Welcome! I am Gail (Banaszkiewicz) Carmichael. I manage external education programs at Shopify.
I'm a computer scientist, educator, and blogger. I've spent time in academia, industry, and a few places in between.
I currently lead a team at Shopify called External Education. Our mission is to make learning computer science and computational thinking better for everyone. Our projects are organized into four central pillars: degrees and apprenticeships, outreach and diversity, academic research, and policy. Learn more about CS education at Shopify.
Our biggest project (which I also lead) is a ground-breaking initiative known as the Carleton Shopify Bachelor of Computer Science partnership. Students work full time at Shopify on industry-scale projects, applying concepts mapped to curriculum, in addition to attending academic courses at Carleton. This brings in-class learning closer to on-the-job experience. We aren't just providing work-integrated learning; we're aligned it with the formal CS curriculum. Learn more about the Carleton Shopify BCS partnership.
I am particularly passionate about sharing my joy of computer science with others, especially girls and women. I am a co-founder of Carleton University's Women in Science and Engineering (CU-WISE), a member of the now disbanded Advisory Board for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and a long-time contributor to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. I am currently working on setting up a more formal Canadian branch of Girl Develop It! and continue to participate in many outreach initiatives.