Annual Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (CAN-CWiC)

CAN-CWiC is the premiere Canadian computing conference for young women and non-binary people in technology. This annual event has been offered since 2011 and features networking, learning, sharing and mentoring. CAN-CWiC embodies the mission of encouraging curiosity and awareness for the digital innovations that change the community and world around us. Bringing together leaders in research, education and industry from across Canada. Get inspired by stories from women who have been there and done that and how they succeeded.

If you are a student interested in attending contact your department chair as they may coordinate the attendance of a number of students in your department. You can also register yourself via this website registration portal (opens in early spring).

 

Venue & Accommodations

The event will be held at the York University Second Student Centre in Toronto.

If your school is participating in CAN-CWiC, it will provide the opportunity for some sponsored students to attend the event and will arrange and pay for your transportation (by bus or air) and accommodation (on the 25th).  If you are not a sponsored student, you can still register yourself via the Registration Form and if you are a student in the below noted areas, you will be able to get a seat on the bus. If you are not in one of these areas, then you will then be responsible for your own transportation.

CAN-CWiC is arranging for bus transportation for students from Quebec (leaving from Montreal) and Ontario (only from outside the GTA – leaving from Scarborough, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa, Windsor, Kitchener, and Waterloo). The buses leave on the morning of the 25th, drop you off at the hotel, and drive you back to your school on the 26st. Your department chair will have information on the bus schedule. If you are from outside Quebec or Ontario, you need to arrange transportation either through your department contact or by yourself.

If you are arriving by bus or air, then your registration will include one night accommodation (on the 25th). Hotel information will be listed here shortly.

CAN-CWiC will arrange and confirm your hotel accommodation once you have registered for the conference. Your hotel room will be guaranteed double occupancy (randomly assigned to either one King or two Queen) and you will share the room with another student of the same gender, in most cases, you have the option to be matched up with a person of your choice.

All your food and beverages, including the Friday, October 25th CAN-CWIC Banquet, are included in your registration fee.

Not a Student?
Hotel information will be listed here shortly.

Friday Evening Banquet

On Friday, October 25th all registered students will have an opportunity to attend the amazing CAN-CWiC reception and banquet. There are fun photo booths and we have some amazing keynote speakers lined up and you will receive a beautiful four-course meal. It’s a great opportunity to dress up, mingle, meet other students from across Canada and have fun.

Co-Chairs

Maleknaz Nayebi

Associate Professor Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
York University

Jeremy Bradbury

PhD Associate Professor Computer Science Faculty of Science, Ontario Tech University

Steering Committee Members

Joanne Atlee

Professor
University of Waterloo

Sheila McIlraith

Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

Kate Larson

Professor
Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo

Andrea Bunt

(2023-2026)

Professor Department of Computer science University of Manitoba

Vlado Keselj

(2023-2026)

Professor in The School of Computer Science
Dalhousie University

Ouldooz Baghban Karimi

Lecturer, School of Computing Science
Simon Fraser University

Wendy Powley

Associate Professor
Queens University

 

Program

All events will take place at the Delta Hotel. Information about keynote speakers and parallel sessions will become available over the summer.

Friday, October 25th

12:00 noon – 5:00 pm:  CS-CAN|INFO-CAN Faculty Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Registration
6:30 p.m. – Banquet –  Keynote Speaker:  To be confirmed

Saturday, October 26nd

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.  – Registration

8:45 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Award  – ​Keynote Speaker: to be confirmed

9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break

​10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. – Parallel sessions 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. –   Lunch and Career Fair 
2:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. – Parallel sessions

3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Break

4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Panel Session: Moderated by Joanne Atlee, Professor, University of Waterloo

5:30 p.m. End of the program

Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing Conference Program Schedule

On a Bus?

Your bus is leaving at in the parking lot at 5:30 p.m. sharp!! Don’t be late!!!

 

 

On a Plane?

Check your flight time and make sure you can be on the hotel shuttle in time for your flight.

Hotel shuttle:

The hotel offers a complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus service.
• From the Hotel: Every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the hour
• From the Airport: Every 30 minutes at 15 & 45 minutes after the hour

TimeRoomActivity Info
3:00 pm. – 6:00 pmFull program schedule will become available in September.

Full program schedule will become available in September.

Full program schedule will become available in September.
12:00 – 5:00 pmFull program schedule will become available in September.

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6:30 pm – 10:00 pmFull program schedule will become available in September.Full program schedule will become available in September.Full program schedule will become available in September.
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Saturday, October 21nd  7:30 am – 10:00 – Opening of the Conference

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8:30 am – 9:00 amFull program schedule will become available in September.Full program schedule will become available in September.

