When I was younger, I dreamed about building technology that would help people around the world, right from my hometown of Toronto. I knew in my gut that it was what I was meant to do. But two major problems stood in my way: there were very few homegrown tech companies in Toronto at the time, and I didn’t have an engineering background.
And so I did what many people in my position have done — I took a non-technical role at a global tech company with a Toronto satellite office that had sales and marketing teams. I thought it would be the perfect way to get close to tech and have an impact on Canada. About a year in, I was pretty disappointed about the size of the role I could play there. Our office was so far removed from the big decisions being made and who they were made for. It didn’t feel like I could make the impact I’d dreamed of.