouraging men to join this conversation.

We encourage everyone to participate in this dynamic discussion, as we collectively strive to build a tech environment where diversity is celebrated.

Panelists include:
- Darla Bodnarchuk, CTO, Krux Analytics
- Lana Bentley, Director, Organizational Strategy, YW Calgary
- Marjorie Junio-Read CFO, Helcim
- Spencer Goldade, Director of Product Experience ZayZoon

Note that light refreshments will be served (thanks to Helcim). Please eat lunch before or after you join, or bring it with you!

The Open Learning Lab is located on the 4th floor of Tower 2 of Bow Valley Square (NE Tower). Simply go to the 4th floor and you will be greeted at the elevator.

The event starts at 11:30, with the panel taking place from 12:00 - 12:50.

This event is presented by: Blue Spark Energy, Careers In Technology and Innovation, Copperleaf Technologies Inc., Helcim and S4A IT Solutions and YW Calgary.

Panelist Bios Below:

Darla Bodnarchuk
Never one to sit still, Darla was drawn to the tech industry because there is always something new to learn and new challenges to overcome. She came to Krux armed with broad experience executing software and technology projects in varied industries across Canada. With an eye for detail and a drive for constant improvement, she delivers products with both excellent User Experience and optimized functionality. In addition to her Bachelor’s Degrees in both Engineering Physics and Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan, Darla also completing an MBA from Queen’s University Smith School of Business.

Lana Bentley
Lana Bentley is the Director of Organizational Strategy at YW Calgary. Prior to joining YW, Lana worked with Alberta Health Services where she spent most of her time in child and adolescent mental health. Lana has been a part-time faculty member at Mount Royal University since 2009. Lana shares her time with Youth Central Calgary and the Calgary Black Chambers.  A loyal but often disappointed fan of the Toronto Raptors, she enthusiastically watches every televised Raptors’ game (much to the frustration of everyone in her household).

Marjorie Junio-Read
Marjorie Junio-Read is the Chief Financial Officer at Helcim, a payments company that delivers an easier, smarter, and more affordable payment experience with a human touch. 

As CFO, she is responsible for the finance and accounting functions which includes Helcim’s day-to-day funding operations to its merchants as a payments company. 

Before joining Helcim, Marjorie gained over 10 years of experience with a multinational public company, including corporate finance, cash management, budgeting, accounting, and controls. She holds a degree in finance from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) ® Charterholder. Marjorie was recognized for her impact in the payments industry with the 2020 Women in Payments Inspiration Award and as one of The Peak's 2022 Emerging Leaders.

Spender Goldade
Personally, Spencer is a married, vegetarian, cat-dad, and friend to animals (except wasps: he's allergic). He's also very picky about waffles.

Professionally, Spencer leads teams in the product and service world, keenly focused on operational efficiency, team maturity, and customer empathy. He also makes games and writes fiction on the side.

Open Learning Lab
Bow Valley Square, 205 5 Ave SW Suite 400, Tower 2, Calgary, AB T2P 3G6, Canada
4th Floor in the NorthEast Tower of Bow Valley Square (Tower 2)
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