2010 Conference Program
Friday, October 22nd
03:00 pm Registration opens
06:30 pm Musical Appetizers
06:45 pm - 07:30 pm Welcome Remarks: Alain Chesnais and Dinner
07:30 pm - 08:00 pm Keynote Speech: Dr. Valerie Davidson
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm Poster session
09:00 pm - 10:00 pm Evening social event
10:00 pm - 12:00 am Games and desserts
Saturday, October 23rd
08:00 am Breakfast
08:30 am - 09:20 am Keynote speech: Debra Danielson
09:30 am - 11:00 am Presentation Sessions (Details: TBA)
11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Panel: “Careers in Academia and Industry”
12:30 pm - 02:00 pm Lunch and Keynote Speech: Kim McLeod
02:00 pm - 02:45 pm IBM Sponsored Session: “Enabling a Smarter Planet” & Workshop: “Youth Outreach: Strategies for Success”
02:45 pm - 03:00 pm Coffee break
03:00 pm - 03:45 pm CA Sponsored Session “Technology Trends for the Future, and Their Implications” &
Workshop: “Communicating Effectively in Male Dominated Professions”
04:00 pm - 04:45 pm Panel: “The Impostor Syndrome”
04:45 pm Closing remarks
Senior Vice President, Center of Excellence
Debra Danielson is a Distinguished Engineer and is Senior Vice President, Center of Excellence at CA Technologies. Debra is responsible for common engineering services, competence for non-functional requirements, and site & skill strategy, in support of the Development and Technology Group. This includes Engineering Systems and Services, Configuration Management as a Service, Development and Test Tool Management, Labs on Demand, the Source Code Office, Product Investment and Management Excellence tools, Development Services, Integration QA, the Vulnerability Response Team and Security Center of Excellence, Global Site Strategy, Federal Certifications, and International Labs.
Previously, Debra was Senior Vice President and Distinguished Engineer, Engineering Operations, responsible for tools and processes that supported the operations of the CA Technologies Products and Technologies Group. This included monitoring and managing the design and operations of the governance model for the R&D organization.
Prior to that, Debra was Senior Vice President, Emerging Strategic Alliances focusing on developing business opportunities with organizations which are not traditional strategic partners with CA Technologies.
Debra was President of the CA Technologies Council for Technical Excellence from 2006 to 2009. The president of the CA Technologies Council for Technical Excellence is the leader and advocate for the CA Technologies technical community as a whole, and the Council in particular.
Prior to that, Debra was Vice President, Development in the CA Technologies Center for Technology Architecture in the Office of the CTO. She was responsible for user interface architectures and standards and product user experience strategy at CA Technologies.
Debra joined CA Technologies in 1988, and has more than 25 years experience in all aspects of research and development.
Debra holds a bachelor of arts in economics and applied mathematics from Boston University.
Valerie J. Davidson
School of Engineering
University of Guelph
Valerie is a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. Her current research focus is assessment and management of microbial risks in food systems.
Valerie is committed to the support of women in science and engineering. From 1990 to 1992, she served as a member of the Canadian Committee on Women in Engineering. In 2002 Valerie was a co-recipient of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) Award for Support of Women in Engineering, an award that recognises noteworthy support of women in the engineering profession and engineering excellence. In September 2003, Valerie was named as the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Ontario region. She started a renewal term in 2008 with financial support from Research In Motion (RIM). The objectives of the chair program are to encourage women to study science and engineering and to consider careers in related areas and improve retention of women in undergraduate programs and early careers related to sciences and engineering (www.cwse-on.ca ).
Leadership Development and Academic Initiatives Program Manager
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Her love of event planning, project management, program development and creating opportunities for the advancement of women is what brought Kim to the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. As the Program Manager for Leadership Development and Academic Initiatives, Kim manages the corporate and academic scholarship program for ABI’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (GHC). Additionally, Kim designs and implements leadership development programs for technical women–such as ABI’s TechLeaders, Savvy Geek Chix and Women of Color initiatives at GHC. Prior to joining ABI, Kim worked in secondary and higher education administration. She has served as a Director of Admission and Director of Diversity at two Bay Area Independent schools. Kim was also an Admission Counselor for Multicultural Recruitment at her alma mater, Smith College, where she majored in Art History & Government. She has an M.S. in Education Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Founder, Visual Transitions
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alain Chesnais is President of ACM, elected for the two-year term beginning July 1, 2010.
Chesnais studied at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique and l’Université de Paris where he earned a Maîtrise de Mathematiques, a Maitrise de Structure Mathématique de l’Informatique, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in Compuer Science. He was a high school student at the United Nations International School in New York, where, along with preparing his International Baccalaureate with a focus on Math, Physics and Chemistry, he also studied Mandarin Chinese.
