"Are there enough women in the industry to actually make up a feature story?" That was the question that was asked most often when we initially floated the idea of running a story to celebrate the women of CE. Well, it turns out that there are more women in high places than we actually thought and as an industry we can be proud to say that we are much more inclusive than others. We discovered women running the Canadian arm of multi-billion dollar multi-nationals companies. There are women running international sales teams for successful Canadian brands, building relationships with over 35 countries globally. Other women are 50-50 partners with their significant others running distribution and retail operations. Indeed, half way through the development of this story the question of "are their enough women?" changed to "who have we missed?" Of all the companies that have advertised in this magazine, 72% of my main contacts are women.
And of course we have missed many, but one that we didn't, is our very own Christine Persaud. She tried her hardest to get out of participating arguing that she covers the news and should not be part of the story, but after 16 years in the industry she has earned her place at the table. Women in Tech starts on page XX.
What happens when a life-long audiophile like Gordon Brockhouse downsizes to a smaller home that no longer affords his man-cave space for component audio and other audio treasures? Without creating a spoiler, the story has a happy ending; never has there been a better time to buy compact and aesthetically pleasing audio regardless of your new space. Gord couldn't be happier with his new set-up that also includes the Samsung Frame that he reviews in our April issue.
Also in this issue we tackle the importance of health and more precisely, how technology is being developed with the goal of prolonging death. Christine Persaud, starting on page XX shares a plethora of products that blend health and data analytics, showing the way that we look after ourselves, how we engage with our medical practitioners and what we do with the numbers, is truly in our hands. However, the hands of your surgeon, may one day be a continent away from where you are actually having a procedure. Frank Lenk explores, show to live to 150. The field of longevity, once explored by a fraternity of quacks is finding a path to legitimacy and the notion that at 70 you may be middle aged is no longer out of reach.
We grappled with what to call this issue - reading the quotes and reflection from the women who participated in our feature we though we should call this the wisdom issue. Writing about how tech is changing the health industry we thought a good tag could be the life issue. We settled on the human issue. How we treat each other and ourselves is ultimately the character that defines us.
As always thank you for reading.