A Treat From @MicrosoftCanada Square One #FindYourJoy #MSSQ1 

I recently visited the Microsoft store located at Square One, Mississauga.

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The store is amazing and so is its staff … they’re so welcoming, and knowledgeable.  I had a long conversation there about one-on-one training and was pleasantly surprised that they offer free personal training.Find a store near you, schedule an appointment and don’t hesitate to go.

Enjoy.

Computer Science Education Week Microsoft Canada Launches #CodeGeneration

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week (Dec 7 to 13), Microsoft Canada has launched #CodeGeneration , in hopes to encourage students to learn to code.

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There will be free online coding challenges, in-store “Hour of Code” sessions and a partnership with Code.org offering students and educators a Minecraft coding tutorial, Microsoft is showing students that anyone can learn to code, and the power to create technology is at our fingertips!

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WHAT IS IT?  “Hour of Code” is a global movement launched by code.org and supported by Microsoft reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.

Should you be interested in attending one of Microsoft’s Hour of Code sessions with your child, I have included the event specifics below:

  • Who – Students between the ages of 13 and 18
  • What – In-store “Hour of Code” sessions
  • WhenSunday, December 13 2015 (all local time zones)
    • Session 1: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Session 3: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Where – Microsoft Stores nationwide:
    • Calgary, Chinook Centre
    • Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall
    • Burnaby, Metropolis at Metrotown
    • Vancouver, Pacific Centre
    • Mississauga, Square One Shopping Centre
    • Toronto, Eaton Centre
    • Toronto, Yorkdale Shopping Centre

*** On Sunday, December 13th, students across Canada will join #CodeGeneration with Minecraft-themed coding challenges hosted by Microsoft Canada in honour of Hour of Code. Parents or students that are interested in participating can register online at http://www.microsoft.ca/codeoff. ***

DID YOU KNOW?   Globally, over 100 million students have completed an Hour of Code.  Students as young as four years old are taking part and getting started with the basics of coding and computer science!

#CodeGeneration will end Computer Science Education Week with a bang on Sunday, December 13 by hosting “Hour of Code” coding workshops for students in Microsoft Stores nationwide.

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The Microsoft store closest to me is in Square One Shopping Centre, in Mississauga.  Come by, you might just bump into me!  Why do I think #CodeGeneration is so important?  Youth unemployment in Canada is at an all-time high.  In fact; 25% of our working poor is made up of our youth!  This is a scary concept to me; as I have a 17 year old that is in the work-force and is facing a future filled with self-doubt and confusion (fear of the future really).   Learning to code is a fun way for students to explore a future in computer sciences while preparing to meet the needs of an evolving knowledge-based economy.  Anyone can learn to code!

Let’s unlock Canada’s potential!  There is a massive skills gap in the Canadian IT sector – expected to reach 182,000 people by 2019.  Microsoft believes that Computer science and coding is the solution to both of those challenges.  Please attend one of Microsoft’s Hour of Code sessions with your child, and open a door to his/her future.

@MicrosoftCanada Celebrates #InternationalWomen’sDay #womenofmicrosoft @VeritasComm

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is tomorrow; to honour this special day Microsoft Canada celebrated inspiring women in technology and the community with a special event.  On March 6, 2014, I was invited to attend  the #womenofmicrosoft event held at The Spoke club in Toronto.  The evening highlight was the unveiling of a fantastic portrait with some of the company’s leading ladies alongside some select entrepreneurial women from the community.

We heard from several amazing women.  Janet Kennedy (President of Microsoft Canada) on “the journey to my dream job”.  Microsoft Canada values diversity … women are treated without discrimination.  Microsoft Canada  celebrated Canada’s leading ladies.  Women are changing business with Microsoft technology.  Celebrating amazing women across Canada, 10 entrepreneurial women nominated to be chosen to tell their stories and to showcase the positive impact that technology has had on their lives.  These women have used Microsoft technology to revolutionize her business, to support her entrepreneurial dreams, to fuel her passions, and to support social innovation … ultimately she has used Microsoft technology to make a difference.

There were a series of photos presented which paired a member of the Microsoft Team alongside an incredible entrepreneurial woman that uses Microsoft technology to attain her dreams.  Women’s Day celebrates the achievement of women globally; what better way to honour women than to honour and highlight all the positive impact?

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It was a fabulous evening; I am honoured to have been included.  Thank you Microsoft Canada and Veritas.

To follow all of the mentions of the evening, follow hashtag #womenofmicrosoft on Twitter.
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