Digital Nova Scotia

Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is the industry association
for Nova Scotia’s $2.5 billion ICT and digital technologies sector.

Our programs, events, and opportunities enable us to connect our digital community and proudly promote its successes. Through skills development, capacity building, industry events, strong partnerships and the promotion of IT opportunities, we are supporting our sector as it continues to grow, evolve and thrive.

We are a membership-driven organization. Our members range from startups and SME’s to large multinational corporations, universities and colleges, government, and non-profits. We pride ourselves on connections. Connecting industry leaders through networking events and roundtable discussions, connecting industry with talent through our opportunities portal, and connecting with national organizations to increase the profile of our sector and province. Interested in becoming a member, join today!

To foster the growth of the digital economy in Nova Scotia.

As the industry association for the fastest growing sector in the province, Digital Nova Scotia encourages our tech talent and growing ecosystem of digital businesses to start here, stay here, and grow here! Our members at DNS range from core digital businesses and businesses who have IT and digital technology departments, and range in size from startups and SMEs to large multi-national technology corporations, universities and colleges, government, and non-profits. We believe Nova Scotia has the “IT” factor: globally competitive talent, an ecosystem of support, and a drive to push our economic boundaries – our opportunities are endless!

Our organization began as the Software Industry Association of Nova Scotia (SIANS) and later became the Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia (ITANS), before re-branding to be the Digital Nova Scotia that we are today! We’re a non-profit organization that is dedicated to growing and developing Nova Scotia’s digital technologies industry – faciliating connections, providing professional development and capacity building opportunities, and promoting our digital sector. Originally incorporated in 1989, Digital Nova Scotia has been leading our industry for 30 years.

Our board is comprised of volunteers from industry, education and supporting agencies, and we strive to maintain a diverse board to reflect the diversity of the digital industry within Nova Scotia. We’re extremely proud of our Board of Directors – learn a little more about them here!

Meet Our Team

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Wayne Sumarah

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne is very passionate about the tech sector, having spent the majority of his career with industry-leading ICT companies across Canada. His leadership roles have encompassed strategic business planning, organizational growth, client acquisition, marketing, new product and service development, and program design and implementation. In addition to these corporate leadership roles within the tech sector, he brings a unique combination of small business and public sector experience, including operation of a digital marketing agency and various senior leadership roles within government that focused on economic growth, sector development, innovation, and workforce development.

A native Haligonian, and proud Nova Scotian, Wayne is honoured to be leading the outstanding team at Digital Nova Scotia in fostering the growth of the province’s tech sector and the digital economy.

Angie Barron

Office Manager

Originally from Nova Scotia, Angie has over 15 years of experience in professional office positions and manages administrative duties for her colleagues at Digital Nova Scotia. Following her BSc degree at Mount Saint Vincent University, Angie could be found organizing medical clinics for Easter Seals Nova Scotia, before moving out west to work as a fund development officer for non-profit organizations in Alberta.  Having relocated back to Nova Scotia in 2018, along with her four-legged friends, she continues to follow her passion for working in, and volunteering for, the non-profit sector.

Robert Haldane

Director of Operations

With an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, Rob has a background in finance, economics, and project management. Having worked in the telecommunications sector for several years, Rob has a broad range of experience related to product design and launch, strategic planning, and financial and market analysis. A seasoned project manager, he values respectful communication and out-of-the-box thinking as part of his leadership style. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Rob is interested in exploring all the exciting ways that the digital sector can positively impact the province and the individuals who live and work here. In his spare time, Rob can usually be found exploring the woods with his dog or reading a good book.

Caitlin Patterson

Director, Marketing
& Communications

With a Bachelor of Public Relations, a minor in Marketing and 10 years’ experience; Caitlin Patterson prides herself on effectively crafting messages, developing strong relationships, and creating innovative marketing materials. With expertise ranging from social media management and communication planning, to internal communications and graphic design, Caitlin brings passion and enthusiasm to her role with Digital Nova Scotia. Previous roles with CEED, the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, and Laing House, have provided her with experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, and enabled her to develop strong skills in the development and implementation of strategic and business plans.
Originating from the United Kingdom, Caitlin has called Nova Scotia her home since 2008 – which she shares with her husband and daughter. Currently, she volunteers as Vice Chair on the East Hants Community Learning Association Board.

