Canada is a place where people from many diverse backgrounds call home. Since Canada Day is on July 1st 2018, We decided to outline the amazing work of Canadians in tech! Enjoy our list of the Top 10 Diverse Canadians in Tech Making a Social Impact. This is merely a glimpse of the many milestones in tech happening within our country.
1. We are so inspired by Jeanette Stock, the founder of VentureOut. Stock is creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQA+ people to navigate the tech world. Venture Out brings attention to the work of LGBTQA+ tech leaders, projects, and companies. They host events and conferences, in order to bring together ideas and connect early-career professionals with new opportunities. Follow Jeanette on Twitter: @JeanetteStock⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Hip hip hooray for Saadia Muzaffar, the founder of TechGirls Canada! TechGirls Canada supports women of colour, LGBTQ+, and Aboriginal women by advocating for resources and public and private-sector partnerships on their behalf. Saadia is keen on creating dialogue and conversations about supporting marginalized people in tech. For all this and more, follow Saadia’s journey on Twitter: @ThisTechGirl.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. The founder of AccessNow, Maayan Ziv is an inspiring and brilliant mind to watch out for. AccessNow’s app allows users to pinpoint areas in their city that are accessible to people with disabilities. Ziv is an outspoken advocate for creating a more accessible world. She has even been a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee media. Follow Mayyan on Twitter: @MaayanZiv. ⠀
4. Meet the brains behind Think Dirty, founder Lily Tse. ThinkDirty is a mobile app that connects ingredient-conscious beauty shoppers to natural beauty brands. After battling a family history of cancer, Lily was moved to deconstruct the negative impact of cosmetics on our health. The list of toxins found in makeup pose serious threats, to the point where they banned from food and beverages. This uproar stirred up a mastermind of a solution. The app creates a simpler way to access and assess information about products’ ingredients and their possible health implications. Follow Lily on Twitter: @thinkdirty. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. Watch out for the dynamic duo, Veronica Nnesa and Freeda Mulenga, founders of Kuwala. Kuwala is an e-commerce website that enables African fashion designers to sell their clothing globally. Kuwala curates exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces from socially responsible fashion brands inspired by Africa. This digital platform bridges talented designers and ethical women’s cooperatives in Africa, with socially-conscious consumers around the world. Follow them on twitter: @KuwalaCo.⠀⠀⠀⠀
6. Get to know Miguel Kudry, the founder and CEO of HelpHub. HelpHub is an open marketplace that allows students and tutors to connect through instant message on an as-needed basis. HelpHub helps students in various forms, which differs from traditional tutoring services. Students are able to acquire, short-term help with quick questions, or longer assistance, based on individualized needs. Follow Miguel on Twitter: @kudry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
7. Introducing, John Philip Green, founder and CEO of CareGuide @JohnPhillipGreen. The company strives to pair families and individuals with great care providers. Their commitment to excellent care allows thousands of users to find the best care provider, within in their area, in just about any industry. In spite of a long string of success with that mission, the company continues to expand into supporting services such as payroll and tax services, with an eye for further acquisitions in the future.⠀
8. The legendary Kartik Sawhney, the Co-Founder of NextBillion.org @nextbillionorg. NextBillion.org is a platform where people with invisible and visible disabilities are matched with industry leaders from various tech-related businesses. They partner up in a 12-week personal mentorship program with access to resources, community and job opportunities. The team at NextBillion are paving the way for the future. Their goal is to break down the barriers and stigma around disabilities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
9. Like Superman, but in real life, Brenden Frey, CEO and Co-Founder of Deep Genomics @deepgenomics. Deep Genomics is using artificial intelligence to build a new universe of life-saving genetic therapies. Are you impressed yet? The company believes that the future of medicine will rely on AI, because “biology is too complex for humans to understand.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10. We’re fangirling hard over, Shahrzad Rafati, the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV (BBTV). Rafati is the powerhouse behind the largest multi-platform network in the world. Her brilliance has garnered recognition as one of the 100 most creative people in business. Shahrzad’s is a living testimony of turning you ideas and dreams into a lucrative business opportunity. Follow Shahrzad on Twitter: @shahrzadrafati.⠀⠀⠀
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