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Melissa Sariffodeen - Ladies Learning Code . Toronto, ON, CA

Melissa Sariffodeen

Founder and CEO | Ladies Learning Code

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Working with an amazing team coast to coast to create tech learning experiences for all Canadians






The Kids Will Be Alright | Melissa Sariffodeen | TEDxYouth@Toronto




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. She is dedicated to ensuring that they have the critical skills, confidence, and opportunities that they need to become passionate builders -- not just consumers -- of technology and to thrive in our increasingly digital world.

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. To date, the organization has taught over 50,000 Canadians code through their programs, which are offered in over 29 cities across the country. 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.

Her efforts to promote digital literacy in Canada have garnered attention from national media outlets like CTV, CBC, and the Globe & Mail -- and landed her a spot on Elle Canada’s list of 9 Canadian Women Making a Difference. She also recently hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to participate in a coding workshop!

Melissa holds an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey Business School and is currently pursuing her Master of Education Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Industry Expertise (6)


Computer Software


Computer Gaming

Information Technology and Services

Program Development

Areas of Expertise (6)

Digital Literacy

Technology Education

Coding Theory


Not For Profit Boards

Management & Leadership

Education (2)

Richard Ivey School of Business: Honours of Business Administration, Management

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education: Master's, Education Policy and Community Development

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (2)

We need to teach 10 million Canadians to code or we’ll get left behind

Globe and Mail  print


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Ladies Learning Code talks with CTV News about the code:mobile

CTV News  tv

Ladies Learning Code talks with CTV News about the code:mobile

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