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Melissa Sariffodeen

CEO and Founder of Ladies Learning Code & Canada Learning Code

Melissa is a social entrepreneur, leader and big thinker. As Co-Founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code and Canada Learning Code, Melissa has established a reputation as a fierce advocate for women and youth. 

Since 2011, Ladies Learning Code has championed digital literacy for Canadians, working nation-wide and across all sectors to equip women and youth with technical skills. The organization runs programming for adult women, a thriving girls’ program called Girls Learning Code, a co-ed youth program called Kids Learning Code. The organization’s latest initiative is a program for educators: Teachers Learning Code.  

In 2016, Melissa and her team launched their most ambitious initiative to date: Canada Learning Code – a ground breaking cross-sector coalition to create 10 million technology learning experiences for Canadians over the next ten years.

She is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  She taught herself how to build websites from scratch using HTML when she was 11 years old and has been coding ever since.