Posts Tagged ‘women in engineering’

Partner event, March 2: “It’s 2016!” Solutions for the gender gap in STEM

womenSTEM“It’s 2016!” Solutions for the Gender Gap in STEM with Girl Geek Dinners Ottawa (@ggdottawa), Women in Communications & Technology, NCR, (@WCT_NCR) and Women Powering Technology (@WPTOttawa).

This event will feature interesting discussions about how the gender gaps in technology, telecom and media can be addressed. We will have guest speaker Jane Wilson, Director, Women Services and Resource Development at Community MicroSkills Development Centre. Here’s a recent media interview with Jane:

Last year’s event sold out early so get your tickets now!

When: Wednesday March 2, 2016 – 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: Shopify, 150 Elgin St 6th floor
Cost: $12 early bird, $15 (after Feb 25), includes two drinks and light appetizers



7:00-7:30 Informal networking
7:30-7:45 Welcome intros from GGD/WCT/WPT
7:45-8:30 Talk and Q&A with Jane Wilson
8:30-9:30 Small group discussions

#GGDOttawa February 2015 Event: Drones

You may have heard using drones to deliver packages or the Canadian military using drones in battle, or law enforcement using drones as tactical tools.

Unmanned vehicles, a.k.a. drones, are used today in more ways than we might realize.

Allison MalloyAllison Malloy, software engineer at Kongsberg Gallium, joins us Wednesday, February 25th to discuss how drones are used in commercial situations (like as well as agriculture, law enforcement, underwater exploration, and in defence/military sectors.

Allison is a software engineer turned project manager with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Systems and Computer Engineering.  She ‘stumbled’ into the defence industry 13 years ago and hasn’t looked back. Allison will share with us her own work on the command and control aspects of drone usage; her work in the Canadian defence industry; and how those two worlds intersect with other better known technology fields such as web development, graphic design, and video gaming.

Event details:

When: Wednesday February 25, 2015

Where: Fox and Feather Pub (283 Elgin Street – 3rd floor private room)

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Event starts at 6:00 p.m. (including food order) | 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 community partner:

Ottawa Digital Marketing Meetup

Thank you to our door prize sponsors:



GGDOttawa Season Social June 25

girl geek dinner ottawa, geekfest, ggdottawa

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!



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!