VanWiT Board Of Directors
ALE BROWN, MBA, PMP, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP
http://advanceddentalmn.com/wp-json/wp/v2/users/ Ale started her career as an IT professional working for large corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. She also ventured into the entrepreneurial world working for boutique consulting firms when she moved to Vancouver. Her specialties at the time were the implementation and management of ERP systems and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategies.
During her last corporate job with J&J, she partnered with various commercial groups in the organization, providing IT solutions in the area of Sales Force Effectiveness and Digital Marketing. This is when she was thoroughly exposed to the world of Privacy management.
She founded Kirke Management Consulting in 2014, with the goal to help organizations implement robust data governance and privacy programs where the safeguarding of personal data becomes critical. In a rapidly expanding digital world where technology advances happen at a high speed, data has become business most valuable asset and the protection and optimal management of this asset must be a priority.
Joanne Hausch, CPA CA, ICD.D
Joanne is one of the founding members of VanWIT and immediate past chair of the board. Recently retired from Deloitte, she continues to bring her financial skills and passion for building community to leadership positions including Family Services of Greater Vancouver and StreetMeals, raising over $250,000 for post-secondary bursaries for youth with a history of street involvement.
Renee Chau, PMP
Renee is a project manager with the Strategy and Enablement team at TELUS where she oversees the capital management tools and maintenance governance initiates within the BTO area. She was fortunate to have many amazing mentors before and after graduating from Simon Fraser University and makes an effort to give back to others through various community initiatives such as coaching for case competition teams and serving as founding chair for the Burnaby Young Professional Network at the Burnaby Board of Trade. She joined the VanWIT Board in 2017.
After accidentally getting into IT sales 20 years ago, Stacey Marshall has enjoyed a successful career supporting enterprise clients evolve in the ever changing world of technology. Stacey recently started as a Sales Executive at TELUS and is incredibly proud to be part of an organization so committed not only to their customers, but also the community. In her spare time she is VP PR for her Toastmasters Club, an avid traveler, having been to 49 countries so far and an amateur photographer. Someday Stacey will focus on her professional speaking career, but for now tech is too much fun.
Narissa has over 10+ years of experience in technology project and strategy implementation. She is passionate about driving value and aligning technology with real business objectives.
Narissa started her career in HR but quickly moved into IT after working on a large-scale HRIS implementation project. She has since held various project management and business analysis roles, and has experience in leading large-scale project implementations, managing portfolios and roadmaps, as well as building strategies and frameworks that support corporate strategy.
Joining the Vancouver Women in Technology board in 2020, Narissa is passionate about connecting with and supporting women in the technology industry. She enjoys travel, cooking, and learning about the great wine regions of the world.
Sherry started her career in finance but found the fast-changing technology fascinating. Afterwards, she has been Sales Manager and Account Executive in the technology industry for international markets. She once led a team in a tech startup to fundraise and develop pioneer clients for blockchain data solutions. She also supported clients like Microsoft, Salesforce, Hitachi to build market strategies. As a Regional Director at Info-Tech, she empowers CIOs and IT professionals across industries to establish IT strategy, accelerate processes, and systematically improve IT. She enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, and connecting with amazing women in the industry!
Giovanna’s expertise is in financial planning and analysis, ERP implementation, and executing strategic plans. She loves to add value to an organization by providing real time information and insightful analysis through the use of technology. She has worked in space technology, financial services, and most recently in SaaS at Hootsuite where she has led the transformation of planning and analysis through a system implementation.
Giovanna believes that mentorship and networking are key to success reason why she is very excited to be part of VanWIT.
She loves outdoor sports and is enthusiastic about skiing and exploring all the mountains in our backyard.
Over 35 years of experience in the IT Industry, including a variety of industrial sectors including Telecommunications, Utilities, Oil and Gas, Finance, Banking and Education having worked in Canada, USA, UK and the Caribbean.
For my Education sector experience, I am currently a Coordinator and an Instructor at Capilano University, Faculty of Business and Professional Studies, School of Business, Business Information Management and Analytics (BIMA) Centre of Imagination. Susan started in this sector in 1990, where she spent 2 years at the University of the West Indies- Continuing Education, lecturing in `Introduction to Computer Science` and 3.5 years working full time at University College London, England, from 1992-1995. Susan re-entered the Higher Education Sector in Summer and Fall of 2011, as a visiting Lecturer at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Here she taught undergraduate 400 Level Courses: `Selected Topics in Business Administration- Developing a Business Intelligence Framework` and `Managing Information Technology for Business Value`. She also taught “Introduction To Business Technology Management” at Fraser International College, SFU, for 4 years, from 2013 to 2016.
Previous to being full time in the Education sector, Susan was a Principal Platform Strategist with Microsoft Canada, remit being to garner in-depth business knowledge and determine core business issues as they could be mapped to and reinforce the value of, the Microsoft Technology to the Customer`s overall business strategic direction.
For many years, Susan undertook Business and Technical Management, Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Lead roles for several GIS, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Architecture and Data Warehousing projects at: Trinidad and Tobago Oil Company Limited (TRINTOC); Oracle Corporation (UK, USA, Canada); BC Hydro/Accenture Business Services of British Columbia (ABSU); Accenture; WorkSafe BC; Telus and Microsoft.
Susan has a Graduate Certificate in Executive Management Program (EMP) from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada. She also possesses a MSc. Degree – Geographic & Geodetic Information Systems (GGIS) from University College London, England and a BSc. – Comp Sc. Major- University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad.
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