WEtech Alliance is pleased to welcome Dr. Victoria Abboud to the team as Tech Talent Strategist and lead for the new Tech Connect initiative, which is made possible through a generous grant from Workforce WindsorEssex and its Community Labour Market Research and Innovation Project (CLMRIP), which is focused on identifying solutions to existing skills mismatches and barriers to new work employment and training opportunities, while at the same time supporting innovative research on a growing sector in Windsor-Essex.
Dr. Abboud has spent much of her 18-year career in post-secondary education in three Canadian provinces, the United States, and Brazil where she served as faculty and as a chair, dean, and director. Victoria was the program creator, lead facilitator, and manager for Senior Leaders, a training program at MaRS Discovery District (Toronto) where she engaged participants from education, government, and the private sector to prepare for what’s been labelled as the “future of work.” More recently, she became an adjunct professor for the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College. In addition to her support of WEtech Alliance as the Talent and Research Strategist, Victoria is the national director for Changemaker Education at Ashoka Canada. She holds Bachelor of Science and Honours Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Windsor and Master of Arts and PhD degrees from Wayne State University. Victoria recently returned to her hometown of Windsor after many years and is eager to join the regional effort to highlight the tech sector and to support the local workforce.