2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award Recipients Announced

HALIFAX, Sept. 24, 2014 – Digital Nova Scotia’s President and CEO, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, has recently been announced as a recipient of the prestigious 2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award in the Entrepreneur and Innovator category. She is joined by fellow recipients Diandra Phipps, Owner and Operator of En Vie, and Elana Liberman, Owner and CEO of Cyclone Studios Inc. The Awards program honours 19 inspirational women, in total, who play an important role in the Halifax community. Women leaders are also recognized in the following categories: Arts and Culture, Communications/Public Affairs, Education and Research, Health Sport and Wellness, Management and the Professions, and Young Woman of Distinction.

“Digital Nova Scotia has seen unprecedented growth under Ulrike’s leadership. It’s certainly not an understatement to say she transformed our organization. Her distinct drive and passion for our sector is infectious, which complements her disciplined and strategic approach to operations. She is a natural leader, a mentor, and a role model in our community. This award and recognition is incredibly well deserved,” says Bruce MacDougall, Chairperson, Digital Nova Scotia.

“On behalf of Digital Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors, I offer our gratitude for her leadership and sincerest congratulations for this significant achievement,” adds MacDougall.

Bahr-Gedalia’s Award recognition also aligns well with one of Digital Nova Scotia’s largest projects, Women Leaders Fueling the Digital Economy, which is funded by Status of Women Canada and focuses on increasing the participation of women in senior-level positions among the province’s largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) employers. The project highlights the need for more female role models in male-dominated sectors.

“I feel incredibly flattered and honoured to be a recipient of such a prestigious Award amongst other fabulous and well deserving women. I am truly grateful for this acknowledgement of my achievements to date. I don’t take anything for granted in life, so this Award comes to me as a very pleasant surprise,” says Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia.

The Progress Women of Excellence Awards Gala takes place each November. Hosted by the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis, 2014 marks the 25th year for this prestigious event! This annual fundraiser, hosted in support of Phoenix is the only one of its kind in the Province. The complete list of recipients can be found here.

“The past one-and-a-half years have provided amazing personal and professional growth. I love what I do, and frankly feel as though my journey has only just begun, together with the fantastic team, our Board of Directors, and many stakeholders and partners. Having a positive impact and making a difference is what drives me,” remarks Bahr-Gedalia.

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Media contact:

Emily Boucher
Director, Marketing and Research
E: emily.boucher@digitalnovascotia.com
P: 902-817-6428

About Digital Nova Scotia

Engaging both members and stakeholders in the region, Digital Nova Scotia provides advocacy, multi-sectoral industry intelligence, facilitates connections between industry and talent, and delivers high-level programming to ensure Nova Scotia’s $1.5 billion digital industry (which boasts an additional $1 billion in spin-offs) continues to flourish.

About the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis Charitable Foundation 

The Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis Charitable Foundation (CPC Halifax Cornwallis) is a committed group of volunteer women totally focused on helping those in need in our community since 1988. The Halifax Cornwallis chapter is one of the most active and successful Progress Clubs in Canada. We are proud to support Phoenix, HomeBridge Youth Society, Adsum House and Nova Scotia Special Olympics locally, and Canadian Special Olympics nationally.