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A Canadian Woman for Ada Lovelace Day

I received an email from my niece about this day of recognition … I received it late in the day, but just in time to post on March 24th… just Eastern Standard Time as opposed to Greenwich Mean Time! My wife is not going to be happy with me for this … but you only live once (it just might be short)!

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.

Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognized. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless.

Recent research by psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male ones. That’s a relatively simple problem to begin to address. If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to. Let’s create new role models and make sure that whenever the question “Who are the leading women in tech?” is asked, that we all have a list of candidates on the tips of our tongues.

Here goes …

Janis Grantham is President and COO of Eagle Professional Resources Inc. one of Canada’s leading IT Staffing companies. She has been in the technology world longer than she would care to admit and has worked as a programmer, systems analyst, client support rep, in sales support roles, as project lead, database designer, project manager and her last title before joining Eagle was as Director of System Integration.

She was one of the founders of Eagle, bringing her management skills, technology skills, client relationship skills and her newly minted Executive MBA to the table when we started the company in 1996.

She has been a driving force behind the company’s success and as a woman leader in business has been honoured many times.

She has been on the Profit W100 of Top Canadian Women Entrepreneurs for seven years.

She was on the list of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful for three years before being inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.

She was Ottawa Businesswoman of the Year in 2006.

I am proud of this woman leader in management and technology, she is my business partner and my wife!