Vancouver, BC – March 8, 2019 – In celebration of International Women’s day, Vancouver-based software startup UrbanLogiq hosted a Women in Tech panel and networking reception Thursday night, moderated by the Honourable Mary Ng, Federal Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. Intended to facilitate meaningful discussion around progress and opportunity for women working in or aspiring to work in tech, the event brought together a community of business professionals from the public sector, private sector, academia, and NGOs to discuss actionable steps we can take to support continued progress.
“When women succeed we all succeed and success looks like more women in tech, finance, skilled trades, politics, and entrepreneurship at large,” said Minister Ng, who attended the event among a larger itinerary of meetings with small business owners and entrepreneurs to share how the federal government is helping women entrepreneurs succeed. “That’s why our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has made a $2 billion investment with our Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, a first of its kind investment that seeks to double the amount of women-led businesses by 2025.”
Featured panellists at the event included Monica Murray, COO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), Dr. Haneen Abu-Remaileh, Co-Founder and CEO of Locumunity, an online marketplace that connects freelance doctors with clinics, and Amy Rae, Principle at local venture capital fund Vanedge Capital. Propelled by engagement from the audience, discussion topics ranged to address systemic deterrents to female success in tech, challenges within the Canadian tech environment, the importance of women supporting women, and candid advice to succeed in male-dominated industries.
“Find a mentor. Go for coffee. Make time to network and be mentored,” said Rae who as a VC, is used to being the only woman at the table. “Whenever you go into any meeting, always have an objective.”
Dr. Abu-Remaileh had her own advice to offer: “Find that passion within you; you’re going to need more than material gain as a motivator because it’s a bumpy road. Leverage other people’s knowledge – there’s no way you’re going to learn everything about everything.”
UrbanLogiq was proud to host this important dialogue with inspiring leaders. UrbanLogiq pledges to lead by example in the global startup ecosystem as a tech startup constantly pursuing diverse, inclusive, equal hiring practices and workplace culture, and working hard to create more opportunities in tech for all women.
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ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
UrbanLogiq supports the attitudes of IWD and strives to take actionable steps to support and create opportunities for women in tech.
For more information: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/