This session is an opportunity to network with other incredible female founders, leaders and investors across the Toronto and Waterloo tech sector. It will also serve as an opportunity to discuss a recently released TD Economics report, Women in STEM: Bridging the Divide, where Beata Caranci, SVP and Chief Economist, TD Bank Group explores the myriad of reasons why the gender gap in education and the workplace persists. This is one of a series of reports written over the past decade by TD Economics examining women in the labour force. Caranci will join the event to discuss key findings from the report.
Later in the evening a panel discussion, moderated by Aliza Lakhani, director of business development at the DMZ, will explore the barriers and solutions for women in tech in Canada. The panel will feature Michelle Caers, founder and CEO of DesignedUX and DMZ entrepreneur-in-residence, and Beata Caranci, senior vice president and chief economist at TD Bank Group.
5:00 p.m. – Welcome and registration
5:30 p.m. – Networking
6:00 p.m. – Panel discussion featuring:
- Beata Caranci, senior vice president and chief economist of TD Bank Group
- Michelle Caers, founder and CEO of DesignedUX and DMZ Entrepreneur-in-Residence
- Aliza Lakhani, director of business development at the DMZ (moderator)
About the DMZ
The DMZ at Ryerson University is the leading business incubator for technology startups in Canada. As the top-ranked university-based incubator in North America and third in the world, it helps top high-potential startups grow and scale their business by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. In seven years, it has grown more than 300 companies that have raised over $390 million and created over 2,900 jobs.
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