VanWiT Board Of Directors
ALE BROWN, MBA, PMP, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP
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.
Catherine is the Managing Director and Principal at the Strategic Technology Leadership Corporation. Previously, Catherine has led the advancement of the strategic value of information technology as a business enabler at Vancity Credit Union, Pacific Blue Cross, and CAA British Columbia. She serves on several Boards, including the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS), Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), the Burnaby Board of Trade, MedicAlert Canada, Arts Club theatre, and is also the Executive in Residence at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Catherine is a founding member of the CIO Association and VanWIT.
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!
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