Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Businesswomen in Tech, May 27th

  • 27 May 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
  • 61


  • A $200 membership includes registration to 8 events during one year membership. Tickets are individual (holder only) and non-transferable.
    Guest tickets must be purchased separately.
VENUE: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Who and what are inspiring women entrepreneurs? What are the stepping stones to success? The panel will also discuss the constraints and challenges faced along the way and the opportunities out there in the technology sector. Our panelists include:

Kate Bilenki, COO at PlentyofFish Media
Dr. Alexandra Greenhill, Co-Founder & CEO at MyBestHelper
Tea Nicola, CEO & Co-Founder at WealthBar
Amy Rae, Principal at Vanedge Capital
Maura Rodgers, Co-Founder at Strutta and Advisor to Perch

Moderated by Maninder Dhaliwal, Vice-President, Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

Kate Bilenki is the COO of Plentyoffish Media, a technology leader in online dating. Drawn to its rapid evolution, widespread reach and abundance of keen minds, Kate joined the tech sector in 2002, and has remained ever since. She went on to become the first employee at PlentyOfFish in 2008. As COO, Kate has grown PlentyOfFish to an organization that employs 75 of the local tech industry's brightest talents. She also has helped devise and implement strategies which have contributed to growing the site's user base to over 80 million members.

Alexandra T. Greenhill is Canadian physician leader who is the co-founder CEO of myBestHelper, the digital platform that helps families access all care options for kids and elderly - innovation to make people's lives better. Dr. Greenhill also uses her decades of health and eHealth leadership experience to advise health IT projects and companies, including and Curatio.
Her work has received many recognitions including the WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada 2005, the Queen Elizabeth II Medal of Service 2012 and BIV Top 40 under 40 2013. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children.

Tea Nicola has graduated from Mechanical and Materials Engineering from Queen's University. She spent almost 10 years bouncing between finance and heavy manufacturing, when it 2009 she joined the tech world and has never looked back. Since then, she led an inaugural chapter of Ladies Learning Code, a non-profit organization that offers beginner coding workshops for women (and men) and has also founded Polyglot Software Association, which presents an annual conference for over 250 developers in Vancouver. This year is 3rd consecutive year. 

Most recently, combining her love for tech, finance and engineering, Tea has founded WealthBar, a modern web-based solution that offers personal financial planning and investment management online. When she is not supporting education of women in tech or trying to revolutionize financial industry, you could find her at the playground with her 3 year old daughter or at local farmer's market poring over latest seasonal crops.

Amy Rae is a Principal at Vanedge Capital. Rae is the former Vice President & General Manager of Mobile and Social Commerce with Ziplocal (USA) where she was responsible for the development of their local search apps and new digital product rollout. Prior to that she held the position of Director of Business Development at Canpages after they acquired Ziplocal Canada. In this capacity at both companies, she leveraged her deal-making and relationship building skills to attract and broker new partnerships to enhance their online local search businesses.

Amy’s previous venture capital experience was as an Associate with JLA Venture Partners (co-managing partner of the Blackberry Partners Fund) where she provided due diligence and investment candidate screening. Prior to joining JLA, she was an Analyst with Latitude Partners, a private equity and strategic advisory firm focused on the technology sector.

Maura has been starting, advising and investing in Internet companies for the past 15 years. Currently, she is an Advisor to Perch, an always-on video portal that seamlessly connects two offices together to improve collaboration and communication among distributed teams and Co-Founder of Strutta, a social promotions platform. In addition, Maura is actively involved in the Canadian technology community and co-founded the Startup Visa Canada initiative with Boris Wertz and Danny Robinson.

Maura would love to connect with you on Twitter (@maurar) and is always happy to take a call or a coffee with other entrepreneurs.

Maninder is exercising her twin passions of technology and philanthropy as the Vice-President of Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation. PAFC is a centre of excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorder that aims to support children and families throughout BC, through the use of information technology.
Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Tradeworks.

Maninder currently serves on the Board of Directors at Vancouver Board of Trade, and Ballet BC. She is also a member of the UBC Alumni Advisory Council. Her past governance roles include the Board of Directors of Big Sisters of BC, Vancouver Chapter Chair for Women in Leadership Foundation, and President and Board Chair of the Pacific Club.

In 2012, Maninder was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. And in 2013, she was recognized as one of Business in Vancou­ver magazine’s “40 under 40” top business achievers.

She graduated from UBC with a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in data mining and artificial intelligence algorithms. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.

Maninder believes three things passionately - if you are not living on the edge you are using up too much space, stereotype is never the person, and that human potential is a terrible thing to waste. She can found on twitter at @dhaliwalmk.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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