As part of the Startup Canada Awards Week in Kamloops, continue to celebrate the vibrant and growing tech & entrepreneurial community in Kamloops with us on Tuesday, September 12th for a Women In Tech Talk.
How did this collaboration begin? At the launch of our Built in Kamloops Contest, we connected with KATO, an accelerator supporting tech entrepreneurs with programs and events to grow the startup community in South Africa. Because of our shared passion for supporting and inspiring women in tech, it only made sense to collaboratively link our communities with this panel series.
Exchange. Network. Connect.
Hear from a panel of women currently working in the technology industry from both our community and on another continent, share ideas, challenges, and solutions.
Meet our panelists
(Moderator) Stefanie Butland, M.Sc.
Community Manager, rOpenSci
Stefanie’s 20-year career path in science and tech has been typically atypical: a laboratory research assistant analyzing DNA from pine trees and fruit flies, a bioinformatician using computational tools to study neurodegenerative diseases and training others to use those tools, a scientific project manager, a co-founder of a scientific networking group, ultimately a community manager, and always an active ally and mentor for women and men in STEM. As a compulsive people-connector and knowledge-sharer, Stefanie has found her calling as Community Manager for the rOpenSci project. rOpenSci is a non-profit initiative that builds and curates software tools that lower barriers to working with scientific data sources on the web, and actively promotes a culture that values open and reproducible research. Her job is to pay attention to the great work people are doing, listen to what they need, help pave the way, connect them with like-minded people, give them a platform to share their work and their enthusiasm for it, and make things happen.
Computer Science Student and President of The computer Science Club
Elycia Buckley is a Junior Software Developer residing in the arid, rolling hills of Kamloops B.C. Legend has is, she is president of the Computing Science Club while simultaneously completing a Baccalaureate of Computing Science at TRU. With a special interest in Energy Management, she has worked in both Transportation and Mining Industries alike. Just returning from a Summer Coop as a Junior Energy Specialist, Elycia had the opportunity to develop a diesel tracking and monitoring system with New Gold New Afton’s Energy Management team. When she’s not busy developing new features on projects she can be found dancing, longboarding, and creating miniature Arduino robots in hopes of one day taking over the world.
Founder and CEO of FitSpark
Tammy Uyeda is the founder of FitSpark Health, Inc. – a company who’s goal it is to give people the inspiration, knowledge and resources they need to live their life without physical limitations. As a practicing physiotherapist and certified group fitness instructor, Tammy unexpectedly fell into the world of social media 5 years ago when an international sport eyewear company recruited her as one of their national brand ambassadors. She has since developed a fitness workout app, FitSpark, and launched it to iTunes and Google Play app stores and uses social media as her primary means of marketing for her app.
Executive Director of Innovation Island
As a skilled community builder with more than 20 years’ experience in community development, Paris draws on her experience in the public and private sector to build partnership and expand community engagement. She is energized by the excitement of the tech startup community and is committed to making technology the #1 economic driver in the Central Island region. Paris is constantly looking to create opportunities that redefine community success and supporting tech entrepreneurs to stay and grow in place. Paris grew up on Vancouver Island and loves the versatile lifestyle that comes with living here. In her spare time, Paris likes running, cycling, plant-based cooking, reading and camping.