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How to Measure Success in Social Media: Magic of Data

Shawna TregunnaShawna Tregunna is the founder of ReSoMe (Relevant Social Media) a social media centric online marketing agency.  She specializes in community management and engagement outsourcing, content creation and creative design.  Her company’s specialized teams bring brands to life online.

Shawna’s goal is to help businesses and professionals successfully integrate social media into their marketing mix. She widely proclaims that the magic is in the data! She is a firm believer in trends, demographics, statistics and patterns, and with her research team, has developed systems and processes that use the data to find accessible target markets online.

Join us on Wednesday, November 26th as Shawna delves into the magic of data and shows our members how to maximize readily accessible data to measure success in social media activities.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Where: Maxwell’s Bistro (340 Elgin St – upstairs)

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. (including food order)

Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 (does not include meals and drinks)

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!

Thank you to our sponsor:




(Re-published) #GGDOttawa presents: Tales & Stories of Search in Canada #SEO2014

Did you know the World Wide Web turned 25 this year? In 1990, Archie (founded by two Canadians) was the first Internet Search Engine to launch and now there are thousands of Search Engines at our disposal. The most popular Search Engine in Canada is Google; also known as Google Canada (or Do you ever wonder what happens behind the Search Box?

Join us on April 24, 2014 for tales & stories about Search in Canada and the technical side of #SEO2014. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or mobile device to take part in live searching and hands-on application!

Attendees will also learn:

  • What is Search Engine Optimization, really?
  • Why is Canadian Search (SEO) different?
  • How Search Works
  • Demystifying the Search Results
  • Ranking, Clicks & Conversions

About the presenter:

HelenFaber2000X2000Helen Faber (@helenfaber) is the Founder & President (a.k.a. Search Detective) of WebFuel, a Search Results Agency based in Ottawa.

During her career, Helen has worn many hats. Helen is a former Educator, Web Solutions Integrator turned Entrepreneur. She was an early adopter of the Internet (mid 90’s) and on the scene even before Google.

Ten years ago, she founded WebFuel and in 2009, she launched the Ottawa Search & Digital Marketing Meetup. Helen also co-founded iSisters in 2001, a Canadian charity which garnered attention on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen’s Technology section. Currently, she sits on the Algonquin Advertising & Marketing Communication Advisory Board. While she doesn’t really consider herself a geek, her friends & family do.

Event details:

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Where: Black Tomato (11 George Street)

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. (including food order)

Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 (does not include meals and drinks)

GGDOttawa Season Social June 25

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Calling all Girl Geeks! You’re invited to our Season Social (a.k.a. last event of the season) for a night of fun, food and networking!

Join us for a Geek-fest on Wednesday, June 25 to mix and mingle with your fellow Girl Geeks and past speakers, and take part in some geeky games and activities! Did you miss an event and topic you wanted to learn about? This is a great opportunity to connect again or for the first time with past speakers and learn more about their expertise. Unlike past events, we will provide food instead of ordering individually from the menu. If you register and have dietary restrictions or preferences, please email us at And as always, we will have amazing door prizes!

Seats are limited, register now! 

When: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Where: Maxwell’s Bistro (340 Elgin St.)

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Thanks to our door prize sponsors!



NEW DATE! GGD Ottawa presents: SuperSHEroes of Tech, March 19

On Wednesday, March 19, Girl Geek Dinners Ottawa welcomes long-time member Diana Cantú to discuss the SuperSHEroes of Tech! Diana will discuss the unsung ‘sheroes’ of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and introduce members to some of history’s women pioneers and leaders.

Diana CantuDiana describes herself as a woman who “works in high-tech and grew up in a world where Linda Lovelace is better known than Ada Lovelace.” By sharing stories and reconquering our history, she feels that women can look forward to a future where we are all just PEOPLE in tech.

