Computing and Technology Conference for Her

Keynote 2017

Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza

Chief Information Officer at the Canadian Space Society

Dr. Barranco-Mendoza is a seasoned technology and business executive and entrepreneur. She has brought her technology and business expertise to a wide range of industries including aerospace, higher ed. IT, biomedical, health care, software development, telecom, legal and chemical industries.

Prior to her current role she worked as Chief Operating Officer – Canada for Nerdforce, a global technology and cloud solutions provider, and before that as Chief Information Officer at Trinity Western University. As an entrepreneur, she co-founded Infogenetica Solutions Ltd, a health informatics and technology consulting and research group. Prior to this she was also a co-founder of Knowledge Junction Systems, a software company focused on developing mobile web-based business intelligence solutions.

Amongst all this she has a passion for educating and mentoring future generations of technology professionals and giving back to the community through various roles from Adjunct Professor serving as a Board of Director for the Langley Hospice Society and Trent University Alumni and various other volunteering roles. She holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science (focus on AI) from SFU and M.Sc. and B.Sc. Hons. In Computer Science and Mathematics from Trent University.

Women in Tech Panel Discussion 2016

Maryam Sadeghi

Maryam Sadeghi, CEO at MetaOptima Technology Inc, completed her PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in the Medical Image Analysis lab working closely with BC Cancer Agency and Skin Care Center at UBC Dermatology. She is interested in e-Health and m-Health applications and innovative patient-centric digital health solutions. Maryam has won many prizes and awards for her computer program that uses images to detect signs of skin cancer. In 2012, she founded the company MetaOptima Technology, developing intelligent technologies for health related real-life problems.

Maryam Shojaei

Maryam has a bachelor’s degree in software engineering and has been in the IT field for more than eleven years. She moved to Canada about ten years ago and started her career as a Junior Developer. At the same time she took some part time courses and finished the Web Application and Software Development program at BCIT. Being a wife and mother, Maryam worked hard to keep herself up-to-date in the IT world and advance in her career. She is a Dev Lead with PNI Digital Media now and has been with this company for almost six years.

Mina Sabbaghian

Mina is originally from Iran. Thirteen years ago, she and her family moved to Vancouver. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and completed three different certificates at BCIT in Software Engineering, Information Systems and Database Administration. She has over twelve years of Software engineering experience: back-end service (C# & .Net), Mobile Apps (iOS, Android & Windows) and web application development. Two years ago, Mina joined Microsoft, as part of MSN Apps Team (Storefront). She was working on iOS apps as Lead developer, then later on worked on Windows 10 Weather App. She recently joined BigPark team working on 3D and HoloLens experience. You can learn more about her past experience from her LinkedIn profile.

Ariane Jansen

Ariane is a Software Engineer and general fixer-of-things at Facebook. Graduating Princeton University in 2005 with an engineering degree in CS, Ariane embarked upon the software engineering world at Microsoft. Over the next decade, she worked on Windows CE, Windows Phone and finally Windows, spending her time on the file system and kernel, performance tuning and building pipelines for data and tools. Last year, she moved to a new company, Facebook, and has tried a little bit of everything; from product work in mobile apps and games to infrastructure work in mobile performance. Making the world more connected, regardless of device or connection type is an intriguing and fun challenge.