International Women’s Day, Microsoft is hosting AI Business School workshops
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Microsoft is hosting AI Business School workshops for women and their allies across the country on March 6 th , 2020.
These events aim to enable participants to think strategically and holistically about the role of AI in their organization and support them in adopting tools and frameworks that can truly drive change in their organizations.
In addition to focusing on the latest advancements in technology, the Toronto event will also explore opportunities for inclusion in AI. The workshop features learning sessions, networking opportunities and a panel discussion featuring influential women working in technology and artificial intelligence to discuss innovations in AI, their career journeys and closing the gender skills gap.
This year, according to ICTC, we can expect 200,000 tech jobs to go unfilled in Canada and by 2022, 27 percent of total jobs will be new. We cannot address a skills gap of this magnitude without tapping into underrepresented groups and we also have an obligation to ensure that the opportunities made possible by the digital economy are open to everyone. This means that there has to be a purposeful effort to upskill underrepresented communities to build a diverse and inclusive workforce with the skills needed to thrive in the evolving digital economy.
The ‘Each for Equal’ panel discussion at the workshop will highlight the challenges and opportunities when it comes to upskilling and explore the gender disparity in the field of AI.
When: February 20, 2020 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: The Everleigh, 580 King St. West
Panelists include: Elias Demangos, President of Fortigo Freight Services, Helen Kontozopoulos, Co-Founder, ODAIA.ai, Dr. Catherine Kreatsoulas, MSc., PhD., Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Matty Tsoumaris, Partner, Honeycomb Hospitality Group Inc.
Moderator: Gina Alexandris, Senior Director, Law Practice Program, Ryerson University.
This is has started out to be an amazing year, I am really excited to be joining the start-up program in Silicon Valley this year!
The Canadian Consulate in Palo Alto has partnered with BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund to host the 2020 Women in Tech Silicon Valley Program. The program runs from February 25-27, 2020 and is tailor-made to help promising Canadian women-led companies accelerate their growth.
“Congratulations to the 12 Canadian women-led tech companies that are turning innovative ideas into thriving businesses,” said the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. “Our government wants to help support more success stories like these ones, which is why we created Canada’s first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. Through this strategy, we create national networks of support and mentorship and invest in financing opportunities, just like BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund.”
The 12 tech companies selected are women-led with proven business traction in their industry:
“For tech companies with global ambitions, Silicon Valley is a fantastic location to make connections and seize market opportunities,” said Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco. “Our goal is to bring women-led companies to San Francisco and Silicon Valley for an intensive three-day program that helps propel their growth and expand their network.”
The agenda for the three-day intense in-market program is designed to support the needs of the 12 companies selected. The companies will receive direct introductions and one-on-one meetings with, potential investors and strategic partners, participate in forums with local peers to share best practices, receive advice from local experts, and benefit from other networking opportunities.
“Our mandate is to support and grow great women tech leaders,” said Michelle Scarborough, Managing Partner, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund, BDC Capital. “What we have heard repeatedly from our portfolio and the ecosystem is they need help making strategic connections outside of Canada, so we are glad to be working with the Canadian Government to help propel the growth of women-led tech companies and to inspire more women to play strong leadership roles in tech.”
BDC has made it a priority to support the growth and success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of their business, through access to financing and capital, advice and resources. The $200 million Women in Technology Venture Fund is dedicated to investing in women-ledtechnology companies and is helping to build a robust ecosystem to support women in tech and in investment roles today and in the future. Find out more at bdc.ca/womenintech.
About the Trade Commissioner Service As part of Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps Canadian companies and organizations succeed globally. With trade offices across Canada and in 161 offices around the world, the TCS can provide Canadian businesses with on-the-groundintelligence, qualified contacts, partnership opportunities, and practical advice on foreign markets to help them make better, more timely and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve their goals abroad.
About BDC CapitalBDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC—Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. With $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers a full spectrum of risk capital, from seed investments to transition capital, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who wish to scale their businesses into global champions. Visit bdc.ca/capital.
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I'm the Co-Founder at ODAIA.ai & an Adjunct Professor, at the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada