About

We’re Toronto’s largest grassroots community dedicated to championing women in technology. Our monthly events are devoted to showcasing the insights and experience of the diverse women from across the Canadian tech and startup ecosystem – who speak on topics as diverse as gaming, venture capital, data privacy, smart design, and much more – facilitating mentorship and networking opportunities to help grow careers and companies, and providing a welcoming space for women in tech to connect with one another. We’re also passionate about contributing to the on-going conversation about equity, diversity and inclusion in the Canadian tech industry, and we are actively working alongside other like-minded groups and movements to drive change.

Girl Geeks Toronto is entirely volunteer run and not-for-profit. All funds collected are directly used for events and operations, with a portion of proceeds going to charitable causes that align with our mission.

Our Team

1492766_10153571968825720_1666745399_oAnne Starasts – Executive Director
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When Anna discovered there was a group for inquisitive, creative, geeky gals just like her, she just knew she had to be a part of it. Currently working in fundraising for Ryerson University, Anna is Girl Geeks Toronto’s Lead Organizer. Before joining Ryerson, she was Community & Marketing Manager for gdR, a tech recruiting agency in Toronto, where she watched the rapid growth of the local tech ecosystem through gdR’s work with some of Canada’s hottest mid-sized software companies and startups. One of the first writers to launch BlogTO Tech’s Get To Know A Startup series, for several years she helped acquaint the less-technical citizens of Toronto with the incredible tech startup scene flourishing right under their noses. Other things that make Anna geek-out: indie coffee shops, cooking for people she loves, planning trips to far-off, foreign

 

p461zhId_400x400Amy Wong – Managing Director
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At an early age, Amy had a curious mind of how things were built – she used to take apart her toys and put them back together to see how they would function. With this curiosity, this lead her to computer programming which ignited her love for web / app development and design. She geeks out at the sight of analytics and stats wanting to know more about how to improve user experience and interaction with a digital product. Aside from geeking out in her 9-5 job and co-organizing at Girl Geeks Toronto, Amy has a passion for cooking, refurbishing old furniture, DIY projects, traveling the world and being in the great outdoors.

 

 

jess webJess Rowen – Program Director
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“They” say curiosity killed the cat. But Jess questions, “would that cat have REALLY lived if it lacked curiosity?” And in her opinion, the answer to that question would be a HARD NO.  Ever since her parents brought home their first personal computer, Jess was putting her curiosity for the tech world to work — triumphantly hooking up that computer with no instructions was her first major success in tech. Today she spends her days as a Marketing Leader for one of Canada’s best tech recruitment agencies, gdR | Grossman Dorland Recruiting. When she’s not thinking about the candidate experience, community events like Canadian Tech at Scale or organizing Girl Geeks Toronto events, you can find Jess in Prince Edward County frolicking through the vines or splashing in the lake with her friends, family and adorable Boston Bulldog (her name is Jackson because it doesn’t matter that she’s black and white. See what she did there?!) Did we mention she loves puns?