Yasmin Jivraj: President, Acrodex

With more than 30 years of experience in information technology, Yasmin is the president and co-owner of Acrodex, an information technology company founded in 1984. Acrodex has been a leading provider of strategic information technology solutions for Canadian business for the last 25 years. It is now one of Canada’s top 10 information technology solution providers with over 700 information technology professionals located in Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina.

In addition to her senior management role at Acrodex, Yasmin’s business portfolio includes Dexcent (industrial automation), Arcspan (professional services automation solution), Xenali Furnishing (corporate furnishing), Axcent (industrial automation development centre in Bangalore, India), and Edmonton’s Khazana Restaurant (authentic Indian tandoori cuisine). Yasmin has served on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (2002—2008), on the Board of Directors for CBC/Radio Canada (2005 to 2008), on the Board of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (1993 to 2005) and on the Board of Canadian Information Processing Society Edmonton section.

Yasmin was the co-founder of CIPS Women in Technology Conference (now celebrating its 10th anniversary), bringing together hundreds of Grade 9 girls to pursue careers in science and technology.

In September 2012, Yasmin received the University of Alberta Alumni Honour award for contribution to the local communities and beyond, and in May 2011, an Honorary Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree from NAIT for her contributions to the advancement of the information technology industry in Canada, and her commitment to the global community.

In 2005, the Canadian Information Processing Society awarded Fellow Membership to Yasmin for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of the information technology profession and industry in Canada and in 1999, Chatelaine magazine recognized Yasmin’s outstanding contribution to the information systems industry by featuring her as one of Canada’s 100 Women Entrepreneurs.

A graduate of the University of Alberta in 1980 with a bachelor of science with specialization in computing science degree, Yasmin received Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) designation from the Canadian Information Processing Society and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

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