Diana is a career technology evangelist, currently responsible for international business development at Newtec, a Belgian satellite broadband infrastructure company. A specialist in the intersection of art, culture, and new technology, her professional background features a mix of tech and the arts including: pioneer satellite broadband networks (for digital broadcasting, IPTV, digital cinema, and distance learning), a 3D technology company in Montreal, running an arts-oriented graphic design practice in NYC, commercial and non-profit art galleries… and even a small opera company.

As an enthusiastic long time social media “netizen”, she is found blogging, Tweeting, networking and hanging out online in a variety of places — cataloged here: Her passions span geek culture, street & graffiti art, travel, hacking (the creative/good kind), languages, food, wine, technology, dance, social media, 3D, social justice, mentoring, all things nerdy, and art.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Where:  Fox and Feather Pub (283 Elgin St., upstairs)

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. (including food order)

Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 (does not include meals and drinks)

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.


Thank you to our door prize sponsors!



January 15 Event: The Internet – Privacy, Identity, Reputation and You!

The internet is more and more a part of our everyday lives. Email, web browsing, location-based services, social media—these are all powerful tools for work and play, but they also offer unprecedented opportunity for abuse. Privacy law and best practices are evolving rapidly. On Wednesday, January 15th, we kick off the new year with privacy scholar Dr. Jennifer Barrigar (@jennbarrigar) as she discusses developments in online privacy — asking (and answering) some thought-provoking questions.

  • Did you know it would take (by recent estimates) 72 days per year to minimally review policy privacies/user agreements the average individual interacts with on an ongoing basis?
  • Do you know when/how/why/whether employers, insurance companies, governments have the right to use information you post on social media against you?
  • Is the “stupid user” to blame when their privacy is violated?

Bring your questions and concerns for a lively Q&A discussion!

Dr. Jennifer BarrigarDr. Jennifer Barrigar (LL.D, University of Ottawa) is a longtime scholar and writer on reputation as a means of surveilling and shaping people’s identities online, as well as the law’s treatment of reputation—online and off.  Dr. Barrigar has lectured and written on these issues for more than a decade, throughout the rapid evolution of social media and increasing online surveillance. For several years she served as Legal Counsel at Canada’s Privacy Commission where she participated in the initial application and interpretation of Canada’s 2001 private sector privacy act (PIPEDA) and international standards for privacy and data protection. She has also taught law courses at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.  She holds an from the University of Ottawa, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and an Honours B.A. from Carleton University. Learn more about Dr. Barrigar at


Event details:

When: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Where:  Johnny Farina Restaurant (216 Elgin Street)

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. (including food order)

Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 (does not include meals and drinks)

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.


Thank you to our door prize sponsors!




GGD Ottawa presents: Data for Mental Health – November 20th

Shelley McKayOf the 6.7 million people who have a mental health problem, about one million are children and teenagers between nine and 19 years old. The high cost of treatment and care of teenagers with mental health concerns and the lack of available services is a serious problem in Canada. Emergency room visits often occur when youth are in a crisis state and outcomes for these youth are poor. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth. Suicide is influenced by social media as well as social and environmental factors.

Can social media data serve as an effective early warning system to help prevent such tragedies?

Join us on November 20th as strategic consultant Shelley McKay answers this question as she discusses the pilot project she is leading that will use social media, analytics and predictive models using keywords and phrases associated with known risk factors to identify suicidal behaviours/ideations at the earliest possible point. This project is a first in Canada and the outcome objective of the project is two-fold: proactive rather than reactive support for our youth and reduce the pressure on our region’s emergency rooms by proactively identifying youth in crisis and directing them to appropriate treatment.

Shelley is a strategic consultant living with PTSD, working to integrate mental health into National Health Strategy and to raise funds to deliver more mental health services.  She is a former Canadian National Team athlete and Woman of Distinction Award winner. Through keynote addresses and lobbying, Shelley shares her personal experiences and challenges in an effort to inform the public, media, employers, government and healthcare communities about the urgent need to build a more coordinated national healthcare strategy by including initiatives and strategies to meet the needs of people impacted by mental illness.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Where:  SideDoor (18 York Street) NOTE NEW LOCATION

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event starts at 6:00 p.m. (including food order)

Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 (does not include meals and drinks)

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot for Wednesday, November 20th. We hope to see you!


