February 25, 2018

Stanford Global Conference: Women in Data Sciences (WIDS) Advancing AI & Data Sciences Leadership (Ottawa)


Ottawa, ON…
250 men and women are meeting at the Ottawa Museum of Science and Technology on March 5th, 2018 to explore the advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences and its impact on advancing industry modernization.

This Forum sponsored by Stanford and the global Women in Data Sciences (WIDS) is bringing together 150 cities to advance the awareness of the value of a career in AI and Data Sciences.

Speakers advancing the WIDS vision on March 5th, include AI and Data Science leaders from Element AI, Georgian Partners, IBM, Accenture, Shopify, Halycyon Consulting, IT World Canada, SalesChoice Inc., and Master’s Students from Ottawa University.


National CATA Spokesperson for advancing women in STEM,
Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO and Founder of AI Guided Selling company, SalesChoice Inc., says, “CATA and SalesChoice wanted to sponsor this conference as it is the first time in Canada that there has been a forum of Women only speakers, discussing AI and Data Sciences.”

Gordon added, “We are teaming up with Stanford University, Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) to help set a powerful global vision to reinforce the contributions women can and need to make in mathematical and computing capabilities to understand and solve big, complex problems and further modernize industries, and nations. ”

One of the global WIDS Canadian communities advancing the equity agenda, is being led by Ottawa Community Leader, Alyson Gaffney, VP Marketing and Partnerships, Leonouvs, and President of Gaffney Consulting.

Gaffney noted,  “Canada has produced major breakthroughs in AI and we expect this to accelerate in the future. Attracting, developing and retaining women in AI and Data Sciences is going to key to Canada’s innovation success. The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Ottawa Conference, aims to inspire and educate, globally, latest insights on Artificial Intelligence (AI) from some of Canada’s leading female scientists and experts.”

Media Sponsor, IT World Canada CEO , Fawn Annan, moderator for the AI monitization discussion at the Forum said, “ AI is a high potential growth sector for Canada. Notwithstanding, there is less than 25% of women employed in Canada advancing AI and data sciences, and, in the AI founder community, there are less than 5% of new start up’s with women founders or co-founders. When you look more closely at the enrollments of women in AI Computing Deep Learning fields in university programs, the numbers also are simply too low to ensure that new AI solutions bring balanced designs into the market. “

John Reid, President of CATAAlliance, concluded,  “One of the ways that women can be more visible in the Canadian and Global Ecosystem is to register their profile in the AI Directory at www.aidirectory.ca a community HUB developed by CATA, IT Word Canada and Saleschoice to help bring our Canadian ecosystem more rapidly together coast to coast.”
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To register for global experience locations go to: http://www.widsconference.org/register.html
To register for this  forum, go to: https://alysongaffney.wixsite.com/widsottawa

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PRESS CONTACTS: For more information, and to schedule interviews, please contact:

SALESCHOICE CONTACT: Malay Upadhyay,Director of Marketing, Communications & Strategic BD, SalesChoice Inc. 343-989-0363 malay.upadhyay@saleschoice.com or contact us at email marketing@saleschoice.com

CATA CONTACT: CATAAlliance CEO, John Reid at email jreid@cata.ca, tel: 613-699-8209, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation. Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

IT WORLD CONTACT: Go to https://www.itwc.ca/contact-us.php 

WIDS OTTAWA CONTACT: Alyson Gaffney, VP Marketing and Partnerships, Leonouvs and President, Gaffney Consulting https://alysongaffney.wixsite.com/widsottawa