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BYTES Nov 4th Conference Details

Welcome to our STEM Conference 

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Rachel Luke

Rachel Luke, Instructional Coordinator - African, Black, and Afro-Caribbean Student Success is Partnering with the BYTES Network on this community initiative.

Rachel Luke is currently the Instructional Coordinator - African, Black, and Afro-Caribbean Student Success in the Equity, Indigenous Education, School Engagement and Community Relations Department at the Peel District School Board.


Prior to this position, she taught at Glenforest Secondary School for 20 years. In 2021, Rachel was a recipient of the Prime Minister's National Award of Teaching Excellence, Canada’s highest honour for Teaching Excellence. 

Introducing the BYTES Board of Directors

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Christine Diaz

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William Laverde

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Francis Jeffers

STEM Workshops

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

STEM Workshops Lead by Excellence

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Sharla Williams, Founder of WilTekk Digital Solutions

"As the Founder of WilTekk Digital Solutions, I'm on a mission to reshape the digital landscape. I envisioned WilTekk as a hub of innovation, where technology meets human ingenuity to drive business success.

My role as Founder is not just about leadership; it's about envisioning the future, shaping our company's culture, and delivering real-world results." - Sharla Williams, Founder @WilTekk | Project Manager | Digital Transformation Consultant. 


Workshop Overview: 


Name: "There Should Be An App For That" Workshop 




Students and parents will get a chance to tap into a creative and innovative mindset by solving a problem by designing a new mobile app. 


Sharla Williams | Founder, CEO 

WilTekk Digital Solutions Inc.


Irene Duah-Kessie

Founder of RiseInSTEM

The Pathways into STEM Careers workshop will provide participants with valuable insights into the various pathways in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education and careers.


Through interactive discussions and activities, we will explore ways to build essential skills, the importance of community, diversity and inclusivity in STEM fields, and advice for young people interested in exploring STEAM pathways.


The goal of the workshop is to build awareness on rewarding STEM pathways, practical tools and opportunities to develop key skills, and inspire and motivate participants to see the many possibilities in the exciting world of STEM.

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Andre Smith, Founder and CEO of Flip Academy

Andre is a visionary entrepreneur and dedicated problem solver with a passion for driving innovation and creating impactful solutions.


As the Founder and CEO of Flip Academy, he is on a mission to transform how people think about money. 


Flip Academy is the first platform in Canada that uses a simulated banking experience, animation and gamification to teach kids about money management. The goal of Flip Academy is to help kids learn, save, invest and break generational curse.


Russell Mair - Blackboys Code Chapter Leader for Toronto

Junior full stack developer with a background in economics and construction.


As a former project coordinator I have strong interpersonal, and experience in confidently meeting tight deadlines and in both adapting to and overcoming unforeseen challenges adroitly.

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Francis Jeffers - CEO and Founder of Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum

Curator at International Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples Inventors and Innovators Museum.


Francis will be running an interactive workshop based on STEM - Inventors 


Michelle McFarlane, Shad’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Manager.  

Shad Canada: "Design for the Future" Design-Thinking Workshop


In this workshop, you will learn more about the Shad program and participate in a Design-Thinking workshop where you will explore and empathize with the human needs of high school youth. You will design common objects infused with technology to bring your surroundings alive with new possibilities!


Shad provides programs for youth in grades 10 & 11 that want to be changemakers. Delivered through a cutting-edge STEAM and entrepreneurship framework, students learn more about their passions and strengths, connect with high impact peers across the country, and are encouraged to take risks and solve tough problems and ultimately find their way to post-secondary.


Shad is offered at 22 universities across Canada and has more than 20,000 alumni. There is a selection process in place for all Shad programs. 

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