March 1st, 2018 | Toronto, ON – On March 5, 2018 in Ottawa Canada, over 250 men and women are meeting at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, to explore the advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences and its impact on advancing industry modernization.

This Forum sponsored by Stanford and the global Women in Data Sciences (WIDS) Forum is being bringing together 150 cities to advance the awareness of the value of a career in AI and Data Sciences. Over 100,000 interested participants are coming together in a global online streaming series of conferences globally.

One of the global WIDS Canadian communities advancing the equity agenda, is being led by Ottawa Community Leader, Alyson Gaffney, VP Marketing and Partnerships, Leonovus, and President of Gaffney Consulting.

Canada has produced several major breakthroughs in AI in recent years and we expect this to accelerate in the future. Attracting, developing and retaining women in AI and Data Sciences is going to key to Canada’s innovation success. The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Ottawa Conference, aims to inspire and educate, globally, latest insights on Artificial Intelligence (AI) from some of Canada’s leading female scientists and experts, says Alyson Gaffney.

Speakers advancing the WIDS vision on March 5th, include AI and Data Science leaders from Element AI, Georgian Partners, IBM, Accenture, Shopify, Halycyon Consulting, IT World Canada, Leonovus and SalesChoice Inc. Other speakers, include Master’s Students from Ottawa University.

National CATA Spokesperson for advancing women in STEM, Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO and Founder of AI Guided Selling company, SalesChoice Inc., says, “CATA and SalesChoice wanted to sponsor this conference as it is the first time in the history of Canada, there has been a forum of Women only speakers, held in our Canadian capital city, discussing AI and Data Sciences. Over 15 female AI and Data Science community ecosystem leaders are joining hands to encourage women to explore a career in AI and Data Sciences. Stanford University, Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) has set up a powerful global vision to reinforce the contributions women can and need to make in mathematical and computing capabilities to understand and solve big, complex problems and further modernize industries, and nations. Attracting, developing and retaining more women in STEM, and AI /Data Sciences is a key area to advance our Canadian national super cluster agenda”.

Media Sponsor, IT World Canada, Fawn Annan, CEO is the lead moderator for the discussion with Shopify, Solmaz Shahalizadeh, Director of Data, Jodie Wallace, Head of AI for Accenture, Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO SalesChoice Inc, and Cara MacMillian, President of Halcyon Consulting will discuss how AI can be monetized, but also discuss how their careers evolved to focus on Advanced Analytics, Data Sciences and AI. “IT World Canada is a Media Sponsor for this conference to provide a forum to bring everyone in Canada into this important conversation, AI is positioned to one of our growth super-clusters in Canada for stimulating economic growth. To build world-class solutions in AI we need diversity. Currently there is less than 25% of women employed in Canada advancing AI and data sciences, in the AI founder community, there are less than 5% of new start up’s with women founders or co-founders. When you look more closely at the enrollments of women in AI Computing Deep Learning fields in university programs, the numbers also are too low to ensure that new AI solutions bring balanced designs into the market, says CEO Fawn Annan, IT World Canada, Lead Media Sponsor for WIDS in Ottawa Conference. Fawn is also the Chair for Women in Communications (WIC), a community forum for supporting the advancement of women in STEM led careers.

Says, John Reid, President of CATA, Canada’s largest Technology Association, “One of the ways that women can be more visible in the Canadian and Global Ecosystem is to register their profile in the AI DIRECTORY at a community HUB developed by CATA, IT WORLD CANADA and SALESCHOICE INC. to help bring our Canadian ecosystem more rapidly together coast to coast. Over 300 profiles are now indexed ranging from students studying AI/ML, to Research Scientists, Founders of AI Companies, Leaders in AI. We will be adding in global coverage, including USA companies, and Asian companies over the next three months, so we encourage the conference attendees to register at



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PRESS CONTACTS: For more information, and to schedule interviews, please contact:

SALESCHOICE CONTACT: Malay Upadhyay,Director of Marketing, Communications & Strategic BD, SalesChoice Inc. 343-989-0363 or contact us at:

CATA CONTACT: CATAAlliance CEO, John Reid at email, tel: 613-699-8209, website:, tags: Innovation. Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

IT WORLD CONTACT: Go to and we will contact you in 24 hours.

WIDS OTTAWA CONTACT: Alyson Gaffney, VP Marketing and Partnerships, Leonouvs and President, Gaffney Consulting


ABOUT SALESCHOICE INC.                                                                                               

SalesChoice specializes in Cognitive Sciences and Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods, and has four solution offerings in market: Predictive Analytics, Prescriptive Analytics, Propensity to Purchase and Data Science as a Service (DSaaS) to help clients solve difficult CRM data science challenges, including predictive churn. SalesChoice is a certified ISV partner of SalesForce and has an open API, and can easily integrate to other CRM platforms. SalesChoice is also a certified Einstein Analytics solution provider, and improves the power of Business Intelligence (BI) with their powerful AI and ML methods. The company has won numerous awards recently including: Top 30 Most Innovative Companies 2017, The Silicon100 List 2017 and Top 25 Most Empowering Big Data Company Award 2016, and most recently Start Up Canada Innovation Awards, and the prestigious CATA and EY, Sara Kirke Award for role model CEO and community leadership.

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ABOUT LEONOVUS INC.                                                                                                     

Leonovus is a software solutions provider that offers the leading blockchain hardened software-defined object storage solution (SDOSS) and governance, risk management and compliance (‘GRC’) solution for the modern enterprise. Designed with the IT manager in mind, Leonovus’ patented algorithms virtualize, transform, slice and disperse data across a network of on-premises, hybrid or multi-cloud storage nodes – allowing for the most secure yet internally accessible form of object-based data storage that provides governance, risk-management, and compliance across the entire solution. The advanced geo-distributed architecture minimizes latency, optimizes geo-availability, reduces remote backup costs and meets data sovereignty requirements. With its software and hardware agnostic design, Leonovus provides Petabyte scalability and allows the enterprise to utilize its existing idle storage resources, extend the useable lifespan of depreciated resources and improve the enterprise’s overall ROI. To learn more, please visit

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ABOUT CATA                                                                                                                                 The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, and is crowdsourcing ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members. Follow us at:

ABOUT ITWORLD CANADA is the leading Canadian online resource for IT professionals working in medium to large enterprises. Representing the entire spectrum of enterprise IT, the site provides news and information services that aid in achieving success in the Canadian IT market. IT World Canada creates daily news content, produces a daily newsletter and features IT professionals who blog on topics of industry interest. IT World Canada is a privately-owned company and the Canadian affiliate of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s largest IT information provider. IDG publishes more than 300 publications worldwide. IDG also provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 85 countries worldwide. One hundred million people read one or more IDG publications each month.

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About Stanford University
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

About the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University

ICME is a home at Stanford for an increasingly critical multidisciplinary field that uses advanced mathematical and computing capabilities to understand and solve big, complex problems. ICME has over 50 affiliated faculty from 20+ departments across the university. Faculty and ICME graduate students are involved in groundbreaking research around computational mathematics, data science, machine learning, optimization, simulation, and other related areas. ICME is a degree-granting program for MS and PhD students who apply their studies to a wide range of domains. ICME has MS degree tracks in Data Science, Computational Finance, Geoscience, and Imaging Sciences. Last year, ICME offered over 60 courses reaching 3,000 students, including undergraduates.