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Mentor Circles Event with a CIO Guest Panel

C-Suite Women in Canada who inspire professional women in tech with their career stories and wisdom.

This panel of successful women will then divide up and join you in mini breakout groups to answer direct questions you have about the world of tech for women. Bring your best career question or work dilemma to the table.


Arlene McDonald is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience leading major initiatives across a range of portfolios. She is currently the Chief Information Officer at Farrow – a customs, trade compliance and logistics organization – leading digital transformation and corporate systems. Arlene has previously served as Vice President, Corporate Services and Risk Management at PointClickCare, a market leader in web-based electronic health records, Director of Information Technology Services at the Region of Waterloo, Manager of IT Operations at Georgian College as well as professor at Georgian and Conestoga College.

Since 2018, Arlene has been on the board of directors of the CIO Association of Canada – the nation's only professional association for IT executives focused on education, networking, and knowledge-sharing. She's an active member of her community as a hockey coach for her children's teams and Rotary Club member.

Shari Wallace-Chief Information Officer and Business Transformation Consultant

Shari is a CIO and business transformation strategist with over thirty years' experience of successfully implementing large-scale technology programs in complex, change-resistant organizations.

She has worked in both the public and the private sectors, in industries as diverse as municipal government, telecommunications, banking, and oil and gas.

During her career, Shari has managed all aspects of the IT portfolio: from strategic planning and governance through day-to-day operations and service delivery.

She is passionate about technology and data and their potential to drive business results and transform the customer and employee experience.

Helen Wetherley Knight's passion for IT ignited when she learned to program at the age of 9. Now with over 20 year's experience as a visionary and strategist, Helen leads award-winning significant and meaningful technology transformations across Canada. Extensive work experience and an unending thirst for knowledge (MBA, PMP, Prosci) are the backbone of her ability to influence, design, solve problems, and implement effective strategic change. Helen leads organizations large and small to realize the promise of technology. In her spare time, Helen runs TechforSocialGood.ca as a support hub for nonprofits wanting to learn better ways to work, and is the President of the Calgary Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada.