Current Events: 2024 International Women's Day - April 27, 2024

Saturday, April 27 · 9am – 1pm MDT

Heritage Hall SAIT Calgary, AB T2M (weekend parking rates)

This year’s theme is: The Future of the Woman Leader. Together let’s explore the future woman leader who will embody a powerful combination of leadership qualities, driving positive change, fostering innovation, and championing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of leadership and decision-making.

We are so excited to have some of our community leading women be part of this important event


9:00am – Introductions and Welcome

9:30 am – Keynote Speaker: Honourable Leela Sharon Aheer

10:00am – Panel discussion: Leela Sharon Aheer, Jeny Mathews-Thusoo, Fola Alabi

10:30am – Break

10:45am -The Futures of Women Leadership: Jeny Mathews-Thusoo  

12:30pm – Wrap up and Networking



Women Carving Space in the Tech Scene

Addressing how women are making significant strides into the tech industry.

 Here’s an interesting conversation: Women taking over the tech scene. Oh how far we have come, there’s never been a better time to become a woman in tech. There’s no doubt about it, the industry has changed for the better, it might surprise you but despite the old boys’ club vibe, women are making huge impact, flipping the script and leaving their mark like never before.

Now, breaking into a male dominated field is not a walk in the park. There is this annoying stigma that tech is not a woman’s world. But guess what? We are here to  prove them wrong, one line of code at a time.

But things are easier said than done, so how do we do it? Here are some tips to help you navigate and conquer the tech industry.

  1. Learn. Learn: Dive into STEM courses like there is no tomorrow. Join workshops, take online courses, and never stop feeding your curious mind. After all, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
  2. Own Your Place: It’s a given that Confidence is key so do not be shy to speak your mind. Share your ideas and show off your skills. You belong here as much as everyone else, so own it!
  3. Find Your Community: Surround yourself with fellow tech-loving women who have your back. Join communities, attend meetups, and build your support network.
  4. Show Them What You are Made Of: Break those stereotypes by overachieving. Let your work speak volumes and prove that tech knows no gender.
  5. Balance Is Everything: Remember to take care of yourself amidst all the developing and troubleshooting pandemonium. Find that sweet spot between work and play and do not forget to kick back and relax.

Now that we have gotten all those points out there. Let us hit pause and ask ourselves a few real-talk questions:

  • How can we make the tech industry more welcoming and inclusive for everyone?
  • What steps can we take to encourage girls and women to pursue STEM careers?
  • How can we support each other in this roller coaster ride to a male-dominated industry?

As we face these questions head-on and supporting each other every step of the way, we are building a future where women thrive in tech. So let us keep on rocking those keyboards, breaking barriers, and showing off that tech is for everyone.

And guess what? Alberta Educational Centre with their range of Certifications and Diplomas is opening doors for women to pursue a career in tech, promoting inclusivity and diversity, we are not just aiming of a more inclusive tech world – we are making it happen through our students.

2023 International Women's Day Gathering

2023 Speakers Series

March 17, 2023 Lunch & Learn: Use Your Breath! Breathing Techniques For Stress Reduction and Focus

Dr. Virginia Hurdon, MD, ACC, NBC-HWC, MHFA is a certified health and wellness coach and a retired palliative care physician based in Ottawa, Ontario. As part of her recovery from a serious illness in the mid 2010s, she experienced first-hand the transformative power of wellness coaching, first as a client, then as a coaching student. Virginia formally retired from medicine in 2019, and is now settled into her ‘second act’ as a health and wellness coach with a passion for holistic well-being. She works with many people who want to find peace, joy, meaning in their lives, and sustainable health. Virginia has a special interest in physician wellness.


When you are in a stressful situation, what is the last thing on your mind? Your breathing! In this experiential hour, discover why your breathing can be an effective stress reduction tool, and how to use it to your best advantage. Learn and practice some renowned ancient and modern breathwork that can clear your mind, focus your thoughts, prepare you for what’s next, or help you let go of the day. You’ll come away with a personalized plan to incorporate these techniques into everyday life, and resources to further your learning.

June 7, 2023: Gentle Nutrition: A non-diet approach to healthy eating

Sherry is a certified coach and trained intuitive eating counselor. She left an accomplished  and successful 25 year career as an IT professional and corporate executive to start her own health coaching business. Her passion is helping women in midlife end chronic dieting by taking a non-diet approach to health. 


When did eating, one of the most basic and fundamental human needs get so complicated? It doesn’t have to be. Join Sherry as she discusses how diet culture, fad diets and misinformation from unqualified, self-proclaimed experts and influencers muddy the waters of what constitutes a healthy diet. Add in food rules, negative self-talk and distorted body image and you have a trifecta of factors that contribute to a loss of trust in our own inner knowing of what is right for us to satisfy our needs. With Gentle Nutrition we move away from classifying foods as “good” and “bad” and towards a healthier balanced relationship with food, one where there is a place for both “nutritious” foods and “fun” foods

May 25, 2023: Conversations & Coffee with Tara Duncan – Founder of Urban Calm Coffee

Spend a relaxing evening making new connections and sampling delicious coffee while Tara Duncan, President and Founder of Urban Calm Coffee Company shares her entrepreneurial journey and insights into the making of a coffee company.