WomenInTech: Paula Morrison

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Paula Morrison

Years in Technology: 20
Current Title: Global, Digital Content
Current Organization: Cogeco Peer 1

1. Why did you join the technology industry?

I have always been curious by nature. One of my favourite shows growing up was 3-2-1 Contact. It was program that show me that technology impacted everything around us. When one of my first technology clients, a digital electronics manufacturer best known for its computer network infrastructure products, let me unscrew the plates of one of their switches to see what was inside, I knew I wasn’t leaving the technology industry. I truly was hooked.

2. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally?
The person who has inspired me the most professionally is my mentor Aladin Wahba. He has always encouraged me to ask the questions: “Why?” “How does it work?” “What is this going to do differently than what is already being done?”

3. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13-year-old self what would it be?

I would say to my 13-year-old self, take more of those math, science and technology classes. They aren’t hard; they are just different. Oh! Join the computer club – that is where the future is going to be in IT.

4. How do you think we can encourage more women in tech?
If we are to encourage more women in tech, we need to showcase to young women that being in technology is cool. There need to be more workshops for young women to see how technology is all around them and how it impacts everything that they do. Also, where are the “Girls Who Code” clubs in the schools? Young women should see that there are different areas of technology where they can work. There are the pure STEM type careers and then there are also other types of technology careers such as technology marketing.

5. What is the best part of your job?
I get to speak with CIOs, CTOs and VPs of IT and they have their fingers on the pulse of what is coming next in technology. To hear first hand about the technology that they see is going to change the way we live and do business – I couldn’t ask for anything better.