Anna Mackenzie is a Software Engineer at Myplanet who is dedicated to increasing the participation of women in tech. In 2017, she co-wrote "The Expecting Playbook", which is a toolkit that helps start-ups roll out supportive parental leave policies regardless of their size and stage. 2018's follow-up, titled "The Parenting Playbook", provides start-ups with the necessary tools to support parents upon their return to work. Anna is an advisory board member for #MoveTheDial and both a freeCodeCamp and FITC speaker. She is one of DMZ’s 2018 Top 30 Women in Tech Making a Difference and a Top 25 Women of Influence for 2018.
Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller at Shopify and the founder of the fashion blog “I want - I got.” She is one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada. Anita's 14-year career as an award-winning Software Quality Assurance professional and a decade-long blogging career lead her to Shopify. As an Engineering Storyteller, she shares the stories of Shopify's engineering discipline. She's spoken about her technology journey with DevTO, ITAC Inspiring Tech Careers Conference and TD Then and Now.
Amanda Munday is the founder and CEO of The Workaround, and the author of the upcoming release Day Nine: a postpartum depression memoir. She is an advocate for women-identified rights. Her 14-year career has been rooted in technology, community building and education. In 2012, Amanda was awarded the Toronto Community Foundation Vital People Award for her work with women and technology in the non-profit sector. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Quartz in the U.S.
Komal Singh is an Engineering Program Manager at Google, and author of kids’ STEM bestseller ‘Ara The Star Engineer’ that is being translated to more than 10 languages. She has been featured on Globe & Mail, Forbes, CTV, BuzzFeed, Google, The Social and more! Singh is also a keynote speaker, a mentor, a mother to two mini droids, a wife, a potter, a champion of diversity & inclusion.
Maayan Ziv is an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada. From a young age, Maayan challenged norms and worked within her community to increase awareness of disability issues and improve accessibility. Living with Muscular Dystrophy, Maayan is a passionate and relentless advocate for creating a more accessible world. In 2015, Maayan founded AccessNow, a crowdsourced app to map the accessibility status of locations worldwide. She has since been a regular media commentator in the media on topics such as disability and inclusion. In 2016, Maayan received the City of Toronto Access Award and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award in recognition of her innovative solutions and commitment to improving the lives of people of all abilities.
Pansy Lee has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years and her diverse interests have led to a diverse career. She has held marketing, sales, product and design roles at Microsoft, IBM, Deloitte and Intuit. She is currently the Director of Product and Design at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment where she works on bringing the best digital fan experiences to Leafs, Raptors and TFC fans in and out of the arena. Outside of work she is passionate about diversity and inclusion and did her graduate research work on women in tech and male allies.
Sarah Stockdale is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, startup growth marketer, and innovation professional. She is the Founder and CEO of Valkerie, a boutique tech growth consultancy based in Toronto ON. Sarah is also a guest tech expert for The CBC, and CTV, and a TEDx speaker. Sarah has spent her career working on early-stage technology startups, starting as a foundational team member of Wave, a Canadian financial technology giant. More recently she led the International Community Growth team at the San Francisco payments startup, Tilt, which was acquired by Airbnb. She is the creator and author of We Need To Talk About This, a newsletter and community for modern women and allies.
Join these amazing organizations that are sending their teams to join us for an evening of inspiration & celebration!
In 2018, we welcomed over 500 people to come together, celebrate, empower and inspire women in our industry.
So you heard about #IWDTO, and you're wondering why you should get involved?
#DevTO is a Toronto based organized founded in 2011 to produce events for the Toronto Tech community. In this time we have hosted over 100 events including meetups, conferences, documentary presentations and more. This year will be the 5th year we host this event as well.