Welcome! I am Gail (Banaszkiewicz) Carmichael. I manage external education programs at Shopify.
I'm a computer scientist, educator, and changemaker. 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. 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've 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.