Women in Tech | Toronto


On February 1, 2018 Networkers will host an event with University of Toronto that aims to raise awareness about the growing need for women to pursue technology careers. We seek to educate attendees about the variety of opportunities and support systems available to individuals considering a career path in Toronto’s growing technology network.


February 1, 2018


University of Toronto, Victoria University Building (“Old Vic”), 91 Charles St. W


  • Arrivals/Networking | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Speakers | 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Networking Reception | 8pm – 9:30pm   

Keen to attend? 

Current students can register here.
Not a student? We’d still love to see you! Register here


Technology offers an incredible amount of opportunity for those seeking to enter the job market, but getting in can be half the battle. Women are notoriously underrepresented in the industry, but many who enter the space find remarkable success. That’s why organizations like ours, with vast client networks seeking to specifically motivate female applicants, are crucial to making otherwise out-of-reach connections. We are excited to bring our client network of female tech leaders and a stellar lineup of keynote speakers to discuss and demonstrate the impact women can make in the industry.


Lana Novikova - CEO, Heartbeat.ai, and SheEO Advocate

Lana is an innovator and entrepreneur with a long career in market research and an award-winning portfolio of research inventions. She designed, executed and managed hundreds of research studies for dozens of clients in a wide range of industries. Yet she was not satisfied with mere charts and numbers, always pushing to understand the "deep why" behind human decisions. This curiosity put her on a quest to understand how human emotions work. In 2015, Lana founded Heartbeat AI, a technology platform that provides Empathy Analytics to reveal insights into human behaviour.

Born and raised in the former Soviet Union Republic of Kyrgyzstan, educated in the US, and coming to Canada in 1999, Lana's understanding of cultures and systems inspired her to build a platform to cross borders and cultures. Her career path took her from United Nations' field office in Central Asia, to UNICEF New York, to corporate market research and analytics, including Nestle Canada. She left the corporate world in 2009 to study psychotherapy and neuroscience, consult, and run her private practice in somatic psychotherapy. The idea of scaling empathy was born during hundreds of hours of listening to people expressing their emotions in her therapy room and hospice care. This work became the foundation of a comprehensive handcrafted taxonomy of human emotions. Today, Lana is focusing her energy on building global Heartbeat team, growing enterprise SaaS and API business, speaking about benevolent AI, and prototyping a Global Heartbeat Platform - an empathy-centered social network.

Yaa Otchere - Toronto Chapter and Programming Lead, Canada Learning Code (prev. Ladies Learning Code)

Yaa is an independent developer and digital strategist from Toronto. Yaa strives to foster inclusive spaces in tech that are welcoming for people of all backgrounds. In addition to making the web, Yaa is the Toronto Chapter Lead of Ladies Learning Code - an organization dedicated to improving digital literacy for people across the country. Pulling from a background in social work, Yaa works to bridge gaps in the technology sphere and has fun while doing it. With levity, firmness and focus, Yaa builds community one by one.


Stephanie Nguyen - Director, Women Who Code (Toronto) 

Stephanie is a Director for Women Who Code and a Design Lead for Shutterstock Custom. She got her start at Western University as a traditional graphic designer. In the past 8+ years, she’s now led UX/product design initiatives and also worked as a front-end developer on various projects. When she’s not shipping great product, she is actively planning workshops and promoting diversity in technology with Women Who Code.

Yolande Doan - Director, Mocatta and Foreign Exchange, Scotiabank Global Wholesale and Risk Technology 

Yolande is a seasoned professional with over 17 years of experience in Capital Markets Technology. Earlier in her career, she started as a software developer and later held a senior client management role at a leading enterprise capital markets technology company. Currently, she holds the position of Director, Global Commodities and Foreign Exchange Technology at Scotiabank. As a proud mother of 3 daughters, she is a strong advocate of promoting careers, leadership and mentorship for women in technology.

Andrea Niles-Day - Director of Project Governance and Performance Measurement, RBC Capital Markets

Andrea has over 25 years of experience in financial services technology delivery for capital markets, mutual funds (both institutional and retail), pensions, personal banking, insurance, private investment, and real estate. Her main area of focus has been on project and portfolio management. Currently, she’s the Director of Project Governance and Performance Measurement for RBC Capital Markets. She’s also the Global Lead for RBC’s Teaching Youth to Code Program, delivering programs in Canada, the US and the UK, which held over 200 events and impacted more than 3000 youth in 2017.

Sladjana Jovanovic - VP, Online Channel Technology, TD Bank

Sladjana leads the Online Channel team within Channels Technology Solutions in TD Bank. Her goal is to create Legendary experiences for TD’s customers and employees through TD’s online platforms. The transformation to improve stability, agility and build the best-in-class technology team, was started with WebBroker platform, and is underway with many others.

Sladjana joined TD in 2003 as a developer of TD Securities’ trading applications, moving on to lead TD Prime Brokerage technology team, a highly collaborative and customer driven experience, before taking on TD Direct Investing technology delivery within TD Wealth technology. More recently, she led Technology Risk and Information Security for TD Securities and Treasury Balance Sheet Management.

Prior to joining TD in 2003, Sladjana started her career as a Technology Programmer/Analyst Associate with Goldman Sachs in New York City.

She is a University of Toronto, Computer Science graduate and has just completed her Executive MBA at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Being a strong proponent of equal career opportunities for everyone, Sladjana is dedicated to increasing the number of women in TD's Technology organization and in the senior management levels.

At home, Sladjana and her two kids, ages thirteen and eleven, share love for sports and outdoors, hiking and cycling in summer and juggling hockey and skiing in winter.

Demonstration (Heartbeat.ai)

Working closely with Heartbeat.ai, our speakers, and our wider female network, the evening will feature a demonstration using Heartbeat’s empathy analytics platform. Based on input from our network surrounding opportunities, growth, and potential challenges for women in technology, Heartbeat.ai will perform a student survey in the days leading up to the event. The data collected will generate an infographic (highlighting primary and secondary emotional survey feedback) for Lana, Yaa and Stephanie to reference during their panel discussion.

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