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9:00 am – 9:15 amInternational BallroomFull program schedule will become available in September.Full program schedule will become available in September.
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9:30 am – 9:45 amFull program schedule will become available in September.

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Saturday, October 21nd  10:00 am – 10:50 – Parallel Sessions (choose one)

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Full program schedule will become available in September.

Saturday, October 21nd  11:00 am – 11:50 – Parallel Sessions (choose one)

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12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch and Career Fair – Full program schedule will become available in September

 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Faculty Mentoring Circles

Faculty Members Only: Grab lunch and join us for an opportunity for faculty to connect for peer-to-peer mentorship. Planned topics are: Academic Leadership Roles; Planning for Promotion; Teaching Track Faculty. Other topics may be added depending on attendee interest.

Academic Leadership

If you are interested in taking the path to become a leader in an academic institute and want to be familiar with the problems, challenges, and solutions, learning from the experiences of our mentors can be the best choice. Come with your questions and hear advice and stories from women who have walked the same path.

Tenure and Promotion

Join our mentoring circle for pre-tenure faculty, a supportive space where early-career academics connect with experienced mentors. Navigate the path to tenure with insights, advice, and a collaborative community dedicated to your professional growth in academia.

Teaching Professor

Engage with experienced educators who are ready to share insights, strategies, and stories about navigating the challenges and triumphs in the academic world. Bring your questions, and benefit from the collective wisdom of mentors who have walked a similar path. Join our teaching circle, where collaboration and shared experiences can enhance your journey as an educator and leader in academia.

2:00 pm – 2:50 – Parallel Sessions (choose one)

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3:00 pm – 3:50 pm – Parallel Sessions

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Women in Tech Leadership Panel Discussion

 

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm – Full program schedule will become available in September

Panel Session:

Moderated by: Full program schedule will become available in September

Speakers:

 

Leadership in Tech:
It can be difficult to think beyond the next internship, the first post-grad work placement, or the next promotion, but it is important to be more deliberate in one’s career choices. In this panel, we discuss different career trajectories in leadership in tech, with lots of time for questions from the audience.

 

Speakers List Profiles

 

Full speakers listing will become available in September.

Speaker List Profiles

Keynote Speakers

Tanjulia Akter

Electronic Arts

Christina Fung

CGI

Parallel Session Speakers

Christina Fung

University of Toronto

Anne Marie Salter

Canadian Center for Cyber Security – Communications Security Establishment

Bethany Edmunds

Northeastern University

Banani Roy

University of Saskatchewan

Jennifer Chan

BMO

Joanne Atlee

University of Waterloo

FeiFei Han

Carnegie Mellon University

Jacqueline Smith

University of Toronto

Japnit Ahuja

Go Girl Organisation

Jodi Tims

Northeastern University

Kate McRoberts

University of Guelph

Kelly Lyons

University of Toronto

Marwa El-Khatib

Morgan Stanley

Wendy Powley

Queen's University

Ouldooz Baghban Karimi

Simon Fraser University

Shital Desai

York University

Sadia Sharmin

University of Toronto

Lightning Talk Speakers

Enas Aitarawneh

York University

Lorena Barreto

Concordia University

Mahzabeen Emu

Queen's University

Medha Muppala

University of Windsor

Meriem Ben Chaaben

University of Montreal

Mouna Dhaouadi

University of Montreal

Parnian Eslamloo

University of Saskatchewan

Pragya Bhandari

The University of British Columbia

Sandra Kumi

University of Saskatchewan

Shri Harini Ramesh

Carleton University

Somayeh Fatahi

University of Saskatchewan

Swati Goswami

The University of British Columbia

Wejdene Haouari

York University

Yan Yan

University of Guelph

Lightning Talks

Unveil Your Expertise & Knowledge at Canada’s Premier Conference for Emerging Computing Minds!

Do you possess an enthralling academic research endeavour craving a spotlight among fellow burgeoning computer scientists? Brace yourself for the exceptional opportunity that awaits you at the 2024 Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC). This is your stage to illuminate, captivate, and spark dialogues that resonate long after the event.

Why CAN-CWiC is Your Ultimate Canvas

Showcase Brilliance

This is your moment to bring your innovation, hard work, and creativity to the forefront. Share your projects and achievements with a receptive audience that hungers for inspiration.

Energize Discourse

Engage in spirited discussions and steer conversations toward the next horizon of computing. Your input could be the spark that ignites new ideas and collaborations.

Ignite Connections

Forge connections with like-minded minds and potential collaborators. CAN-CWiC is a bustling hub of future computing leaders.

