Date(s) - 25/02/2019
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Skills for Change has teamed up with MaRS Talent Development team to host Women in IT: Networking & Recruitment event!

About this Event

Skills for Change is a 36-year old registered charity that is known for pioneering programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment. The first program in 1982 was an office training program that successfully led all its first graduates, a group of women from Southeast Asia, into full-time employment. Since its inception, we have addressed labor market needs with innovative programs that could harness global talent of immigrants and refugees.

We are also a well-known advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace through Diversity@Work conference (, an annual professional conference dedicated to building inclusive and productive workplaces. Since 2014, the Diversity@Work has created opportunities for cross-sectoral leaders to discuss the future of managing and building diversity in workplace.

As a long-standing advocate for diversity and inclusion, Skills for Change has recognized the significant gender imbalance in the IT/tech sector.

According to Globe & Mail (2017), a study led by #movthedial and co-authored by PwC Canada and MaRS Discovery District found that: out of more than 900 Canadian tech firms, women account for only 5% of CEO roles and 13% of executive team positions, and 53% of these tech companies have no female executives. On average, only 8% of women are in director roles, and shockingly, 73 of firms have no women presence on their boards at all. To further investigate this issue, MaRS Discovery District Talent Development team conducted another study and collected DIBs (Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging)-related data from nearly 500 Toronto tech-sector employees. The result of this study was released last year, Tech for All, the ground-breaking report that explored DIBs in Toronto’s tech sector. The study found that many tech-sector employees report barriers that prevent them from feeling fully included in their workplaces, particularly women, Black people and young people. Specifically, women were twice as likely to disagree that their organization is diverse or fosters belonging.

Please join us, be part of this important conversation and connect with leaders who advocate for women’s leadership in IT/tech sector in Toronto.

8:30 – 9:00am: Registration

9:00am – 11:00am: Panel Discussion & Networking

11:00am – 2:00pm: Onsite interviews conducted by Fiix (*Invitation only)

Moderator: Kareen Ndema, Senior Associate, Talent Development, MaRS Discovery District 



Karen Simpson, CHRL CIR, Talent Inclusion Partner – Women in Leadership, TD Canada 

Katie Allen, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Fiix (

Ivana Marzura, Director, Solution Delivery, Intelliware Development Inc. (

*To join the onsite interviews, you need to complete event registration first, and then you will receive the list of jobs to apply. Only qualified individuals will be invited to the onsite interview.




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