Thank you to our door prize sponsors!






Event recap: Engineering Meets Personality “Typewatching” with Jennifer Ng Ain Kin

How do you know who to put on what projects and why? Do you often hear you come across too abrupt at meetings or you don’t speak up enough? Or, do you prefer people that are like you or people that are different?

jennifer-compressedOn Wednesday May 29, attendees dug deep into their minds to discover their Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicators (MBTI) and learn how to be aware of their personality traits for better results at work and at home. MBTI(1)

Jennifer Ng Ain Kin, a senior member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and CATA WIT (Women in Technology) Mentor of the Year Award winner, has analyzed and implemented MBTI throughout her career and even uses MBTI when interviewing candidates at her current job.

After learning about MBTI and examples of Jennifer’s personal and work-related situations where personality traits are affected, attendees were given this MBTI questionnaire to help determine their personality traits and learn how they can handle situations effectively and for better results. Attendees then compared their results with those of Star Wars characters.


MBTI(3)Complete the questionnaire and click here to see which Star Wars character you’re alike!

Jennifer recommends the following resources:

Type Talk – The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love and Work (book)

Type Talk at Work (book)

Please Understand Me II (book)

Gifts Differing – Understanding Personality Type (book)

Unofficial online MBTI Test (website)

The official MBTI site (website)

To view Jennifer’s full presentation, click here. 











Thank you to our door prize sponsors!




Next event: Engineering Meets Personality “Typewatching”

JenNgAinKinOn Wednesday May 29 , join us at our next Girl Geek Dinner as Jennifer Ng Ain Kin gives us an overview of MBTI (Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicators) personality traits and how being aware of them would be helpful in the workplace, and even at home!

As a manager or team lead, how do you know who to put on what projects and why? A team member always takes over every meeting, how do you get others to also participate? Do you find that people from other departments tend to take matters more personally and less objectively than your engineering team? Do you often hear that you come across too abrupt at meetings?  Do you prefer people that are like you or people that are different?

Jennifer will share her experiences dealing with such situations and will interact with the audience to do some “typewatching” on their own.

Jennifer started her career in Ottawa as a software engineer writing embedded diagnostic code for submarines, light armored vehicles, fighting jets and tanks. She moved to the United States to gain more industry experience and eventually made a career change from software engineering design to medical devices. After a decade in the U.S., she returned back to Ottawa and joined Abbott Point of Care in Regulatory Affairs.

Jennifer is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and has been an IEEE member for over 20 years while serving as a volunteer in various roles, sections and regions for more than a decade. She received the prestigious CATA WIT (Women In Technology) Mentor of the Year Award in 2010 for her outstanding work with the IEEE student branches in Ottawa and for promoting organizational flatness that appeals to both professionals and students alike, as the  IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering) Ottawa Chair.

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montréal. She also holds a Management Certificate from the Boston University Corporate Center.

Date: Wednesday May 29, 2013

Location: Maxwell’s (340 Elgin Street)


5:30 p.m. – Doors open

6:00 p.m. – Introduction/food order

6:30 p.m. – Speaker presentation

6:50-7:15 – Q&A

7:30 p.m. – Event close

REGISTER HERE! Only 35 seats available.


Thank you to our sponsors!




Upcoming event: What to do with all that data?

Join us for the first event of the season on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 for a discussion about “big data” with Amanda Shendruk, founder of Aesthetic Intelligence and a leading expert in data visualization.

In an age of “big data” and “information overload”, the ability to use compelling graphics to accurately represent complicated concepts is increasingly valuable. When well executed, easily digestible visuals can provide at-a-glance comprehension while revealing significant connections and relationships. And, they can be fun!

Using examples primarily from the journalism industry, we will explore some of the considerations that go into making an effective infographic, learn how to avoid visual lies with data, and learn how to balance aesthetics (and Lady Gaga references) with practicality. Amanda believes data is a driving force to decision-making and it should reflect visual creativity to improve understanding and clarity.