Elevate Your Profile:

Woven into a conference experience that fosters growth, CAN-CWiC provides a unique opportunity to bolster your professional standing. Your contribution will be recognized among the brightest minds in the computing sphere.

Deadline

Applications remain open until the stroke of midnight on September 30, 2024.

Session Length

Each lightning presentation on October 26 is slated for a 5 minute duration.

Seize The Spotlight:

Step forward into the limelight by expressing your interest through the form below. The CAN-CWiC Program Committee will curate an electrifying program that aligns with the conference’s essence, making every effort to accommodate as many remarkable sessions as possible. We will notify you the second week of October if your presentation made it into the program.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Become a beacon of inspiration at the 2024 Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing – where your voice, your insights, and your journey shape the next generation of computing excellence.

Ignite curiosity. Fuel progress. Spark connections. Join us at CAN-CWiC 2024.

For more Info Contact:

Gina van Dalen, Executive Director, CS-CAN|INFO-CAN

gina_vandalen@cscan-infocan.ca

Call For Presentations

Unveil Your Expertise & Knowledge at Canada’s Premier Conference for Emerging Computing Minds!

Do you possess an enthralling academic research endeavor craving a spotlight among fellow burgeoning computer scientists? Are you eager to unravel a riveting real-world case study from your journey in the corporate or non-profit realms? Brace yourself for the exceptional opportunity that awaits you at the 2023 Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC). This is your stage to illuminate, captivate, and spark dialogues that resonate long after the event.

Our audience, a dynamic assembly of post-secondary students ranging from freshmen to accomplished graduates, is eagerly poised to absorb your insights.

Why CAN-CWiC is Your Ultimate Canvas

Showcase Brilliance

This is your moment to bring your innovation, hard work, and creativity to the forefront. Share your projects and achievements with a receptive audience that hungers for inspiration.

Energize Discourse

Engage in spirited discussions and steer conversations toward the next horizon of computing. Your input could be the spark that ignites new ideas and collaborations.

Ignite Connections

Forge connections with like-minded minds and potential collaborators. CAN-CWiC is a bustling hub of future computing leaders.

Elevate Your Profile:

Woven into a conference experience that fosters growth, CAN-CWiC provides a unique opportunity to bolster your professional standing. Your contribution will be recognized among the brightest minds in the computing sphere.

Deadline

Applications remain open until the stroke of midnight on September 30, 2024.

Session Length

Each parallel presentation on October 26 is slated for an engaging 45-minute duration, allowing ample time for immersive insights and vibrant exchanges.

Note on Participation Compensation:

Participation in this captivating journey is a voluntary endeavour, an investment in your personal growth and in nurturing the future of computing. While monetary compensation isn’t part of the equation, the intrinsic rewards of knowledge sharing and community engagement are boundless.

Seize the Spotlight:

Step forward into the limelight by expressing your interest through the form below. The CAN-CWiC Program Committee will curate an electrifying program that aligns with the conference’s essence, making every effort to accommodate as many remarkable sessions as possible. We will notify you the first week of October if your presentation made it into the program.
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Become a beacon of inspiration at the 2024 Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing – where your voice, your insights, and your journey shape the next generation of computing excellence.

Ignite curiosity. Fuel progress. Spark connections. Join us at CAN-CWiC 2024.

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For more information contact:

Gina van Dalen, Executive Director, CS-CAN|INFO-CAN

gina_vandalen@cscan-infocan.ca

Sponsorship

Thank you for your interest in the 14th Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (CAN-CWiC)

CAN-CWiC provides an excellent opportunity to connect with hundreds of female computing students from across the country.

Sponsorship Benefits:

CAN-CWIC is funded by sponsorship by industry, government and universities/colleges. Becoming a sponsor of the CAN-CWIC affords your organization the opportunity to:

Statistics from 2023:

CAN-CWIC is funded by sponsorship by industry, government and universities/colleges. Becoming a sponsor of the CAN-CWIC affords your organization the opportunity to:

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CAN-CWiC is 75% funded through sponsorship by industry, government, universities and colleges.

All funds are used to support student participation. Sponsorship allows CAN-CWiC to offer highly subsidized fees for students to attend all presentations, panels and workshops, participate by giving talks or presenting posters, network with other attendees and attend the career fair and banquet. Thanks to our sponsors, we are also able to provide overnight accommodation, and, in many cases, transportation for students.

Sponsor Packages and Intent to Sponsor Form

Information for Sponsors

Sponsorship Terms

 

 

 

To-Date Confirmed Sponsors

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