Written by Emilie Brunet on Aug 3, 2023
While the rest of the world celebrates Pride Month in June, Montreal extends the festivities and celebrates Pride Week the first week of August every year!
In honour of this week, we’re highlighting an incredible Montreal-based organization whose mission is to get LGBTQ+ folks hired in tech.
QueerTech is a not-for-profit that started in 2016 as a meetup for queer-identifying people working in the tech industry to connect and network.
Now in 2023, the organization’s founders Naoufel Testaouni and Eustacio Saldaña are expanding across Canada with the hopes of “queering the tech ecosystem”.
QueerTech is doing this in a multitude of ways:
Another way in which QueerTech supports its members is through their robust job board. This board features companies that are actively supporting their queer staff and working to provide an inclusive working environment.
In honor of Pride Week, QueerTech is hosting: QT Connect: Pride Edition in Montreal next week.
On Tuesday, August 8 at 5:30pm, join this exciting networking fundraiser event! You’ll get an opportunity to mingle with others in the industry, meet new people and expand your network.
You can buy a ticket and register for the event here.
On November 1st and 2nd, QueerTech is hosting their 2nd annual Qonference! This two-day event is loaded with workshops, talks, panel discussions and more. With tons of opportunities to meet other LGBTQ+ people in tech as well as businesses looking to create more inclusive workplaces, this is an event you don’t want to miss.
Not sure if the event if for you?
QueerTech says that it’s for:
This year the event will be presenting topics on the following four areas: technology, leadership development, entrepreneurship and mental health & wellness.
Tickets start at only $25 for students — and you can register here!
Looking for an LGBTQ+ organization to support this Pride Week?
You can support them here.
Are you in the queer and trans community and looking to get started in tech?
Become a member of QueerTech to start getting support in launching your career in tech 🌈
I'm the People & Culture Manager at Journey Education. I have always had a passion for writing, organization and finding creative solutions. I aim to be personable, empathetic and compassionate and believe that kindness can go along way in both business and life.
Having worked and organized with anti-capitalist, feminist and queer organizations, I strongly believe that EVERYONE deserves, not just a living wage, but a thriving wage and that it should be the priority of every business to create an inclusive, caring and diverse work environment that doesn't just ensures the work happens, but allows people to be people while the work is happening!
My approach to everything I do reflects my training in trauma-informed practices, active listening and harm reduction as well as my interest in understand the way people work, behave and exist as their full human self. I want to create safer spaces for people to explore, create and excel in a supportive environment - whether that's in life or at work.