Welcome! I am Gail (Banaszkiewicz) Carmichael. I do software development at Shopify and computer science outreach for girls and women. Visit my LinkedIn profile or download my academic CV. If you might like to hire me to put together a computer science and/or video game workshop, camp, or course, contact me.
My varied background in both software development and computer science education has provided me with an interesting set of valuable skills. I have contributed to traditional software development projects, but I have also delved deeper into what it means to be a good programmer when designing curriculum for outreach programs and undergraduate courses. In my role as a faculty instructor, I was not only an educator and designer, but also an effective manager overseeing up to 700 students and 18 teaching assistants at a time. As a researcher, I continue to use good engineering practices and take pride in any code I write.
I am also 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.