International Women's Day - A Celebration

Ambience Data is a firm believer of equal rights. We are comprised of nine employees in the Mississauga office, four of which are female. To celebrate International Women’s Day, the women of Ambience Data were interviewed to tells us exactly what it International Women’s Day means to them.

 

Nisha Sarveswaran is the CEO and founder of Ambience Data. She graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from Ryerson University and worked for multiple large corporations before deciding to go into the field of Air Quality.  

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate and support the empowerment of women. We should be recognising the many achievements that women have accomplished and strive to encourage all women to reach for their goals.

Who is your biggest influence and why?

Although this may sound very cliche, my mom is my biggest influence. She has passed down so much knowledge for me to learn from. My mom supports me in everything I aim to do and helps me balance my career and family life.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing young girls and women today?

I think the biggest issue facing young girls and women today is the lack of encouragement and support to enter male-dominated careers such as engineering, technology, and science. When I was enrolled in the Aerospace engineering program in Ryerson, the percentage of women in my program were extremely low.

 

Aldona Budniak is the CTO of Ambience Data and has been with the company since the very beginning. 

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

It is a time to celebrate the women who have touched our lives: whether women in our families such as our mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, or women in our community such as teachers, neighbours, and friends. So be sure to take some time to reflect on their achievements, what they’ve done for you, and say “thank you”!

Who is your biggest influence and why?

I would like to thank my grandmother for her love and always being there for me, even though I only get to see her once in a while since I moved to Canada. But we stay in touch!

What do you think is the biggest issue facing young girls and women today?

I think that work-life balance is becoming a big issue with the pace of life increasing and having to take on the associated responsibilities. It’s a challenge to keep up and try to fit it all in while not getting burnt out.

 

Hemalatha Raghunathan is in charge of quality assurance for Ambience Data. She joined the company in 2015 and brings a wide range of knowledge from her previous large corporate job.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

International Women's Day is an important reminder that today's girls are tomorrow's women. “It’s a day to spotlight women of the world, and the impact they make in everyday life through education… It’s a day to encourage young women to make changes in our world.”

Who is your biggest influence and why?

I have three women whom I always respect and played an extremely influencing role in my life.

1. My mother-in-law who is my best and biggest influencer - I am who I am today because of her. Coming from India, I had no idea of the western culture, but she taught me how to be independent, social, and the rights I had and much much more.

2. No one can replace her, my mother, my identity is my mum. Today I stand where I am because of the knowledge and culture that she passed onto me.

3. Mother Teresa - This Devoted person can never be forgotten for what she has devoted her life for: to the service of the poor and dispossessed. She was a lady of selfless service to others. Through her Missionary of Charities organisation she personally cared for thousands of sick and dying people in Calcutta. I visited her organisation in Calcutta and was completely mesmerised.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing young girls and women today?

There has been a lot of progress made to protect and promote women’s rights in recent times. However, in my personal opinion, women are still facing problems and issues like unequal pay, and physical violence.

 

Sandi Chieu is an Environmental Analyst at Ambience Data with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a day for us to reflect on how far we’ve come, to remember what women in the past had to go through for us to be able to do what we can do today. We also have to recognize that there’s still so much for us to achieve for true equality for women around the world. However, we also have to celebrate all we’ve accomplished. More and more women around the world have access to education and women are breaking the glass ceiling and holding managerial and top positions in companies.

Who is your biggest influence and why?

My mom is the biggest influence in life. She moved to Canada with her family when she was in her late teens and had to adjust to the western culture in order to succeed. With the language barrier being a huge problem while looking for a career, my mom would take night classes for English while working during the day to support her parents and siblings. She always worked her hardest so that me and my sister never had to.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing young girls and women today?

I think the biggest issue facing young girls and women today are the stereotypical roles we are pushed towards starting at a young age. From when we were young, girls are told they are pretty and cute while boys are told they are smart and strong. We are pushed in a direction of lesser expectation compared to men. The media also plays a huge part in promoting gender role, a classic example is seen when you assume that all female medical staff in a hospital are nurses while the males are doctors.

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