14 Canadian women in tech who you should know about
To celebrate International Women’s Day, get to know some Canadian entrepreneurs who are paving the way in the tech world.
According to a study by Statistics Canada, although women now account for the majority of university graduates, they are less likely than men to hold a degree in a STEM field of study.
It found that in college graduates three in 10 men had studied in a STEM field, while fewer than 1 in 10 women had studied in a STEM field.
This is attributed to a number of factors, such as parental expectations, peer norms, a lack of self-confidence in STEM-related subjects, and a lack of female role models.
That’s why it’s important to promote and lift up women who are paving the way in STEM-related fields, to show others that success for women in tech can be the norm.
Here are 14 Canadian women making big moves in the tech industry with their own companies and apps.
Ania Wysocka is the founder and creator of Rootd, a mobile app for anxiety and panic attack relief inspired by personal experience. The company is based in Victoria, BC.
Wysocka has committed to helping nearly 600,000 people in over 150 countries with her app that provides therapist-approved lessons and exercises to help those experiencing anxiety.
Rootd is an entirely female owned and led Canadian mobile application and is available on the App Store for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Android.
Sarah Boland is the founder and CEO of Life Lapse, a stop-motion app for small business owners, creators, and influencers to create “eye-catching” video content using just their phone. As a former professional videographer and marketer, Boland helped brands create and integrate video into their social media strategies. Because video marketing can be expensive, she set out to create Life Lapse to make it more accessible.
Originally from Toronto, Boland now calls Vancouver home with her husband and dog, and she is expecting twins this May.
Life Lapse is available on the App Store and Android with over 1.5 million users across 175 countries and in seven languages.
Janelle Hinds is the founder of Helping Hands, a platform that matches Ontario students with volunteer opportunities for local organizations in need of help.
The platform allows students to give back, obtain community hours needed to graduate, and have new experiences, while allowing charities to serve their communities better. According to DMZ Ryerson, Hinds also volunteers as a program coordinator with local Toronto shelters where she delivers workshops to newcomers and racialized youth to build leadership skills and ensure all youth are active citizens.