Chesnais recently founded Visual Transitions, which specializes in helping companies move to HTML 5, the newest standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. He was the CTO of SceneCaster.com from June 2007 until April 2010, and was Vice President of Product Development at Tucows Inc. from July 2005 – May 2007. He also served as director of engineering at Alias|Wavefront on the team that received an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for developing the Maya 3D software package.
Prior to his election as ACM president, Chesnais was vice president from July 2008 – June 2010 as well as secretary/treasurer from July 2006 – June 2008. He also served as president of ACM SIGGRAPH from July 2002 – June 2005 and as SIG Governing Board Chair from July 2000 – June 2002.
As a French citizen now residing in Canada, he has more than 20 years of management experience in the software industry. He joined the local SIGGRAPH Chapter in Paris some 20 years ago as a volunteer and has continued his involvement with ACM in a variety of leadership capacities since then.
Workshops and Panel Sessions
Careers in Academia and Industry
Organizers/Panelists: Kelly Lyons, University of Toronto and Sheila McIlraith, University of Toronto and Parvin Mousavi, Queen’s University and Gabby Silberman, CA Labs and Michelle Crane, IBM.
This panel will address and discuss the differences and similarities in careers in academia and industry for women in computer science. The goal is to engage in a discussion with and provide information to students and professionals about diversity in choices of career, specifically looking at issues from the perspective of women. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions specific to the panelists’ career choice and about issues facing women in various careers. They will also have an opportunity to meet with and hear from women role models in computer science. This will help attendees who are choosing a career or soon will be to learn more about the opportunities. For attendees already in their careers, it will provide an opportunity to learn more about other careers.
Youth Outreach: Strategies for Success
Presenter: Melanie Veltman, University of Guelph.
The goal of this workshop is to share strategies for success in youth outreach in the area of computer science and engineering / computing and information technology. This workshop, led by CWSE-ON's Youth Outreach Officer, will present recent successes in youth outreach with the Scratch programming language, Pico Crickets and Lego Mindstorms robotics kits, and two low-cost/low-resource workshops which introduce computer science and engineering to youths in a fun and relevant way. The workshop will give its attendees new and creative ideas for youth outreach initiatives, including worksheets and information guides for easy to deliver paper based workshops.
Communicating Effectively in Male Dominated Professions
Organizers/Presenters: Valerie J. Davidson, University of Guelph and Melanie Veltman, University of Guelph.
The goal of this workshop is to share strategies for communicating effectively in male dominated work and classroom environments. Given that the overwhelming majority of students, academics and professionals in computing technology fields are male, it is often the case that strategies and paradigms for achievement common among males are accepted as a singular model for success. Things like leadership and good communication may come to be defined based on the qualities of existing leaders (e.g., boldness, certainty), which do not reflect the tendencies of those with different cultural or gender experiences. This workshop will discuss the impact our communication styles may have on our interactions and our success in work and study. The workshop will benefit its attendees with a heightened awareness of the impact their communication tendencies have on their interactions, and tools for improving their communication in the workplace.
Technology Trends for the Future, and Their Implications
CA Sponsor Session
Presenter: Carrie Gates, CA Labs.
There are many economic, social and political trends that impact on the software industry globally. In order to remain competitive, software companies need to be aware of these trends and continually evaluate how they will impact on their own business, as well as how they can use these trends to improve their products and potentially gain competitive advantage. In this talk we will discuss the drivers that affect the software development industry globally. These drivers result in technology trends, ranging from topics such as increasing miniaturization to social computing to a mobile workforce. We identify what we consider to be the top 10 technology trends that will affect the software industry as a whole, and which in turn will impact our global society.
Enabling a Smarter Planet
IBM Sponsor Session
Presenter: Karen Hunt, IBM Canada Ltd.
Our world is changing, and it's doing so at a pace few of us can comprehend. We are all familiar with these changes: unprecedented global integration, increasingly smart, networked technologies and the explosion of bandwidth. Together they are making the world a smaller place, connecting the workplace and the marketplace, and enabling collaboration at new levels. But something else is happening, something even more compelling for businesses, communities and individuals. Technologies are also enabling the world to become smarter, enabling businesses and society to do things better and more efficiently. Three attributes ― instrumented, intelligent and interconnected ― are enabling a smarter planet, enabling businesses and people to rethink how things get done and to do things better.
The Impostor Syndrome
Organizers: A group of impostors @ Queen’s University.
Despite a long list of accomplishments, you feel unworthy, you are afraid that someone, somewhere, will eventually discover who you really are – an impostor!! You live in fear that your deception will be discovered and everyone will find out that you’ve been faking it all these years. Do you realize that the vast majority of the women attending this conference, although they appear to be super-women, actually feel the same way you do? Come and hear their stories, and perhaps share your own.