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Brazilian systems analyst finds her footing in Toronto’s IT sector

Caroline Mattos has always been fascinated by computers. It started when she was a young girl in Brazil watching her older brother play on his Apple Macintosh. That interest propelled her to complete an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. After working in IT for a few years, Caroline realized she wanted to grow her career and gain international experience. She applied for the Master of Science in Applied Computing (MScAC) degree program at the University of Toronto.

The MScAC degree is a unique two-year program that pairs graduate students with information technology companies for internships, following eight months of advanced courses in computer science. Caroline jumped at the opportunity to apply her skills in a business environment through a Mitacs Accelerate internship, a research grant awarded for students in the program.

Through Mitacs, Caroline was connected with SecureKey, a Toronto-based leading identity and authentication provider — they enable consumers to share identity information using trusted providers, like banks and governments.

“As an immigrant in Canada, I thought my Mitacs internship was an ideal chance to broaden my professional network in Toronto. I left Brazil because of the economic downturn and a desire to live a better life. My internship was the first step in that direction,” says Caroline.

During her internship, she was responsible for looking at existing methodologies that could improve SecureKey’s processes. “I worked directly with the product owner and the solution team to provide recommendations to SecureKey’s business problems,” cites Caroline. She also developed a living document that employees at SecureKey can refer to, to better understand SecureKey’s product requirements and challenges.

When Caroline finished the MSc in Applied Computing, she was motivated to continue her professional journey in Canada. She was hired as a full-time business analyst shortly after her internship. “Mitacs opened the doors to my career at SecureKey,” says Caroline. “And more importantly, it opened the doors to a new life in Canada.”


Mitacs would like to thank the Government of Canada, along with Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan for their support of Mitacs Accelerate.