Executive Director, Innovation Island Technology Association

Paris Gaudet

Paris Gaudet is the Executive Director of Innovation Island, a regional technology organization that supports innovative technology entrepreneurs grow bigger, better, faster. As one of only two women in BC leading a tech organization, she understands the important of gender balance in the tech sector. A skilled community builder, Paris is a champion for diversity and is committed to increasing the number of women in tech entrepreneurship. Giving back and mentoring young women is important to Paris as a step towards gender parity. She started the Central Vancouver Island chapter of Ladies Learning Code and is the mother of a 15 year old girl that wants to be a tech CEO and study computer science.

Her favorite quote by Cecil Beaton is “Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the Ordinary.”