Ella Hilal, PhD

Director of Data, Plus and International , Shopify

Ella Hilal is an active researcher and a subject matter expert with more than 12 years of experience in data intelligence, machine learning, and Internet of Things, backed by versatile experience in academia and the tech industry in turning novel ideas into revenue-generating products. She has a Doctorate degree in Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Hilal has been recognized numerous prestigious awards, most prominent of which are NSERC IRDF, NSERC CGS, Fulbright, DAAD, and OGS. Dr. Hilal has been recognized as one of the leading women in the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine space by the Connected World forum. Dr. Hilal is an active evangelist for responsible innovation, women in tech, and STEM.

She has also been recognized by the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship as a Google scholar for her active role and leadership in supporting women in technology. She has been recognized as a champion in a Women in Technology Peer2Peer group, where professionals in the Waterloo region explore challenges and share insights to encourage retention and advancement of women in technology. She is currently a Director of Data Science at Shopify and is also an adjunct assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo.

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