Welcome to #WITCONYXE!

 
 
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Join us for a casual evening of wine, food and conversation with some of Saskatoon's top female tech industry leaders.

This year, a select group of business leaders from Saskatoon and keynote, Brianna Wettlaufer, will form a panel to discuss recent events related to women working at leading global tech companies and their own personal experience working and building businesses in the tech world.

Broadway Theatre | September 12th, 2017 | 7pm to 9pm | Admission is FREE


Keynote Speaker

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Brianna Wettlaufer is CEO and Co-founder of Stocksy United, a platform co-op co-founded by a team of senior industry executives, co-owned by it’s international community of 1,000 artists, representing more than 60 countries, all hand selected from over 15,000 applications (2016). 

Stocksy serves the world’s top agencies, fortune 500 companies and notorious online brands, with its exclusive collection of high-end curated stock photography and video. From 2014-2015 Stocksy grew over 118%, closing 2015 at over $7.9 million USD and to date has grossed more than $20 million dollars. Stocksy has received attention from The New York Times, Forbes Magazine and The Nation for its innovative co-op model that has created an ethical gig economy.

Brianna has worked as an multidisciplinary executive for over 15 years. Mentoring startups in Canada, Korea, Japan, and the US, all focused on using community and curation to lead companies forward in photography, art, and music. 

She is a frequent speaker for developing online: co-operatives, democratic communities, ethical businesses and integrity of product.

Brianna lives and works in Victoria, BC.


Panelists

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Natalie Pikouliak

Natalie Pikouliak is the Associate Vice-President of IT Transformation at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), Saskatchewan's largest company by revenue. In this position Natalie is in charge of a large portfolio of the rapid and multiple technology-driven transformations that have been occurring across FCL’s business lines.

Natalie is defining and implementing innovative technology solutions to address the increasing demands from retails for an integrated and unified approach to technology through leading Business and Technology Architecture, Project Management Office, Business Analysis, Quality Assurance and Enterprise Service Bus Integrations.

Natalie has over 20 years of progressive technical and management experience, gained through a range of technical hands-on and leadership positions in the retail, energy, telecommunication, financial and consulting industries in Canada and the U.S.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and a Master of Computer Sciences degree, as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) and various professional certifications.

Natalie and her husband Peter have one daughter.


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Stephanie Yong

Stephanie Yong is a design thinking specialist and principal at Stephanie Yong Consulting, a consultancy that focuses on utilizing the tools of human-centered design thinking to help generate ideas, solve strategic problems and apply to community and social impact projects. She is also a lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on entrepreneurship and design thinking.

Stephanie’s previous work has been focused primarily on the startup sector. As the Director of the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence for 6 years, she created programs and resources ensuring the Centre was valuable and impactful to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

She serves on the Boards of the Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation, the Saskatoon Public School Foundation, MOSO Conference and Startup Saskatoon, and is currently undergoing training in the Director’s Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Stephanie has a BA in Political Studies and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan. Coming from a family of hard workers, she has made it her life motto that the harder you work, the harder you can play.


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Andrée Carpentier

Vice President of Operations at 7Shifts.com, Andrée Carpentier leads a fast growing team working on the 7Shifts scheduling software revolutionizing the hospitality sector. 7Shifts is a YXE tech sector success story and recently announced $4.5 million in new VC funding. 


Moderator

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Brittany Melnyk

Brittany is passionate about technology and an advocate for women in the industry. Currently the Academic Programs & Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Brittany works to connect post-secondary with industry, organizations, and alumni. 

She has a B.Sc in Computer Science and is currently completing her MBA from the University of Saskatchewan. Brittany co-introduced Ladies Learning Code to Saskatoon, a non-profit organization with the mission to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders - not just consumers - of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way.