#STEMSpark: Meet Beatrice Worsley, Our First Female Computer Scientist

By Dorothy Nixon on May 11, 2015 under Mathematics STEM Spark Technology


Photo courtesy of  Women in Computing, Cambridge University

Beatrice “Trixie” Worsley of Toronto has just been recognized with an inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science Award by the Canadian Association of Computer Science.

Yet, few people in Canada have heard of her.

According to her biographer and champion, Scott M. Campbell of the University of Waterloo, Trixie Worsley “was a pioneering computer scientist and the first female in Canada to make significant contributions to the field.”

The FIRST woman computer scientist in Canada- and few people know her name?

Maybe it’s just a case of nice girls don’t make history. After all, according to Professor Campbell, Worsley did have a quiet and accommodating character.

Then, again, she died young in 1972 before people began to think about the history of computing.READ MORE

hEr VOLUTION Appoints 5 Prominent Canadian Women to STEM Advisory Board

By Doina Oncel on April 21, 2015 under Math Mathematics

April 21, 2015 TORONTO, CANADA – hEr VOLUTION continues to grow, lead and inspire young Canadian women to pursue activities and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We are proud to announce the appointment of our strategic advisory board.

Attracting community leaders of this caliber to champion the awareness of women in STEM is a testament to our mission and the advancement of women in STEM in Canada,” said Doina Oncel, founder hEr VOLUTION.

The five members of the hEr VOLUTION strategic advisory board are:

Anastasia Valentine is an award-winning technology executive bringing ideas to launch in the technology sector for over 20 years. She has a solid track record of leading high performing teams to create innovative and profitable products with companies such as Cognos, IBM and in the global startup community. Anastasia is a respected thought leader on topics such as innovation, digital marketing strategy and technology and is the host of the Business Accelerator Lab – Disrupt and AVV Biz Talk Radio podcasts. Anastasia also writes for Online Marketing Success Magazine, MOMeo Magazine, Brazen Woman and the Business Accelerator Lab.

Leigh Mitchell is Founder and President of Women in Biz Network and a passionate relationship marketer and storyteller who specializes in helping business owners and bloggers define and amplify their value and message. Leigh is drawn to connecting her community across North America and in person throughout Canada. Her career has led her to successfully work with major brands such as GM Canada, Microsoft Canada, Telus, Johnson & Johnson, Maple Leaf Foods, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada and Random House.

Ainka Jess is a strategic communicator with over 9 years of communications and journalism experience. Throughout her career, she has helped companies like CBC and Manulife, advance their brands, engage with communities/customers and effectively articulate their stories in the media. She is a Twitter evangelist and enjoys keeping on the pulse of the latest social media trends.

Azam Shaghaghi is a visionary entrepreneur and the 2005 world invention 2nd & 3rd place contest winner. As a leader, Azam is involved in many leadership positions and is currently on the board of directors at Space Tourism Society Canada as CEO & President.

Georgianna Kelly is a social service worker and an educator who has been working professionally with racialized and marginalized children and youth since 2007. She has a diploma in Social Service Work from George Brown College in Toronto as well as a B.A. in Sociology from York University. Georgianna continues to demonstrate her passion for facilitating the development of children and youth by involving herself in initiatives which provide life changing experiences.

The hEr VOLUTION Strategic Advisory board is responsible for providing leadership, insight and direction in the management and execution of the hEr VOLUTION organization, programs, and initiatives.


hEr VOLUTION is a not for profit organization providing innovative education and employment services to girls and young women in STEM. Our mission is to increase the value placed on STEM education for young women in Canada, improve government involvement and support, and to encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM-based careers. For more information, visit http://www.hervolution.org.

For media interviews regarding this announcement or women in STEM please contact:

Anastasia Valentine