What we’re about
QueerTech strives to queer the tech ecosystem by breaking down barriers, creating spaces, and connecting communities to support and empower LGBTQ2S+ people to thrive.
In 2016, QueerTechMTL was created as a meetup group, in partnership with MontrealNewTech, to surface and connect fellow LGBTQ+ (Queer) professionals within the local tech industry. We quickly grew from casual meetups into a center of LGBTQ+ tech activity, and within 2 short years, we incorporated as QueerTech, a non-profit organization headquartered in Montreal.
“We continue to partner with QueerTech to create opportunities for LGBTQ2S+ members of the tech industry to connect, collaborate, succeed and thrive together. Our partnership with QueerTech is a necessary bridge to the LGBTQ2S+ community, and scaling-up its capacity would mean that companies like us can have greater engagement and impact with the LGBTQ2S+ tech community in regions across Canada.” --Microsoft Canada
As we expand our scope and goals to create a connected QueerTech network across Canada and beyond, we do so with the following intentions, and with a goal of queering the global tech ecosystem.
QueerTech is committed to:
QueerTech aims to create and maintain a diverse community that fosters a sense of belonging.
QueerTech aims to provide and create equal access to resources and opportunities in order to strengthen the tech community.
QueerTech believes that you can be your true self and thrive in tech, and strives to empower community members to achieve their full potential.
QueerTech aims to break down all barriers to entry and provide everyone with equal opportunities to participate in and contribute to the tech community.
Our Mission Defined
What does Queering the tech ecosystem mean?
A founding pillar of Queertech is Pride, and because of this, we are committed to empowering Queer people to claim their space within the tech community and have their voices heard. We do this in two ways: by breaking down barriers to create opportunities for Queer people to enter the tech space, and by providing resources such as skill development to allow Queer people already in tech to thrive. To accomplish this, we provide resources to companies and hold workshops in order for them to create and foster more inclusive workspaces and hiring practices. By Queering the tech ecosystem, we aim to give Queer people in tech the tools to find their voices and speak up for what they need to be successful.
What it means to Thrive
QueerTech aims to empower our members to achieve their personal and professional goals by bringing their authentic selves wherever they go. We strive to encourage a sense of belonging that comes from both giving and contributing to your community. We believe in education, in reciprocity, and that everyone has something to teach and learn. By combining all of these factors, we hope to build strong communities to help Queer people thrive.
Breaking Down Barriers
At QueerTech, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to shine. As such, we are committed to breaking down all existing barriers into the tech community, as well as identifying what factors may keep Queer people from contributing. This includes tackling issues of representation of all types, mental health and well-being, physical accessibility, and any other barriers that are brought to our attention. We commit to providing the appropriate resources so that everyone has the support they need when they attend a QueerTech event. Beyond our events, we also aim to educate companies and other organizations on how to make their spaces more accessible and inclusive, to end discrimination and unequal opportunity within the tech community.
QueerTech believes in creating inclusive, supportive spaces in order to strengthen the tech community. We create physical spaces through our monthly events as well as digital spaces through our online platforms to provide networking opportunities and meaningful connections amongst our members.
An integral part of Queertech is fostering a sense of community for our members. We are passionate about identifying and connecting communities through intersectionality and creating partnerships between individuals and nonprofits. Our goal is to connect Queer communities all around the world, to create a global network of members and support systems.
Supporting and Empowering Members
Queertech is dedicated to onboarding new members into the tech community as well as providing resources and support for those already involved. We offer workshops, boot camps, and seminars to equip our members with the skills necessary for professional and personal advancement. We provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and mentorship and encourage everyone to contribute. We hope to ultimately provide the tools necessary for Queer people to start their own companies.
Upcoming events (2)See all
- Queer Women & Nonbinary Tech AfternoonAccenture, Toronto, ON
Register at https://queertech.org/events/56021
QueerTech, Women Techmakers and OUT at Shopify are proud to present "Cracking the Silicon Valley North Ceiling: Tackling Challenges Faced by Women and Non-Binary People in Tech", a Queer Women + Nonbinary in Tech Lunch & Afternoon happening on September 29th from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Accenture's office at 40 King St W Suite #32M-251 (Tkaronto room), Toronto. Registration is required for both in person and live streaming access. Limited spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.
