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Helen Knight, MBA, PMP

Founder & CTO at Helen Knight Nonprofit Consulting

Calgary, Canada

Helen Wetherley Knight drives positive change as an accomplished Information Technology (IT) leader possessing significant experience leading digital transformation. The catalyst for Helen’s career ignited when she learned to program at the age of nine. It was the spark that would fuel her love of IT over the next thirty-five years. Helen now leads digital transformations for nonprofits and emergency shelters across Canada, fueled by her passion to help society with technology.

Helen is also the VP of the Calgary Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada, leads a City of Calgary Smart Cities initiative to increase access to technology for the poor, is a frequent Guest Lecturer at the University of Calgary on Business Technology Management, and is an advocate for increasing gender diversity in IT through her work with Women in Technology programs.

Helen’s education includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in IT Strategy, certifications in addiction studies, change management, project management, systems engineering, database administration, and solution design.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Calgary or Toronto Canada
Speaking Topics: Diversity and Inclusion in STEM, Nonprofit Digital Transformation, Data Management at Emergency Shelters

Helen Knight, MBA, PMP Points
Academic 5
Author 2
Influencer 85
Speaker 6
Entrepreneur 0
Total 98

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Technology
Theatre: North American
Media Experience: 15 years
Last Media Training: 03/05/2018
Last Media Interview: 11/29/2019

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy
Change Management
Customer Experience
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.13
Diversity and Inclusion 30.80
Emerging Technology 30.25
Health and Safety 34.64
Leadership 30.28
Risk Management 30.67
AI 30.03

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Agriculture & Mining
Consumer Products
Engineering & Construction
Federal & Public Sector
Higher Education & Research
Oil & Gas
Professional Services


1 Academic Whitepaper
Detecting Thermal Face Signature Abnormalities & Temperatures
Research Gate
July 05, 2019
Utilizing infrared cameras to detect temperature variations in people entering a facility.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Health and Safety, Risk Management

2 Article/Blogs
Technology Transformation at the Calgary Drop-In Centre - Gigabit Magazine Feature
March 12, 2020
Helen Wetherley Knight, Director of Information Technology (IT) at the Calgary Drop-In Centre (The DI), has always been excited by computers. “My parents met through computer dating,” she mentions, “so I'm the product of that technology from the early 70's. I started programming when I was nine and I was very interested in technology, however, in high school, I learned that ‘tech was for boys’, so I backed away for a few years. Now, I am a pretty loud advocate for keeping women engaged in technology.” Knight has worked in IT for over 20 years, spending 12 of those years at Suncor Energy while also running her own consulting business, Helen Knight Consulting Inc. During that time, she was also a regular volunteer at the Calgary Drop-In Centre in the city’s downtown.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Health and Safety

Women in Technology
March 08, 2020
Last year, tech job platform Honeypot conducted a study of 41 EU and OECD nations focused around gender parity in the technology space. In addition to revealing that Bulgaria leads the world as an employer of women in tech jobs (with a 30.28% female workforce), the study placed the United States and Canada firmly in the middle of the pack. The US tech workforce employs just over 6mn people and Canada slightly more than 900,000, with both countries paying women in technology jobs about 18% less than their male counterparts. “Gender parity in the workplace is not just an ethical or moral issue, but also an economic one: McKinsey found that $12trn could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality,” explains Emma Tracey, Co-Founder of Honeypot. “With the proportion of female tech workers remaining under 30% across the board, we hope that this study will enrich the conversation concerning equality in this industry and inspire more women to seek out opportunities in tech.”

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Tags: AI, Health and Safety, Diversity and Inclusion

1 Media Interview
Women in IT
IT World Canada
June 04, 2019
An exploration of women in IT and STEM

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership

2 Speaking Engagements
Helen Knight on her four year technology transformation
IT World Canada
June 04, 2019
The digital transformation of an emergency shelter

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Health and Safety, Leadership

Helen Knight on her four year technology transformation
March 04, 2019
The digital transformation of an emergency shelter

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Health and Safety, Leadership



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