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Entrust Datacard Recognizes and Supports Ottawa’s Women in Tech as Part of International Women’s Day




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OTTAWA – (March 03, 2020) – During the lead up to International Women's Day on March 8, Entrust Datacard will promote female leadership and empowerment in the Ottawa tech community. Marisia Campbell, VP and Associate General Counsel, will join a panel at Elevate International's International Women's Day on Parliament conference, and Anahid Khajooei, Software Development Manager, will take part in Kanata North Business Association's International Women's Week mentorship program that kicks off on March 5th.

International Women's Day on Parliament is an annual leadership conference at the Sir John A. MacDonald Building in Ottawa, welcoming over 500 participants from government, industry, and academia. On March 6 at 11:15 a.m., Marisia Campbell will participate in a panel titled "Scaling the Tech C-Suite: Empowering Women Leaders to Transform Our Tech Industry & Economy" with female tech executives from MMH Blockchain Group, Nokia, Capital Angel Network and more.

"Research shows that Canada's economy could achieve $150 billion in incremental GDP by 2026 by prioritizing gender parity," said Sonya Shorey, panel host and Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards. "Our nation must attract and retain more women in high productivity sectors such as tech to capitalize on this economic opportunity. Moreover, it is imperative to increase the number of women in C-suite leadership roles. This panel will explore the action required to make progress towards these goals, and create the sustainable corporate culture, policy and opportunity that drives long-term impact."

"Entrust Datacard is committed to driving change to bring equality and diversity to leadership. We are proud to be celebrating International Women's Day globally with a week of internal and external activities," said Campbell. "I am thrilled to start a constructive dialogue with fellow women leaders in technology around this year's panel theme, Elevate Women – Lead Equality."

Additionally, Anahid Khajooei will honour International Women's Week by participating in the Kanata North Business Association's mentorship program, March 5-13, which pairs local professional women with female students aged 16-21 to discuss the professionals' journeys and provide academic and career advice.

"Female mentorship is not only instrumental to the growth and future of women in tech, but to the growth and future of the greater Ottawa tech community," said Khajooei. "I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with the students and supporting their journeys to becoming the next generation of tech leaders."

For more information about these events, visit:

1. International Women's Day on Parliament Panel
2. Kanata North Business Association Mentorship Program

A full list of Ottawa's International Woman's Week events is available at Invest Ottawa.

About Entrust Datacard Corporation

Consumers, citizens, and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks. Entrust Datacard offers the trusted identity and secure issuance technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates, hardware security modules and secure communications. With more than 2,500 Entrust Datacard colleagues around the world and a network of strong global partners, the company serves customers in 150 countries worldwide. For more information, visit