The sound tech world has traditionally been very male-dominated, but over the past decade the number of women and non-binary people working in the field has increased significantly. They face specific challenges, though: finding mentorship, dealing with dominant egos, and gaining the trust of artists who don’t acknowledge their expertise. This panel of seasoned techs and artists will break down these issues and provide concrete advice on succeeding in the sound world. >> Pamela Hart is a feminist, sound technician and Vocalist on a mission to pay her bills and make the world a bit better. >> Maxime Brunet is a FOH engineer who has worked with Wolf Parade, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Operators and KEN mode, amongst others. She is based in Toronto. >> Madeleine Campbell is a studio and touring sound engineer and editor of Women in Sound Zine, dedicated to amplifying the voices of women, queer and trans* people in her field. >> AKUA is a musician currently based in Los Angeles. Canadian-born with Ghanaian roots, AKUA has moved beyond the experience as Solange's former backup singer to establish her own, intimate sound. Her new record, 'Them Spirits', which she wrote and produced between Toronto and Los Angeles, will be released this fall. >> Award-winning entrepreneur and founder of one of Toronto's most influential creative spaces, Sandbox Studios, Kiana 'rookz' Eastmond is an activator of businesses, ideas and people.