Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza is a seasoned technology and business executive and entrepreneur. She has brought her technology and business expertise to a wide range of industries, including aerospace, higher ed., IT, biomedical, health care, software development, telecomm, legal, and chemical industries. Since 2013, she serves as Chief Information Officer at the Canadian Space Society and Vice-chair of the Vancouver chapter. Prior to this role, she worked as Chief Operating Officer - Canada for NerdForce, a global technology and cloud solutions provider, and before that as Chief Information Officer at Trinity Western University.
As an entrepreneur, she co-founded Infogenetica Consulting Services, a health informatics and technology consulting and research group, where she has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2003. More recently, she also co-founded the spin off company Infogenetica Solutions Ltd. that manufactures and commercializes 100% natural health and dietary supplements and cosmetics. Prior to that, from 1999-2002 she was a founding member and Chief Knowledge Engineer and Director of R&D at Knowledge Junction Systems, a software company focused on developing mobile web-based business intelligence solutions for the Telecommunications industry. In 2001, this company won the BC Technology Industry Assoc.’s Most Promising Startup Award.
Dr. Barranco-Mendoza has a passion for educating and mentoring the future generations of technology professionals and giving to her community. As such she has taught Computer Science and Information Systems at Simon Fraser University and the University of the Fraser Valley and from 2004 to 2012 was a tenured professor in Computing Sc. and Biotechnology departments at Trinity Western University, where she won the 2008 Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award, and was co-founder of TWU’s Gender Studies Institute and the Institute for Chronic Conditions and Ageing, serving as co-director of the first from 2008 to 2010. Her research on Artificial Intelligence applied to Health Informatics, particularly focused on cancer, diabetes, and autism, has attracted international attention and won numerous awards and research grants. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Langley Hospice Society and the Trent University Alumni Vancouver Chapter and has volunteered for several years as speaker and mentor for SFU's Women in Computing Sc. and in the Hour of Code international initiative, introducing programming to elementary, middle school and highschool students, particularly focusing on female students.
She is the published author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapter, magazines and newspaper columns; winner of numerous scientific and technology awards, including the 2015 Frost and Sullivan International CIO Impact Award - Enterprise Social Networking and was a finalist of the 2015 Technology, Science, and Research YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. She is a regular invited speaker at business, academic, and technology conferences.