When: Wednesday November 21, 2012

Where: The Black Tomato, 11 George St. (directions)


5:30 – Doors open

6 – 6:30 – Introduction and food order

6:30 – 7 – Speaker presentation

7 – 7:20 – Q’s & A’s

7:20 –  7:30 – Closing remarks and announcements


Thank you to our event sponsors!


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Sponsor Appeal:

GGDOttawa launched in 2009 and since then, has attracted over 1,300 women in the Ottawa area with a special interest in business and technology. Although our events are focused around bringing women in technology together, our unique topics and speakers have also attracted women from other fields including non-profit, government, agency, hi-tech and small business’.

As a volunteer-run non-profit group, GGDOttawa is in need of in-kind or cash sponsorships to help support our events.

To help facilitate every event, we require AV equipment such as projectors, screens, mics and speakers. We’re also very lucky to have such amazing and talented speakers to volunteer their time, so we like to treat them to a courteous gift. We would also not exist without our loyal members, so for every event,  we like to draw names for door prizes as a token of our appreciation.

Sponsoring GGDOttawa is a great way to showcase your company and its products or services, and to target 1,300 women across many industries.

Sponsors of any kind will be promoted on our website two times per event, will be mentioned in two email blasts per event, will be promoted on our Twitter, and will be displayed at the event.

If you would like to sponsor or for more information, please email the GGDOttawa organizers at

Ghostly Greetings Girl Geeks! Another FANGtastic season with GGDOttawa

In September 2009, three ambitious women launched Ottawa’s first Girl Geek Dinner. Melany Gallant, Kelly Rusk and Veronica Giggey spent months preparing and collectively used their expertise to form a Girl Geek community Ottawa could call its own. Three years later, these women were able to build a community of 1,300 Girl Geeks and it continues to grow with each passing season. They’ve been dedicated to organizing these events so women can meet and learn from some of the brightest women in the city, over good food and great company.

While it’s been an amazing three years for the team, Melany, Kelly and Veronica  are passing their dinner plates over to a new set of inspired Girl Geeks: Samantha Hartley, Dynimul Mao, Nyree Costello, and Amelia Stein. Working with a strong foundation in place, these women will make up the new GGDOttawa planning team:

Samantha Hartley is a second-year co-organizer who had the pleasure of working with and learning from the original three musketeers. By day, she works at The Conference Board of Canada as a direct marketer and by night, she also volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa and the International Association of Business Communicators Ottawa Chapter. Samantha loves writing and playing sports, and she’s very excited to hang out with the Girl Geeks for another season.

Amelia Stein is a past volunteer for GGDOttawa and a huge fan! She’s a tech-comms junkie and research enthusiast, working at Ramius Corporation as support for its online qualitative research software.  As a self-professed foodie, she’s pumped to try the different restaurants this season has to offer.

Nyree Costello has been a professional communicator for over 10 years. She is an active blogger (, photographer and mother to two dogs. In her free time she plays competitive roller derby, volunteers with the Canadian Public Relations Society and plays a mean air guitar.

Dyni Mao is studying at University of Ottawa and will be graduating soon with joint Honours in Computer Science and Mathematics.  She’s a member of the IEEE-WIE and loves to play badminton, soccer, and beach volleyball. She’s excited to lend a hand to a good cause and looking forward to having fun in the process!

On behalf of the new planning team, we’re very passionate about kicking off the fourth season and it’s shaping up to be interesting and engaging! To give you a little sneak peek, our first event will feature Amanda Shendruk, founder of Aesthetic Intelligence and a leading expert in data visualization. Amanda believes data is a driving force to decision-making and it should reflect visual creativity to improve understanding and clarity.  Save the date for our next event: Wednesday November 21, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Black Tomato. Stay tuned for our official event announcement in the next couple of days.

We’d like to leave you with a video of GGDOttawa’s claim to fame back in 2009. Thank you again Melany, Kelly and Veronica for putting food on our plates and knowledge in our brains!