Atousa Pahlevan-Duprat was born in Iran and immigrated to Canada in 2002. She earned a master's in mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in software engineering from the University of Victoria. Her area of expertise is in service search and discovery, and improving relevance and ranking on search engines. Atousa's most recent job was as a software engineer for Uber, responsible for improving relevancy on the platform's internal search function. She also previously worked for IBM. Atousa is highly involved with the high-tech community in both Canada and the United States, and hopes to facilitate the creation of a strong Canadian-American tech community.