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Isaac Cook

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Born and raised in Nova Scotia with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and criminology from Saint Mary’s University, Isaac brings a wide range of both professional and personal experience to the Digital Nova Scotia team. He has spent the past 5 years working within marketing and communications, notably for STEM organizations, promoting and assisting scientific and technological growth as well as advocating for underrepresented communities. He is passionate about storytelling, deciphering data, analytics, web design, and learning new things. In his free time, Isaac enjoys traveling, playing card games, and spending time with his dogs Aspen and Timber.

Brianna MacAulay

Member Engagement Specialist

Originally from Cape Breton Island, Brianna moved to Halifax in 2007 to study Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). While at MSVU, Brianna completed co-op terms at Transport Canada, Nova Scotia Environment and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. With an interest in the non-profit sector, Brianna finished her degree and joined the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Atlantic Division as their Senior Development Coordinator for six years. A known relationship-builder, Brianna has extensive experience and passion for establishing and fostering relationships. Believing solid relationships are the foundation for success, Brianna brings clear communication, problem-solving, empathy, and commitment to all she does. With experience in stakeholder engagement, communications, marketing, event planning and fund development, Brianna is excited to delve into the tech industry and work with DNS members and help share their stories. With a passion for biodiversity and environmental conservation, Brianna actively seeks opportunities to help protect Nova Scotia’s wilderness. In her spare time, you can find Brianna checking out local restaurants, hiking and bicycling around the city.

Victoria Jeha

Project Manager

As a second generation immigrant born and raised in Nova Scotia, Victoria is passionate about diversity and the cultural seams that make up our landscape in the Maritimes. She consistently brings her unique perspective and approach to everything she works on. As a graduate from Dalhousie University in 2015 with a double major in International Development Studies and Sustainability, Victoria has since focused her work around equity and inclusion with a variety of non-for-profits including Ulnooweg Development Group, World University Services of Canada, and Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia. Also an Oxford Seminars TESOL certified instructor, Victoria is largely motivated by forming connections with new people from different backgrounds. Her work as an educator and facilitator has ranged and included: photography instruction in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, to facilitating STEM skill based curriculum in indigenous communities of Cape Breton; as well as an Educational Program Assistant with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Victoria is equally motivated by challenges – finding innovative solutions to complex social problems, and digging into the fine details of a new project are included on her roster of passions and skills.
In her spare time, she can most likely be found with a camera in hand pursuing her love of photography and filmmaking, tackling a DIY art project, or spending time with loved ones by the Atlantic ocean.

Claire Quirion

Project Manager

An Ontario native, turned East Coast enthusiast, Claire has been living in Halifax ever since graduating with her BBA at St. FX University. With over 4 years of digital agency experience, Claire is used to moving quick and wearing many hats while doing it. As an obvious extrovert, her passion and ability to form meaningful relationships has always been the backbone of her career. Claire’s background in marketing, web development, and project management make her a great fit for the Digital Nova Scotia team. When Claire’s not in the office, you can find her in the kitchen whipping up a new recipe, taking a stroll at Point Pleasant Park, or spending time with her friends.

Judith Dardon

Project Manager

Maggie Archibald

Digital Engagement Project Coordinator

Born in Vancouver, but raised in Halifax, Maggie comes to Digital Nova Scotia having worked in a variety of different industries. She is experienced in managing projects, creating brand awareness, leveraging SEO, writing copy for the web, and developing social media strategies. Maggie enjoys establishing connections with others and creating content that tells a story and leads to engagement.

Her diverse perspective and background in marketing, public relations, and project management makes her a great fit for the team and many projects at Digital Nova Scotia. With her role at DNS, Maggie is excited to maintain and foster relationships with internal and external stakeholders as well as support projects and key initiatives.

She holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, traveling, cycling, and playing with her cat.

