Toronto Community

Welcome to the Toronto Women in Product community!  

Mission Statement

As Women in Product Toronto (WIPTO), we exist to create safe physical & digital spaces for women-identified product professionals to authentically connect with one another by listening, sharing, & learning.

The values that guide our community are: 

  • Model Diversity and Inclusion  

  • Preserve Privacy and Safety

  • Collaborate and Support Each Other 

  • Encourage Honesty and Respectful Candor 

  • Be Present and Engage

  • Be Brave 

Chapter Leads 

Events 

April 23

Ask Her Anything: Product Leaders in our Community

In April, we’re bringing together two established speakers in Product Leadership roles, in our first ever online event!

We will be hosting an intimate online webinar with two seasoned veterans in the Product world. Each of our panelists originates from an impressive and diverse background (see bios below). We will be touching on their journey into their current Director roles, as well as discussing the intricacies and experience of being in a leadership position. Have you ever wondered how to progress your career towards a management position, or what it is like to work at this level? Our panelists have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. We will be collecting questions from our audience, so this evening will provide you with answers to what's on your mind.

Join us for an insightful evening where we explore what it takes and what it means to be a Product Leader!


January 24

The Art of Creating Great Products & Facilitated Networking

Women in Product Toronto is proud to collaborate with RBC Ventures to host a keynote speaker and facilitated networking. Lara Druyan is a Managing Director at RBC where she is the Head of Innovation on the West Coast. Listen to Lara Druyan's inspiring personal story and insights on the art of creating great products. Hear about her path from Product Manager to Investment Banker, Venture Capitalist, and Head of Innovation at RBC. 

You spoke and we listened - after the keynote, we lead a facilitated networking activity.


December 6

Product Management at a Services Company vs. a Product Company

This month, Women in Product Toronto, is proud to collaborate with TWG to host a fireside chat with two product professionals who have traversed two sides of the product management discipline: doing product at a services company AND at a product company.

If you've ever been curious about the differences between doing product at a services company (agency, studio, consultancy) vs. a product company (start-up, enterprise, etc.) this is the event to come hear from women who've done both! We'll probe into the main differences, pros and cons, & what skills are most utilized.

In this fireside chat, Women in Product Toronto's own chapter co-lead, Alison Ma, Product Manager at crowdlinker, will be chatting with Nitla Cooke, Product Manager at League & Shaunna Bruton, Product Strategist at myplanet about their experiences doing product at both kinds of companies.  


November 14

Managing Bias Workshop

Unconscious biases impact what we are able to perceive about others and this has significant consequences for those designing products for a diverse and global audience. Biases also impact how we uncover problems and how we design solutions for people unlike ourselves.

In this applied workshop lead by as Jas Shukla, Principal Designer at Freshbooks and Jeremy Bailey, Artist and Creative Director at FreshBooks, you’ll learn what unconscious biases are, how they impact product design, and how you can start to overcome them.


september 26

Paths to Product: Advice from the Women PMs at Wattpad

Wattpad will be hosting us in their space & we'll hear from a select group of Product Managers from their product management team. Wattpad has been an all-woman product team for the past 2 years!

These panelists come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and are at various stages of their career from just starting out to product leadership (see bios below). They will be discussing the variety of paths they took to get into product management & the opportunities they've taken hold of to advance their careers in the discipline.


august 15

Women in Product Intimate Dinner

Looking for an intimate event where you can make deeper connections with other kickass women in Product?

Join us for an intimate dinner with 15 people on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00 pm at STELVIO.

This event is intentionally small in order to facilitate meaningful conversations so if you're interested, register quickly to secure your spot. 


june 21

Women in Product Toronto Kickoff

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Calling all practicing Product Managers looking to meet more kickass women in Product: 

We want to hear what you want and value in our WIP Toronto community. The agenda includes facilitated discussions and activities to establish goals, structure and character for our community. There will be ample networking opportunities along with drinks and appetizers to smooth the introductions.

Come, be heard, network and share!

We are building something awesome, don't miss out on it. 


Want to host a WIP Toronto event? Reach out!