Amy escaped communist-torn Vietnam in the mid 1980’s with her family and established in Calgary (Alberta).
“We started off with no money, no connection and no ability to speak English,” she recalls. “At the same time, we were extremely grateful for this unique chance to start our new life and build new dreams in Canada.”
Determined to make her family proud and make the most of this new life, Amy went on to earn a degree in Computer Science at the University of Calgary in 2000. With her degree in hand, she landed a job as a lead software engineer developing software for the Canadian and US military.
“My work was very cutting-edge, developing control stations for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) used for tactical surveillance for the US and Canadian military,” she explains. “It was very cool and innovative.”