Friday, April 7, 2017

QUEERTECH MTL PANEL SAYS IT’S NOT JUST UP TO MANAGERS TO SUPPORT DIVERSITY IN A COMPANY - BETAKIT

by  LAUREN JANE HELLER 
Originally published: April 6, 2017
Publisher: BetaKit.com 

Does diversity drive innovation? That was the big question at this past Thursday’s Queer Tech MTL event, which brought together a group of inspiring and open-minded Montrealers at Desjardins Labs. The moderators and panelists brought the conversations to life, with a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences.

Moderated by Katherine Chennel, a trans woman with more than 45 years of experience as a flight controls systems engineer, the panel included Nicolas Coulombe, the VP of infrastructure and operations technology for Desjardins Financial Group; Ricardo Assemat, a technology consultant in the PwC Canada Workday team, and chair of GLEE Montreal, PwC’s newly created LGBTQ+ employee network group; and Claire Gaillard, communications specialist at CGI and editor-in-chief for Canadian lesbian magazine, Lez Spread the Word (LSTW).