The focus of this annual event is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today's issues will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance within their organizations.

Date & Time

July 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.




Ryerson University - International Living Learning Centre
International Room
240 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5B 2L1, Canada




Sheena Chaudhry
Lead Consultant
HireSmart Consulting



Symposium Panelists

Jenny Alfandary, M.Sc., MBA
CIO & EVP, Software Development and Technology
Aritel Communications
Michelle Brooks
Vice President, Human Resources
Leslie Woo
Chief Planning Officer
Gale Blank
VP of IT
Holt Renfrew
Kimberly Lesley
Vice President, Delivery Leader

Sheena Chaudhry


Sheena Chaudhry is a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner and strategist with HireSmart Consulting. She has an extensive background in many areas of HR with a focus on Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Attraction.


Sheena started her career at a major bank with a securities licence, providing financial advice to customers. Her passion for working with people led her to a career in human resources within the financial services sector. She quickly realized the business value of a diverse workforce and began with integrating talent attraction strategies to attract diverse, underrepresented groups, to diversify talent and tap into candidate pools that competitors had not focused on. She has led multiple organizations to be awarded Canada’s Top Diversity Employer with the development of a solid business case and strategy. She has developed and implemented various programs and initiatives to drive the diversity and inclusion agenda forward with leadership support. She continues to partner with organizations to gain leadership buy in and develop strategies to address gaps in culture, talent and training.


Sheena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.


Jenny Alfandary


Jenny Alfandary is CIO & Executive Vice President of Software Development & Technology at Aritel Communications, an independent software company specializing in design, architecture and development of software products and technologies. In addition, Jenny is a Keynote Speaker and provides Leadership and Strategy Advisory services, leading companies in early stage seed funding through strategy, business and marketing plans.


After qualifying as military pilot in the Ukraine Defence Force, Jenny began her career at a major bank and then at Comverse Network Systems (now Xura/Mavenir), a global leader in next generation digital communications services. She has held numerous executive roles in IT and software development, in Telecom and financial industries, most recently serving 5 years as Head of Product Development at Siemens Canada prior to joining Aritel


Jenny holds a Bachelor degree in Statistics & Computer Science, a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA in Management Information Systems & Technology. A Certified Scrum Master and a Mentor at the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure, she is interested in corporate development, public sector institutional strengthening and emerging technology management.




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