There will be a light lunch, panel & networking session where we will discuss and learn more about the challenges and barriers for women and non-binary folk in tech. We will be handing out swag and giveaways from a queer Shopify merchant to in-person attendees. Thank you to our host sponsor Accenture and our presenting partners, Women Techmakers and OUT at Shopify, for making this event possible. See you soon!
THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THE EVENT:
- Space is limited so please be sure to get your ticket for this event soon.
- Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
- We will be serving light food and non-alcoholic drinks.
- This event will be photographed and recorded.
- By registering for this event, you hereby agree to QueerTech's Event Terms & Conditions.
MEET OUR PANELISTS:
Za Ali (she/her) is a proud Polynesian lesbian in Vancouver, BC, originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand. She leads a team of 15 advisors in Singapore and Canada for Shopify, and is also the Talent and Professional Development Lead globally for Shopify's OUT ERG.
Daniella Bellaire (she/her) is a go-to-market executive with experience building teams and growing revenue at companies like Shopify ($70B valuation) and 7shifts (Softbank $80M Series C). Daniella has had the pleasure of building and scaling revenue engines in both startup and large high-growth mission-driven SaaS/tech companies. Today Daniella is Chief Revenue Officer at Diversio, a first Round and Golden Ventures-backed company. Diversion is the #1 DEI platform on the planet for HR and DEI teams helping companies build more inclusive workplaces. She lives in the Toronto Beach community with her wife Amber, daughter Penelope, and their dog Teddy.
Lucile Nihlen (she/her) has worked at Google for over 13 years, serving in a variety of roles across the company. She's contributed code and engineering leadership to YouTube, Chrome, Daydream, Android TV, and Cloud. Before Google she worked on serious games. She's currently focused on compilers and programming languages, and serves as the Tech Lead for Google's production C++ compiler toolchain. In her spare time she likes to tinker with code and video games, exercise, cook and bake, and hang out with her wife and their dogs and cats.
Negar Farjadnia (she/her) is Avanade’s Lead for Security practice in Canada. She is responsible for driving Avanade Security consulting business and being the leading cybersecurity experts in the Microsoft ecosystem.
Negar has served as a board member for Pink Triangle Press since 2015, where she advises the board on technology and security. She is the Canada lead for the LGBTQ+ Employee Network (Prism) as well as an active contributor and panelist to other Employee Networks. Negar has been named Canada's top woman in Cybersecurity in 2022.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture brings continuous innovation to help clients improve their performance and create lasting value across their enterprises. Visit us at: www.accenture.com.
ABOUT WOMEN TECHMAKERS:
Google’s Women Techmakers program provides visibility, community, and resources for women in technology. Learn more here https://developers.google.com/womentechmakers.
ABOUT OUT AT SHOPIFY:
OUT at Shopify is the Employee Resource Group representing LGBTQIA2S+ Shopify employees, families and merchants. Shopify powers millions of businesses worldwide. Learn more here https://www.shopify.com/about/social-impact/people.
- Network event4 attendees from 4 groups hostingQT Qonference 2023Cirque Éloize, Montréal, QC
JOIN US IN MONTREAL!
QueerTech is proud to announce our 2nd annual QT Qonference (QTQ)!
We are excited to bring our community together for a 2-day multi-sensory, interactive, and immersive experience.
We invite you to join us on a journey of professional development in a safe
and inclusive space where we encourage each QT to build on their resilience and capitalize on their own QT power!
This year, the QTQ experience will include content delivered through:
- Facilitated workshops
- Inspirational conversations & keynotes
- Expert-led panels
- Technical talks
- Peer groups
All with the fun networking and connections that QueerTech is known for.
Whether attending in-person (in Montreal) or virtually (from wherever), we are working to deliver a stellar experience.
GET YOUR TICKET TODAY AT https://queertech.info/QTQ-2023!