Connect with BC Tech Employers in Keynotes, Panels and Workshops.

This online conference takes place on November 18, 2020 on Zoom for no cost to registered participants. Register soon to guarantee a spot and hear what our employer speakers have to say about finding and keeping Tech work during the pandemic.

Fariba Pacheleh

Director, Corporate Projects at BC Liquor Distribution Branch; Chair of PAC (Program Advisory Committee) BCIT; Past President of the Society for SCWIST (Canadian Women in Science and Technology.) One of RBC’s Top 25 Immigrants in Canada in 2020; and one of 150 Nationwide Women Leaders for Gender Equality Network Canada, a 3-year project of Women & Gender Equality Canada.

Pilar Portela

President and CEO at Astra Smart Systems and AP Tech Solutions in Kaslo, BC. She has founded nine companies and has spent most of her career in Tech. Pilar received an award for BC Business Magazine’s 2020 Woman of the Year: Entrepreneurial Leader.

Conference Speakers

Conference Schedule

Plan your day with this schedule of events.

10:00Welcome and what’s coming up
10:30Keynote Speakers:
10:30 – Fariba Pacheleh
10:50 – Pilar Portela
11:30activities–Choose 1 of 3:
1. Panel: Finding the hidden job market during this pandemic 
Facilitator: Laura Pasut, ISSofBC ALES
Charmina Malanay, Sage Talent Acquisition Partner
Ana Gonzales Ruis, IEEE, YP Chair
Paulina Pietrykiewicz, Product Manager/ScrumMaster, Lululemon

2. Panel: Immigrant women in Tech in COVID-19: One more obstacle
Facilitator: Alice Wong, ISSofBC Program Manager
Khristine Carino, SCWIST Volunteer Events Director
Juliette Smith, In-TAC National Projects and Community Stakeholder Relations
Rahila Ansari, ISSofBC Job Quest Assistant Manager

3. Workshop: RBC’s Your Brand Matters (One-hour for 18-29 yr olds)
Facilitators: RBC’s Jordan Joly and Taylor Rae
12:00Activities–Choose 1 of 2:
1. Panel: What Tech employers are looking for in 2021; have  priorities shifted?
Facilitator: Jose Duarte, ISS
ofBC Employer Relations Specialist
Panelists: Julia Masmitja Abad, VP of Cloud Engineering, Sage
Sarrah Vinluan, Recruiter, Tek Systems
Lynn Shinto, Moz HR Generalist 
2. Virtual Networking Workshop 
Dennis Chang, Program Delivery Coordinator, IECBC
Eduardo Bananal, Community Partnerships Coordinator, IECBC
12:30Activities–Choose 1 of 3:
1. Growth mindset in the gig economy
Facilitator: Raphael Fang, ISSofBC Employer Relations Specialist
Christine Weidmann, Ph.D., Past President SCWIST, Practice Area Lead Slalom Build
Kevin Ebra-Canadian Freelancer

Afrothiti Yannitsos, Government Relations Specialist at Lighthouse Labs
2. Working from home: strategies for success 
Facilitator: Freda Fernandes, GTLP
Neha Batta: Senior Manager, Cymax Group & CEO, Orion Immigration Services & Director, Strategic Development, SCWIST
Shawn Price, Product Engineer, Entrepreneur, Founder
Fabio Talevi, KORE Software Development Manager

3. Remote interviewing: Tips for success and  employer expectations
Facilitator: Evelyn Levy, ISSofBC Job Quest
Guest speakers:
Leanne Duncan, Virtro, Director, Strategic Partnerships
Brandon Langois, DarkVision, People, Talent and Culture Lead
Ridhi Desai, Raymond James HR Specialist
1:00Linking Lunch: Network with others through text chatting
1:30Networking with Curiosity – Get curious and connect with other participants
Presenter: Mark MacKichan, Coordinator, Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre, Vancouver Public Library
3:00Resilience Support Activities — Choose 1 of 2
1. Panel: How to get a job shadow or unpaid placement during COVID
Facilitator: Tina Power, ISSofBC Youth in Tech
Shraddha Parikh, HR Leader, Trulioo
Meri Ghazaryan, National Manager of Employer Relations at Lighthouse Labs;
Miranda Kennedy-Smith, Marketing Manager- Global and Domestic, CodeCore;
Oleg Vertlib, Hitek Computer School Director
2. How I changed my career from an English teacher to a web developer during the pandemic – Bahar Ghadimi – (60 minute interview)
Facilitator: Lin Meng, Case Manager, Global Talent Loans
3:30 Resilience Support Activities
1. Panel: Beef up your skills during the pandemic
Facilitator: Sarah Rolling, ISSofBC TechWomen
Kristina Fiedrich, Program Coordinator Design+Media Continuing Studies, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Clovis Fowo, Lead Learning Advisor, BrainStation
Megan Simpson, Traction on Demand Team Lead, Talent Acquisition

4:00Technology Together Happy Hour

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