Chitra is an award-winning communications and marketing executive. With over 20 years in the technology industry, she has spent time as the head of Communications for Microsoft Canada, director of Marketing at TELUS Corporation, and director of Operations at Open Text.
Projects she guided at Microsoft and TELUS have been awarded IABC Gold Quill Awards, Canadian Public Relations Society Awards of Excellence, the Corporate IT Hero award by the Information Technology Association of Canada, and the Business for the Arts Awards.
Chitra is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurs are the people within your organization who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, driving innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas.
She is a doctoral researcher, innovation and culture change key note speaker, professor, author, and advisor to high-growth companies.
She has keynoted several events, AGMs and conferences where her talks reveal how to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship within organizations, how to stay on the cutting edge of market trends, technology, and consumer behaviour. Her writing has been featured in The Globe and Mail and The Huffington Post, and she teaches several courses at Humber and Sheridan College. In 2018, Chitra published her book, The Greenhouse Approach: How to Cultivate Deliberate Innovation in Organizations.
Chitra has been named as a “bridge builder” for women in tech by the A-list; a yearly publication that features 50 prominent Indo-Canadians who through various career and community efforts have helped foster relations between Canada and India.
She has an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management and is currently pursuing her PhD at Bradford University in the UK.