Who are we
We are women and men working in technology and / or involved in social inclusion processes. We are fed up with the under-representation of women at technology events. The situation must change.
Chloé Freslon, columnist and consultant
Chloe is a woman with a mission to make Montreal the startup city that has found concrete solutions to bridge the gender gap in the technology industry. She is a consultant to IT companies who want diversity. You have probably seen her on panels, read her URelles blog at the Métro newspaper, or heard her on La Sphère on ICI Première Radio-Canada.
Gabriel Guzman, Director of Development
Gabriel has been in the tech world since receiving his first computer in 1987. He has worked as an IT Support Specialist, programmer and now Director of Development for Lightspeed POS. He believes that technology must be open and accessible to all. The birth of her daughter has stimulated his desire to do more to help make the world of technology a more inclusive place.
Claudia Perez Lévesque, entrepreneur
Claudia is one of those women who are excited about never settling for the status quo. She studied and worked in the clean tech industry. She founded two companies, one in the wind energy sector and the other to allow immigrant women to share their culinary knowledge. She became involved in the manifesto because she believes that the sum of small actions can change the world.
Claire Maryniak, communication consultant
Claire is happiest at the intersection of culture, language, and innovative solutions with the power to change the world. She studied in translation, linguistics, and sustainable development, and worked in non-profits and cleantech start-ups before launching a communications and linguistic services company. She is committed to the Manifesto as a collaborative tool for building a stronger, fairer, and more creative society.
Mahault Albarracin, sexologist
Mahault is a sexologist finishing her master’s degree in gender and media studies. She has experienced different fields from Yoga, to Academia to Tech, and traveled around south-eastern Asia, Europe and America. Her perspective is constructivist, Queer and intersectional. She is the CTO and co-founder of Sexualis, a tech startup mixing all of her passions.
Virginie Caparros, business matchmaker and new IT recruit
Virginie is an administrative expert and has built her experience with leading directors and CEOs. Her passion for new technologies and the human relationships at the heart of them led her to seek a DEP in computer support. As a result of this positioning, she felt concerned by the cruel lack of women in this sector and the enormous potential to which we are missing, starting with our beautiful province. Her ability to create contacts in industries encourages her to create projects between women, discoveries, knowledge transfer and new technologies.
Tasneem Hoque, IT Technician
Tasneem is a woman in tech that is and always has been very passionate of technology. She studied in psychology, sociology and IT. In her free time, she likes to play video games, draw, enjoy the simplest things in life, such as, having long walks in the nature, water her plants and having a cup of tea or coffee during a rainy day while reading a book. She is working as the only IT women at TrackTik, a security-based company. She got involved into the manifesto because she wants to be able to promote the world of technology to both genders’ equally. She also hopes that in the near future, there won’t be any sexism in career jobs where the majority are men.
Jade Bourdages, Managing Director
Jade manages an agency that develops specialized technology for charities and nonprofits. It was essential for her to establish an atmosphere where everyone in her team could be comfortable. The technology field is constantly evolving; Jade believes that workplace climate and gender equality must do the same.
In May 2018, seven women from Montreal’s tech community got together: Geneviève Bégin, Chloé Freslon, Rachade Hmamouchi, Rachelle Jean-Pierre, Claudia Perez-Levesque, Laurence de Villiers, and Lilia Ould Hocine.
They wanted to discuss issues they faced around their underrepresentation in the tech industry as well as to find a swift and concrete solution.
The group decided to confront the issue of tech events, where gender representation is often far from equal. They founded the Women in Tech Manifesto non-profit.
After several months of work, the Manifesto was launched in September 2018 at Notman House to a record crowd and an industry that clearly had been waiting a long time for this kind of initiative.