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!
We promote, market and increase awareness of members and opportunities within our sector through social media channels, our website, events, speaking opportunities and more. Promotion includes, but is not limited to:
- Member Updates
- Industry Changes & News
- Opportunities & Events
- Job Postings
- Success Stories
Working closely with stakeholders and funding partners, DNS develops and implements a wide variety of impactful programs and projects to increase the capacity of our workforce 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!
DNS partners with local, provincial and national stakeholders including, the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Volta, The Centre for Women in Business (CWB), and Women in Communications and Technology (WCT). We believe that by leveraging our own strengths and the strengths of our partners – we can have the greatest impact.
We advocate on behalf of our members to support their business growth and drive the region’s digital economy. Recent and current advocacy items included Unlimited Liability (Provincial Procurement Contracts) and Diverse Corporate Boards (Corporate Disclosure Amendments)
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With a career spanning five geographic regions, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia is a multilingual, award-winning entrepreneur and innovator with over 20 years of global experience within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. She has held senior executive roles at the headquarters of prominent multinational high-tech corporations, SMEs, and startups, including Intel, Hewlett Packard (Compaq), McAfee, LANNET, RAD Data Communications, Commtouch, CarteNav and Seaside Wireless Communications. In recognition of her unprecedented leadership with Digital Nova Scotia and lifelong advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusion, Ulrike has received numerous awards and has been regularly featured as an inspiring role model for youth, women, and immigrants in STEAM. Read more.
With a Bachelor of Public Relations, a minor in Marketing and close to six 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 for 8 years. Currently, she volunteers as Vice Chair on the East Hants Community Learning Association Board.
A Nova Scotia native, Tyler came to DNS after three years coordinating inspection and expediting services for many of Canada’s leading oil and gas companies with ACES Global Quality Services Canada Ltd. With a Bachelor of Business Administration, a major in marketing and a minor in Information Technology; Tyler excels in developing and implementing effective workflows which he proudly executes with a high level of attention to detail. Upon obtaining his degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, Tyler pursued freelance digital marketing and web design where he worked with many local businesses and organizations including, Nobes Consulting, True North Dinner, Swiffy Swipe, and the Parkinson Society. In his spare time, Tyler is often found running all over Halifax training for the Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon, scouting for the perfect photo opportunity or passionately keeping up with the growing Canadian independent journalism scene. Come winter-time Tyler may also be found volunteering as a coach at the local curling club.
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.
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 volunteers with the Ecology Action Centre and 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.
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.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Laura graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2018 with a major in Communication and Minor in Communication Technology. Upon completion of her BA she was accepted into Nova Scotia Community College to pursue her passion in IT web development, where she will graduate in May 2020.Recently, she finished her first work term at NATIONAL Public relations as a junior web developer. With previous experience in social media and multimedia roles she hopes to become more involved in Nova Scotia’s tech industry. Laura has an artistic background in illustration and design and considers herself as a hybrid, being able to think technically while aiding in the creative process. She focuses her work on user experience design and implementing user accessibility guidelines.Laura views her creative mind and empathy for others as a strength, and always trying to think outside of the box to create an inclusive web and create better experience for all. Outside of work you can find her cooking, walking on a trail, talking to a stray cat, or just on her laptop!
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 over 25 years. See where we’re going with our Strategic Plan
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!