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Mohandes Monthly Seminar: Diversity in IT: The Case of Women in Technology

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sheraton Hotel - 600 Hwy 7 E, Richmond Hill


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Dear Memebrs,

You are cordially invited to join us in Mohandes Monthly Seminar in Feb, entitled:

"Diversity in IT: The Case of Women in Technology"

Wednesday, Feb 7th, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Sheraton Hotel 600 Hwy 7 E, Richmond Hill

(Markham Room)

Agenda of the Meeting:  

  • 6:00 pm  Refreshments & Professional Networking
  • 7:00 pm  Welcoming by the Chair
  • 7:10 pm  Statement by the Honorary Chair of the session
  • 7:20 pm  Seminar Presentation
  • 8:10 pm  Q/A

About the Speaker:

Maryam Ghiai is Technology Delivery  VP in Corporate Technology at TD bank. She is a senior IT executive with international experience in a diverse range of sectors including the software industry, pension funds, and banking from capital markets and risk management to wealth management, retail and insurance.

Maryam is a change and transformation champion and a passionate leader who has led transformational and complex technology programs in organizations such as Bank of Montreal, Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan and most recently TD Bank.

She is an active advocate of women in leadership roles as well as women in technology and is a member of the TD technology executive committee for Women In Leadership.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Econometrics and statistics from University of Paris II (Panthéon - Assas) and a Master's degree in Money, Banking, and Finance from University of Paris I (Panthéon -Sorbonne).

She has lived and worked in 3 continents and 6 countries and is fluent in English, French and Farsi. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their 3 sons.


As Jobs in technology related fields have grown by 22% in the last 10 years, more than any other profession, the number of women in these jobs have been steadily decreasing. This is not only a social issue affecting all of us but it is also a lost economic opportunity. This discussion will focus on what the current situation is in terms of women in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related fields and technology related jobs, why are women under represented ( the conscious and unconscious biases that push women away from STEM) and what can be done to change the picture.


Honorary Chair of the Session: 

Ms. Masoumeh Jafarzadeh

Masoumeh Jafarzadeh is a professional engineer of Ontario (P.Eng.), certified project manager (PMP), and certified value specialist (CVS.) She has worked for Ontario Power Generation for over 10 years being responsible for project oversight and improvement section and also setting standards for development of value engineering.  Masoumeh holds her B.S. in industrial engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran - Iran, and her M.S. in management of technology from the University of Waterloo in Canada.  She has worked as industrial engineer, contract manager, and project manager for over 25 year in manufacturing environment including aerospace, sheet metal, and pump industries in Iran, U.S., and Canada. 

Masoumeh has been a member of Mohandes board for 4 years taking the role of treasurer and director of social committee during 2000 - 2004

She Won the first prize for the article “How Managers Should Decide about the Rank of Automation” in a manufacturing conference in Sharif University of Technology 1993, was selected as Engineer of the year at Iran Aircraft Industry 1990, and received a highly valued award for managing the Boeing project in Iran.


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