Ricardo Cancino

Project Coordinator

Born in Mexico, raised in Alberta, and grown in Nova Scotia, Ricardo has been all over the place. Obtaining his citizenship while living in Halifax, the Maritimes has become a home to him. Finishing his studies at NSCC on the business management and marketing course, he now focuses his efforts into assisting the tech and tourism community in Nova Scotia however he can. With experience in the tourism industry, he has in-depth knowledge about tourism and customer relations as well as a passion for website development, graphic design, and project coordinating, In his spare time, he loves to spend time camping and hiking but also playing story-based videogames with his orange cat Sunshine.

Reynaldo Junior

Project Coordinator

Born in Brazil, has chosen Halifax to live with his family two years ago. Reynaldo graduated in physics, has a master’s degree in education, and worked for 10+, teaching physics and advocating the maker movement in Brazilian schools. In Halifax, he studied data analytics at NSCC and worked developing STEM activities for a science center. This mix of background and experiences helped him shape an exciting career and be prepared for the challenges in the Digital Nova Scotia team. As a project coordinator, he’ll keep with his passion for building the bridge between the IT industry and people. He spends his spare time with his lovely family, exploring trails, lakes, and the beautiful landscapes Nova Scotia has to offer.

Aishwarya Shrestha

Project Coordinator

Born and raised in a small South Asian country Nepal, Aishwarya was intrigued by Halifax being such a vibrant tight-knit community surrounded by the beautiful Atlantic ocean, she decided to move to Halifax in 2016 to pursue her Bachelors in Sociology at Saint Mary’s University. Graduated last year with several co-op work and volunteering experiences at Saint Mary’s and NSCC, Aishwarya has a background in planning and organizing orientation events, developing training and facilitating programs catered to enrich student life, transition, and employment preparation. Passionate about working for nonprofit organizations with a purpose to empower communities and build capacity, she decided to join DNS as a project coordinator to help the tech sector grow through her strong organization, communication, and relationship-building expertise. When not working, she is either exploring the beautiful Nova scotia beaches and trails or checking out the upcoming trendy restaurants downtown offering diverse cuisines with her peers.

Theresa Yuill

Project Coordinator

Theresa was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia but left the maritimes about ten years ago to complete her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of Guelph, then continuing on to complete a postgraduate degree in International Project Management at Humber College. From there, she spent two years working in Uganda and Zambia within the social enterprise space and had been working at a Montreal-based data and technology consulting firm for two years after returning back to Canada. At the start of this year, she finally moved back to Nova Scotia to be closer to her family and friends, and to be a changemaker within the local community.

Her principal interest is in the development and implementation of projects, initiatives, and business models to address social problems across the nonprofit, social enterprise, and for-profit sectors. She has experience with managing projects, operations and financial management, and conducting business and partnership development. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, eating and drinking delicious things, and spending time with loved ones.

Aminah Hausermann

Project Coordinator

With a Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Ryerson University, Aminah has extensive experience working in tourism, and recently took on freelance blog writing and web copy. She is eager to combine her passions to help facilitate the digital expansion of tourism in Nova Scotia. Being from Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean, she has always made sustainable tourism her mandate, and she looks forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the team.

Rebecca Raftus

Communications Coordinator – Co-op

A fourth-year student at Saint Mary’s University, Rebecca currently is completing her program with a double major in Marketing and Management as well as completing her final work term here at DNS! She’s a very outgoing person who loves to work out and spend time with her family and friends. Throughout her professional career, she has worked many different jobs including several marketing agencies. She has a love for learning and can’t wait to experience all that the non-profit sector has to offer.

Logan Oderkirk

Project Coordinator – Co-op

A 2nd year Bachelor of Public Relations Student at the Mount Saint Vincent University, Logan was born and raised right here in Halifax Nova Scotia. He loves keeping up with the latest and greatest technology and playing video games like League of Legends and Civilization VI with his friends. He is a ‘political nerd’, always keeping his eye on the news and volunteering with campaigns across the province. Ever since he was young Logan has also been super passionate about the environment and how important it is to leave our earth better than we inherited it. He loves the great outdoors and spending time in Nova Scotia’s many beautiful forests or the amazing coastline.

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