COMMENT: BC'S TECHNOLOGY SECTOR NEEDS MORE WOMEN
Opinion/Editorial by Paris Gaudet
Published by the Times Colonist
B.C.’s technology sector is thriving and is full of opportunities for people with a wide range of skills. Technology continues to dominate much of our daily lives and B.C. is definitely doing its part to contribute to this growing sector.
Yet despite all this, there is still something missing — where is the female equivalent of Ryan Holmes, founder of Hootsuite, or Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin? Why are women still under-represented in tech with very few women in leading roles?
Working as the executive director of Innovation Island, I’m one of few women leading a tech organization in B.C. and see all too clearly both the challenges and opportunities that exist. During the past seven years hosting events and promoting technology and entrepreneurship throughout the mid-Vancouver Island region, I’ve met only a handful of female tech CEOs.
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