Breaking Barriers: Pinays in Tech - Navigating Tech Opportunities in YVR

Fri Mar 08 2024 at 05:00 pm to 07:30 pm

Consulate General of the Philippines | Vancouver

Tech2Step Network Canada
Publisher/HostTech2Step Network Canada
Breaking Barriers: Pinays in Tech - Navigating Tech Opportunities in YVR
Be inspired by the incredible journeys of Filipina women who have made their mark in Vancouver's Tech Industry at this fireside talk!
About this Event

Join us for an evening of empowerment, knowledge-sharing, and networking that could be your key to unlocking exciting opportunities in the tech industry.
Don't miss this chance to be inspired by the incredible journeys of Filipina women who have made their mark in Tech.

Whether you're an international student, a career transitionist, or an early-stage professional, this event is designed to provide invaluable insights into the local tech industry and guide you on the journey to breaking into this exciting field.
Reserve your spot now and let's build a future where diversity thrives in technology! ??‍?✨

? Topic: Navigating Tech Opportunities in Vancouver: Insights from Filipina Women in Tech
? Key Discussion Points

? Tech Landscape in Vancouver: Gain insights into the thriving tech ecosystem in Vancouver and the diverse opportunities available in the industry.

? Breaking into Tech: Learn from the experiences of our panelists as they share their personal journeys, highs, and lows in their careers, offering practical advice on entering and excelling in the tech sector.

? Career Transition Strategies: Explore effective strategies for career transition, whether you're an international student or a professional looking to switch industries.

? Diversity and Inclusion: Hear about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and how embracing these values can contribute to personal and professional success.

? Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals, industry professionals, and our esteemed panelists during networking sessions to build valuable connections.

? Expected Takeaways:

  • Actionable insights on pursuing a career in the tech industry.
  • Strategies for overcoming challenges and achieving success.
  • A better understanding of the tech landscape in Vancouver.
  • Networking opportunities to expand your professional circle.


4:30-5:00 Registration and refreshments

5:00 Land acknowledgement

5:05 Welcome- Consul General Arlene Magno

5:15 Speaker introduction- Khristine Carino, Moderator

5:20-6:20 Fireside Talk/ Q&A

6:30-7:30 Networking

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Katrina Alexa Bollozos
Katrina is a technology leader with 18+ years of experience in marketing, digital transformations and professional services.

Previously a Vice President of Delivery for TRACTION ON DEMAND, and currently a Senior Director at SALESFORCE, she has a proven track record of leading and scaling global delivery teams of upwards of 400 people, and implementing solutions for large enterprise clients across multiple industries.

Originally from the Philippines, she is a B.S. Management Engineering graduate of Ateneo de Manila University and is currently earning her Executive Certificate for Management & Leadership from MIT.

She currently resides in Port Moody, BC with her husband and two dogs Popcorn and Stout. On her free time, she enjoys traveling, working out at F45 and crossfit, and supporting non-profit organizations. She has so far raised $140,000 out of a $200k goal for One Girl Can.

Allison Gacad
Allison is presently a climate journalist at Carbon Pulse, where she reports on international carbon markets, technology, and policy. She was formerly a writer at the Vancouver Tech Journal, where she covered the city's local tech ecosystem for the publication's community of over 23,000 readers.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Allison was a scientist conducting research in agricultural biotechnology based at UBC. She has a BSc in Global Resource Systems from UBC with study and work abroad experience in the Philippines, Singapore, and Cambodia.
Cristina Donato
Cristina is a seasoned Technical Support Manager who ventured to Vancouver a decade ago, bringing with her a wealth of experience garnered from the computer software industry in the Philippines. With a robust background in IT, she successfully transitioned into the Canadian job market, securing a pivotal role at Best Buy as an IT Service Manager. In this capacity, Cristina adeptly identifies the root causes of issues at Best Buy, facilitating discussions on major incidents and providing insightful analysis to prevent their recurrence.

Cristina holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, underpinning her strong foundation in information technology. Committed to driving innovation and excellence, she continues to make significant contributions to the IT sphere, leveraging her expertise to navigate complexities and deliver impactful solutions.
Katreena Tecson
Katreena is a metaverse architect and NFT educator who has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on TikTok, sat on various thought leadership panels, collaborated with global web3 influencers, and has jet set to business meetings and conferences in IG-friendly locations like New York City, Paris, and Miami. The Vancouver native’s latest project in 2023 was building a complex metaverse cemetery, joining forces with her hand-picked global team of freelance software engineers, 3D artists, and gaming developers.

Dr. Khristine Cariño
Khristine is national leader in Canada's Women in STEM community. Social justice, anti-racism and inclusion are the cornerstones of her leadership. She draws on lessons learned overcoming the challenges put in front of her as a leader and an immigrant. In everything she does, in every organization she works with, Khristine strives to increase the visibility of immigrants and amplify the voice of racialized women.
As a consultant for non-profits, she provides strategic advice on board development and governance, community engagement and membership growth, communications and events management, and fundraising.
She is co-founder of Tech2Step Network Canada, and concurrently Executive Director of Mabuhay House Society.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Consulate General of the Philippines, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada


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