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Future of Women in Tech

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March 29, 2023
3600 Steeles Ave. East, E171, Markham, ON L3R 9Z7

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will celebrate and recognize women in the tech sector, our founders from ventureLAB’s Tech Undivided WES initiative, and feature a panel of senior female leaders in the hardware & semiconductor space, so that we can explore the progress that has been made so far in making the space more inclusive, talk about the challenges that still exist, and work together to brainstorm some concrete actions that could help move the needle going forward.

Our speakers include Melissa Chee, President and CEO of ventureLAB, Erin Bury, co-founder and CEO at Willful, and Josee Pharand, Director of IP at ventureLAB. More details about our panelists to come.

Additional information about our speakers

Melissa Chee

Melissa Chee is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of deep tech expertise and a proven track record growing successful start-ups and global companies. Melissa is the President and CEO of ventureLAB, a leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies. Under Melissa’s leadership, ventureLAB launched the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, Canada’s only lab and incubator for hardware and semiconductor-focused start-ups and scale ups and is a founding member and Vice-Chair of Canada’s Semiconductor Council.

Erin Bury

Named one of Bay St. Bull’s Women of the Year, Erin Bury is one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs, an active startup advisor, and a former marketer and technology journalist. Erin is the co-founder and CEO at online estate planning platform Willful, where she drives the company’s mission to make it easier for Canadians to prepare for and deal with death in a digital age.

Josée Pharand

Josée is passionate about intellectual property and loves working as ventureLAB’s Director of IP, helping founders protect their IP. Josée has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and developed her passion for intellectual property and innovation during her 13 years at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

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