The Next Frontier: Meet the Tech Visionaries Designing the Future
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Moderator: Cindy Fagen, COO at SAP Labs Canada
Soodeh Farokhi, Founder and CTO at C2RO Cloud Robotics
Tara Akhavan, Founder & CTO at IRYStec
Josette-Renée Landry, Chief Executive Officer at Streamline Genomics
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Women of Influence is thrilled to announce our return to Montreal for one exclusive engagement on May 15th. Join us for a career-defining evening of learning, connection and inspiration!
Montreal has emerged as an advanced tech hub burgeoning with innovation and three of the industry’s brilliant minds are right here leading the way. From genetics to robotics to perceptual display processing, these are the women literally designing our future through pioneering technology and AI innovation. Their collective impact is fascinating and reaches across the globe — and they’re only getting started.
In a compelling conversation led by Moderator Cindy Fagen, Chief Operating Officer for SAP Labs Canada, our panelists will share their first-hand stories and reveal what the journey to 'success in tech' can look like from very different entry points.
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Our Women of Influence Evening Series is designed to motivate and inspire the next generation of emerging leaders and provide a platform for them to meet their peers and role models who have had early success and high-profile careers. Keynote speakers share tactical advice on negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and personal branding and a structured “Connecting Activity” enables our guests to make career-defining connections.
6:30 – 7:00 pm Registration and Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 7:50pm Keynote Presentation
7:50 – 8:20pm Connecting Activity
8:20 – 8:30pm Door Prize
** Your ticket includes complimentary Wine and Hors d’Ouevres.
[woitab title=”Soodeh Farokhi Biography”]
Soodeh is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of C2RO Cloud Robotics, an award-wining software startup in Montreal, Canada. C2RO offers real-time cognitive AI solutions via an enterprise SaaS platfrom for smart devices. she is a visionary technology entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in computer science (cloud specialist), who was selected among the top 750 digital IT innovators of the world in 2018 and the top young entrepreneur in Quebec in 2018. Soodeh is an energetic and strong leader with over 7 years of industrial experience such as product manager and R&D lead in cloud, telecom. and web service domains, along with six years of technology research background. Her entrepreneurial experience started with co-founding the first research-industrial institute in the field of service-oriented architecture in Iran in 2011. She received her PhD. from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and has an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. both in software engineering.
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Tara Akhavan, Ph.D. is a visionary technology entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of perceptual display processing for the automotive industry. She is the founder and CTO of IRYStec a Series-A Montreal based start-up in the display industry. She has raised and has helped with raising over $8M in Angel and VC funding. Prior to founding IRYStec, she was awarded for scaling an Operations and Maintenance Center (OMC) product in the Telecommunications industry, all the way from analysis and design to deployment in a 3GPP mobile network with 20 Million subscribers. Tara obtained a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a Master degree in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Image Processing and Computer Vision from Vienna University of Technology. Tara is an active member and the Marketing Vice-Chair for the Society of Information Displays (SID).
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Josette is the CEO and founder of Streamline Genomics and visiting scholar at the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal. Prior to launching Streamline, she was VP, Business Development for Mitacs, a research organization where she helped facilitate partnerships between university researchers and industry. During her graduate studies, Josette co-founded a consulting fi rm providing bioinformatics services to the Vancouver biotechnology sector. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the Terry Fox Labs at the UBC in 2003, followed by a PDF at the University of Cambridge. Dr Landry also holds an MBA from HEC Montréal.
[woitab title=”Cindy Fagen Biography”]
Cindy Fagen is chief operating officer for SAP Labs Canada. In this role, Cindy is focused on growing and executing the strategic vision and mission of SAP’s product development and innovation hubs in four locations in and around Canada’s major cities.
Working alongside field organizations in Canada and globally, Cindy connects the technology innovations coming out of SAP’s cutting-edge Canadian labs with some of the largest and most advanced companies in the world. Her chief goal is to create an environment inside Labs Canada that empowers development teams to do their best work in solving the business challenges of today and tomorrow.
In 2009, Cindy founded Scoop Media, and has since brought this entrepreneurial experience to SAP where she fosters an intrapreneurial mindset to create best in class innovation.
Cindy is a customer-focused executive with a reputation of establishing winning cultures and driving innovation. She is passionate about women in leadership, encouraging entrepreneurs to take a leap of faith and giving back to the startup community through mentorship.