I love Calgary. But the fact that we are one of the “worst places to be a woman in Canada” irks me. We are a highly diverse, multicultural city with so much to do and so much to experience and I want people to see that. It’s time for change. It’s time to show people that Calgary is inclusive and diverse. It’s time to create an environment where women are fully participating in, contributing to, and leading efforts to build Alberta’s economy. And this is exactly what KNOVO aims to do.
As a woman in a male dominated industry (a triple whammy of technology, engineering, and oil and gas at Zedi) I was excited to attend KNOVO’s launch event. I had the pleasure of interviewing Megan Zimmerman of Calgary Economic Development about KNOVO and keynote speaker Suzanne West of Imaginea Energy on her perspectives of women in the industry. The panel discussions represented by Catalyst Canada, Shell Canada, Long View Systems, Cisco Systems Canada, and Sanjel Corporation were engaging and eye-opening. The filmed message from Mayor Naheed Nenshi was a nice touch, too! Overall I left inspired and motivated to keep doing what I’m doing: representing women in my career and contributing to an industry where my voice needs to be heard.