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Tech is a booming industry, but how do you get into the hottest job market in Vancouver?

Learn how you can start and grow your career from the personal experiences of experts in a variety of roles within tech. YWCA Metro Vancouver and the BC Tech Association present a free informational panel and Q&A that will help you break into tech.

Spaces are limited, so register today.


5:30 PM – Networking and refreshments

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM – Panel Discussion

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Breakout group discussion


Christina Buiza, Customer Champion, Zapier

As a Customer Champion in the company’s support team, Christina builds relationships with Zapier’s customers and comes up with creative ways to solve problems. Christina has held roles in customer support, marketing, communications and community management at other tech firms including Thinkific, Buffer, and VentureLabs.

Christina graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Sociology. She is an avid volunteer and has helped organize events including Startup Weekend Vancouver, TEDxSFU, and has served in non-profit organizations including Startup Canada, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, AIESEC and was a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow Program.

Tia Fomenoff, Director of Talent and Culture, Thinkific

Tia Fomenoff switched to the tech world a few years ago from a non-profit and tourism background, she picked up a few skills along the way, especially in the areas of social media strategy, customer success, content marketing, community management, product marketing and growing start-up teams.

Previously at high-growth tech companies Unbounce and Buffer, Tia is now the Director of People and Culture at Thinkific.

Stefanie McAuley, Senior Manager, Partnership Marketing, PressReader

As a writer and marketing specialist, Stefanie’s worked with some of the biggest brands around the globe. Brands like Quiksilver, Roxy, Tim Hortons, Nike, Adidas, Warner Bros., Coca-Cola, Stella Artois, Vancouver Giants, Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, MAC cosmetics, and Benefit cosmetics have turned to her for thoughtful strategic-planning and effective creative writing.

Over the last decade, she’s lived in four different countries, on three different continents. She accredits her expertise in communications to working at Hearst Magazines UK in London, with some of the biggest names in media. And her time spent in Ghana running events and working as a consultant inspired the work of her first novel – coming soon!

Now, back in Vancouver, she’s taken her skills to the world of tech as the Senior Manager of Partnership Marketing at PressReader, the world’s largest digital newsstand. Here, she works with more than 7,000 global publications like Vogue, The Washington Post and Fast Co. to help their brands evolve into their digital strategy, while being distributed through thousands of business partners including Cathay Pacific, Fairmont Hotels and New York Public Library.

Stef’s lifestyle blog, Broad World, features women who boldly create their own futures, and hunt down success with sustainability and mindfulness.

Aiza Cervantes, Software Dev, Clio

Aiza graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University. She worked for 4 years under Canada Revenue Agency as an IT Developer. In late 2015 Aiza accepted a job as a Software Developer for Clio, a company that specializes in cloud-based law practice management software. In her spare time Aiza volunteers for Girls Learning Code and assists a parish church with their computer needs. She is also part of the music ministry at her church, which brings balance to her life as it affords her a break from geeking out on computers.

Christine Poh, Freelance UX Designer and Digital Strategist

Christine first learned about User Experience while attending SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Through the SFU Co-op program, she spent a year at BlackBerry in Toronto, designing systems and applications for their mobile phones.

After graduation, she moved to San Francisco to work for an advertising agency, AKQA. At AKQA, she had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest brands worldwide, including audiusa.com, which launched in 2013.

Over the last six years, Christine has helped organizations like Twitter, Coast Capital Savings, Lululemon, and Adidas improve their customer experiences and services on web and mobile platforms.

Jennifer Waldern, Developer and Data Analyst, SAP

Jennifer Waldern is the Co-Managing Director of Girls in Tech Vancouver. She is a Developer and Data Analyst at SAP, and is a UBC Computer Science alumni. She has been involved with advocating for diversity and women in technology for 8 years, and believes in ensuring technical literacy for everyone, especially given the speed of the industry. Jennifer just returned from Budapest where she swam at the FINA International Synchronized Swimming competition with her Vancouver Masters Synchro Team.

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About YWCA Metro Vancouver: YWCA Metro Vancouver is a registered charity providing a range of integrated services for women and their families, and those seeking to improve the quality of their lives. From early learning and child care to housing, health and fitness, employment services and leadership, YWCA Metro Vancouver touches lives in our communities.

The BC Tech Association is guided by our vision of making BC the best place to grow a tech company. For more than 20 years, BC Tech (formerly the BCTIA) has been providing opportunities for the tech industry to collaborate, learn, and grow together. We are dedicated to connecting companies, developing talent, sharing stories, and advocating on behalf of tech companies to keep our industry thriving.

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