Alena Kottova, BSc, MA, PhD

Chair, iWIST / Chief Mad Scientist, Mad Science Vancouver Island

Alena is an award winning researcher and educator focusing on ethics, technology and society. She specializes in exploring the ethical paradigm shift required to address the issues brought up by digital society and fast changing technological innovations. She studies topics of cyber security and privacy and the impact information-based view of reality has on society…

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Tara Dunning

IT Portfolio Manager, BC Transit

In her current role, Tara introduces IT Portfolio Management governance at BC Transit, as well as project management standards for technology projects. Tara’s career started in corporate finance and planning, but moved into technology. She moved her way up from Provincial Treasury to capital programs and writing business cases, and finally to an ERP Project…

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Lisa Grandbois

Founder, FrontierCFO

Lisa founded FrontierCFO, a firm that offers virtual Chief Financial Officer (CFO) services to start-ups across Canada. Focusing on the tech space, she has a passion for helping strong teams with great ideas succeed in the early stages of their growth. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of British Columbia,…

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Vesna Janic

Director of Quality/Regulatory Department at StarFish Medical and ViVitro Labs

Vesna is passionate about sharing her knowledge of quality standards and regulations with current and future medical device engineers and QA/RA professionals. Vesna is a Registered QA Professional in GLP, Lead ISO 13485 Auditor, SCC GLP Inspector and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Prior to moving to Canada in 1994, Vesna worked…

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Christine Fast

Executive Director, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Province of BC

Christine is a public sector professional with seven years’ experience working for the BC provincial government. In her role, Christine helps to build policy and implement initiatives to grow BC’s tech and innovation ecosystem across the province. She is passionate about supporting women to pursue leadership roles and strongly believes in the power of community….

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Corina Ludwig

President at FunctionFox Systems, Inc.

Corina is widely recognized by her colleagues and clients as the glue that keeps the company together. As a member of the FunctionFox start-up team, Corina has been instrumental in facilitating the company’s growth since 2000. Organized, disciplined and focused, Corina is responsible for overseeing the FunctionFox engine, as she manages daily operations; vision and…

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Claire Skillen

Advisor, Province of British Columbia / Ceascape Solutions

Claire is a versatile and innovative professional currently supporting the natural resources sector. She has over 15 years experience as a strategic leader, process analyst, and award-winning project manager. Recognized for her well-honed leadership ability, Claire has a strategic approach to projects and history of building cross-functional teams. She has a huge passion for helping…

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Shelley Langille

Military & Strategic Sector Liaison, Royal Roads University

Shelley has worked with Royal Roads University since 1998; first managing the technical diploma programs and later moving on to director and liaison roles in executive education and business development. Shelley spent 15 years in the technology sector working for Crowntek/GE Capital TMS and SHL/GP Learning Technologies. She has a proven track record in project…

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Robyn Quinn, APR, MA, Fellow CPRS

Founder & Former Chair

President Big Bang Communications and Co Founder Big Bang Analytics Inc. Robyn Quinn is the Chair of Island Women in Science and Technology. She is a passionate corporate communications and marketing professional with over 20 years experience in military, education,  technology, government, not-for-profit, association and infrastructure sectors. She loves to teach media relations, content strategy…

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