Meet the Team
Jennifer Waldern – Co-Managing Director (President)
Jennifer is a technical creative, humanist and visionary leader whose involvements are diverse. She is enthusiastic to hit the ground running with GIT Vancouver having concluded her first 4 years in the technical industry. She is an Enterprise Analytics Data Analyst and Report Developer at SAP with a background leading global business intelligence projects within Development Operations. Jennifer graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. in Computer Science. It is Jennifer’s sixth year engaging with Vancouver’s community of female technologists, striving to increase the number of women in tech related fields. She has played an integral role in driving the creation of UBC-SAP-GIRLsmarts4tech, a workshop for girls that has run globally for three years. Jennifer is also a nationally competitive synchronized swimmer with the Vancouver Masters Synchro Club, and a vocalist who recently joined the Vancouver Pops Orchestral Choir. She expresses herself creatively as often as possible, through writing and, most recently, portrait drawing.
Ghislaine Chan – Co-Managing Director
Ghislaine is a business technology leader from Vancouver with 18 years of industry experience in financial services. Currently the Vice President of Applications Development, she leads the Wealth Management technology teams at Broadridge. She specializes in business development and technology-intensive projects in either a start-up environment or an established global corporation. She is involved in developing new financial products, on-boarding new clients, and implementing operational excellence. Ghislaine is also the Co-Managing Director of Girls in Tech Vancouver, a non-profit which supports and encourages young women to stay in technology. Ghislaine graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor in Computer Science. She is most passionate about people leadership and talent development.
Ashley Chen – Secretary
Ashley is deeply passionate about building a community and empowering women to find their voice and home in the male-dominated technology industry. She handles all administrative-related topics to ensure the operations are running smoothly and contributes to Girls in Tech’s global mission of encouraging and supporting women to stay in technology. She has been a part of the UBC Computer Science Tri-Mentoring Program as an Industry Mentor since 2015 and is leading the BWT Mentoring Program. Ashley is a Product Owner and UX Advocate at SAP. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. in Computer Science, and started her career at SAP as a UX Developer. Besides reading, hiking, and camping on weekends, Ashley loves travelling and exploring the world, to experience the diverse cultures of people all over the world and connect with them.
Kalie McCrystal – Legal
Kalie is an commercial litigation lawyer who brings legal knowledge and enthusiasm for female success to Girls in Tech Vancouver. Kalie is also involved in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Driven by Women initiative, which proceeds tailored services to female-led and female-founded businesses. Along with being a lawyer, Kalie is an weekend warrior who enjoys travel, running, hiking, swimming and skiing.
Shannon O’Byrne – Program & Event Manager
Shannon is the new Events Manager for the Girls in Tech Vancouver team. With a background in community engagement and event planning, Shannon is looking to utilize her prior experience to create inclusive events that educate and empower women who are passionate about technology. As the Event Manager, Shannon works with a dedicated team of event coordinators to strategize, plan and execute all events on behalf of the Girls in Tech Vancouver Chapter. In 2019, our team is excited to execute Girls in Tech Vancouver’s signature Hackathon. In addition, we will be launching our highly anticipated Mentorship program, fall 2019.Outside of Girls in Tech, Shannon is a communications and engagement professional that specializes in event production and management, building and implementing digital content strategies and the development of communication material for internal and external audiences. When she is not working, Shannon enjoys spending time in the mountains, playing soccer or spending quality time with friends and family.
Eunice Cao – Marketing Lead (Digital)
Eunice is a Marketing professional with a background in analytics and graduated from Simon Fraser University. Currently working as the Demand Generation Marketing Specialist at Sierra Wireless, she is passionate about generating creative solutions with insights from data to solve business problems. As the Digital Marketing Lead, Eunice is looking to leverage her experience in creating content, managing a digital community, and analyzing data to help create a website where Girls in Tech members can access the information they need to thrive in male-dominated industries. On her spare time, she loves going on adventures – be it local food adventures or traveling to a new city!
Nina Tsou – Social Media Strategist (Lead)
Nina is a new social media strategist lead for Girls in Tech Vancouver. She is a multidisciplinary designer passionate about new technologies and how they can help simplify the world around us. Nina graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and SIAT (School of Interactive, Art, and Technology). Her passion for supporting women in the technology field developed since she was in school. Previously, she also has cooperated with ‘Ladies Learning Code’ on her multimedia project for raising gender inequality issues in the STEM field. When she is not designing things, you’ll probably catch her lifting weights in the gym, watching Japanese drama or most likely getting my fifth cup of matcha soy latte.
Michelle Swolfs – Social Media Strategist
Michelle is a fourth year Interactive Arts and Technology student at Simon Fraser University and is the latest Social Media Strategist at Girls in Tech Vancouver. She has worked in multiple student groups and local non-profit organizations, but especially enjoys working in the areas of social impact and innovation. Michelle is excited to support women in tech by contributing to Girls in Tech Vancouver’s many events. Outside of designing, her hobbies lie in movies, music, reading, and archery.
Emily Hon – Event Coordinator
Emily is a new event coordinator and hackathon lead for Girls in Tech Vancouver. She is passionate about engaging local students interested in the tech field and helping to create a warm, supportive community. Emily graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s in applied science (chemical engineering). It was during her undergraduate degree when she became the director of nwHacks, the largest hackathon in Western Canada. When she first joined the team, the tech world was a mystery to her and as she got more involved, she was inspired at the amount of talent, drive, and ingenuity her peers exhibited. After she graduated from chemical engineering, she decided to enroll in the computer science second degree program at UBC. Through Girls in Tech, Emily aims to further develop a sense of comradery in the community to inspire others to find their passion in this field.
Sayeh Oloumi Yazdi – Event Coordinator
Sayeh is a new event coordinator at Girls in Tech Vancouver. She is incredibly passionate about promoting young women in technology and supporting them in the tech industry. Moreover, she is currently pursuing a combined major in business and computer science at the University of British Columbia where she discovered her enthusiasm about the systematic application of complex concepts. She is greatly intrigued by the science that has revolutionized the commercial world and is greatly attracted to the process of writing code and programming. She hopes to encourage this interest in other women by planning events that will help them feel welcomed into the industry. By volunteering with GirlsInTech, she wants to ensure that women in technology can rely on one another for support as they navigate through design principles.
Klarissa Munz – Membership Experience Lead / Event Coordinator
Klarissa works with the Girls in Tech Events team. She has a varied background in web development, research and branding, with an emphasis throughout her career on female-focused projects. She is excited to work alongside a community of women who are passionate about technology. She feels particularly strongly about the Mentorship Program, which will seek to partner those new to the industry with experienced mentors who can guide and advise. Outside of work, Klarissa loves comedy and cooking with friends and family.