Arctiq is thrilled to announce it has awarded two (2) educational bursaries to two of NPower Canada’s most deserving program participants who identify as female, non-binary, and/or trans*, in their pursuit of higher education or industry certifications.
Elena Dambueva of Toronto, and Saru Kohli of Markham, have been selected as the recipients of the educational bursaries. These funds are allocated to support the cost of pursuing higher education in technology, including postsecondary degree or diploma and/or industry certifications, thereby equipping the recipients with the advanced tech skills required to progress in their careers. These funds are allocated to support the cost of pursuing higher education in technology, including postsecondary degree or diploma and/or industry certifications, thereby equipping the recipients with the advanced tech skills required to progress in their careers.
“Arctiq is proud to stand up and ensure the deserving individuals selected are able to continue their education and career path in technology,” said Eric Ng, CEO at Arctiq. “Our core values embrace an open and collaborative community, and this community cannot thrive or grow without new and diverse voices leading conversations and a culture shift in our industry.”
During a virtual meeting on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 several of Arctiq’s female-identifying team members chatted with the recipients about issues related to Gender Diversity in technology, and what opportunities they felt there were for women in tech to run with – and ultimately thrive upon.
Elena Dambeuva, a newcomer to Canada from Russia, felt the recent NPower and Arctiq seminars have been both positive and enlightening. “It’s a transformative time. People are talking more freely about inequality and it’s up to us to prove that women can and should be included regardless of orientation,” she said. “The only important thing should be what a person can do.”
Saru Kohli echoed these thoughts and added, “(The seminars) have been so positive and eye-opening. They helped me realize, ‘Hey, it’s not just me dealing with this.’” she said. “We need to all look out for one another. Not only for identifying job opportunities, but also negotiating salary for example.”
Ms. Dambeuva expressed gratitude for the new experience and opportunities the NPower program has given her. Her previous career in corporate and investment banking lacked the creativity and rapid change the tech world has to offer. “Banking is so conservative and traditional. I see all these great tech products in the market and the way everything constantly changes,” she explained. “I couldn’t ‘be the change’ I want to be in the banking sector.”
Now with her career path set firmly in the technology world, Ms. Dambeuva plans to obtain her Product Management certificate, but first will pursue some more theoretical tech training at Cornell University. At the same time, she is finding her footing working remotely for a technology-based startup in Moscow.
With the help of the Arctiq bursary, Ms. Kohli will continue her educational pursuits with a focus in the Cloud Security field. “As long as I can remember I’ve always had my laptop with me,” she explained. “My family works in technology, so perhaps I’ve always been more inclined to this line of work. I have a soft spot for security.” She hopes some more experience and time in the labs will help her fill some knowledge gaps.
Ms. Kohli was delighted to share that she has recently found employment in cyber security at Tulip, a SaaS-based mobile platform that empowers retailers to better connect customer and store associate experiences.
Both Ms. Kohli and Ms. Dambeuva are keen to continue the next chapters of their careers and education in technology, and coincidentally both are looking forward to obtaining their driver’s license in the coming months.