Our vision is to change the face of computer science and pave the way for a technology industry that is diverse and inclusive of girls and underrepresented groups across Canada.
Hackergal uses an inclusive definition of “girls” and “women.”
We welcome the participation of all learners who identify as girls. This includes trans girls because we recognize trans girls are girls. We also welcome the participation of gender-fluid, non-binary, and two-spirit learners.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS PARAMOUNT
Tech Jobs are the Fastest Growing in North America
The Canadian tech industry grows up to 35% year after year, with the demand for skilled workers higher than ever.
Year after year increase in demand
THERE’S JUST ONE PROBLEM
Girls are Being Left Behind…
Long held societal beliefs about women’s roles, discrimination in the workplace and lack of opportunity discourages girls from pursuing computer science. In the past 30+ years, the percentage of women working in STEM has barely changed. In 1987, women represented 20% of the STEM workforce, today they still only represent, 23% in Canada.
Women in STEM Fields
of girls would consider tech jobs in the future.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE
Hackergal is Changing this Bleak Landscape
After our hackathons:
of girls became more interested in computer science industry after participating in our Hackathons.
of girls really enjoyed our Hackathon!
OUR WORK & VALUES
At Hackergal, we are guided by our values: equity, education, and community. These values are integrated into our programs, services, and approaches; they are truly the foundation of everything we do as an organization.
We recognize, respect, and honour the strengths and perspectives of all individuals and are committed to fostering safe and inclusive learning environments
EQUITY in action at Hackergal:
- Hackergal programs and events, such as our annual Hackathon, are inclusive of individuals with diverse gender identities, backgrounds, and learning needs
- The Hackergal Hub increases access to coding education for those who are underrepresented in the technology field
- Our Ambassador Program empowers a diverse cross-section of Canadian girls to become leaders and change-makers
We are passionate about engaging our community through knowledge sharing, digital skills development, and continuous learning, as technology continues to transform our everyday lives.
EDUCATION in action at Hackergal:
- We are committed to providing a wide range of learning opportunities to students across Canada, both online and in-person
- We empower and inspire educators to make an impact through our workshops, curricula, and resources
- Our Hackathon and Ambassador Programs provide non-judgemental spaces for students to learn new things, experiment, and grow their skills
We achieve sustainable change through collaboration with learners, educators, facilitators, parents and partners who share our mission. Together we are closing the gender gap and building a community that empowers every girl to see a future in technology.
COMMUNITY in action at Hackergal:
- We host the largest Hackathon for girls across Canada, bringing together learners and educators from every corner of the country
- Our Ambassador Program teaches girls how to be leaders in their own communities, giving them the tools and mentorship to create a grassroots movement
- We strengthen our impact by partnering with community organizations, particularly those working with Black, marginalized and Indigenous girls across Canada
Board of Directors
DIRECTOR TECH FINANCING, BDC - BOARD CHAIR
Le Ha Hang
VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL SECURITY, CGI
Peggy Van de Plassche
ENTREPRENEUR, PUBLIC SPEAKER & AUTHOR
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, RAVL
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CIO COMMUNITIES, CIO
Lucy Ho (she/her)
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (ON LEAVE)
Kumiko Imai (she/her)
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS (ON LEAVE)
Jennifer Takács (she/her)
DIRECTOR OF IMPACT
Rebecca Hazell (she/her)
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Christelle Bsaibes (she/her)
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Reilley Kallem (she/her)
BILINGUAL CURRICULUM DESIGNER
Ruby Awan (she/her)
Tanya O'Connell (she/her)
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Kylie Rafter (she/her)
AMBASSADOR PROGRAM MANAGER
Irving Ho (he/him)
Laurel Maule (she/her)
Sarah Weaver (she/her)
Mishal Islam (she/her)
Lynne Savage (she/her)
INTERIM BILINGUAL PROGRAM MANAGER
Chiara Rughoonandan (she/her)
DIGITAL MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Zenab Hassan (she/her)
Craig Brown (he/him)
PARTNER, FASKEN - CORPORATE SECRETARY
Founding Hackergal Ambassador