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
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Jenn believes that life in ICT sector is as much about creativity as it is technology. Throughout her career, Jenn has not only been a critical player in REDspace’s success, building and maintaining one of their strongest client relationships, but has also been a mentor and role model to young women through her work with Techsploration. Jenn was the first non-family female member of the REDspace team when she joined in 2004. Today, she is the senior-most woman at a company where 25% are female, in comparison to an industry backdrop of closer to 15%.
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.
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.
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With extensive experience in partnership marketing, Rochelle brings a passion for delivering innovative strategies to her role at Digital Nova Scotia. After studying in the journalism program at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University until 2008, she has returned to Halifax after 12 years spent in the tourism marketing sector in British Columbia and Ontario. Her previous positions have been heavily-focused on collaborative marketing campaigns that combined digital platforms with traditional media. She is looking forward to building on the strong relationships that already exist in the Nova Scotia ICT sector while employing her skills in communications, graphic design, social media management, and partnership marketing.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Rochelle is excited about reconnecting with all of the beautiful outdoor spaces that she missed while living in other parts of the country.
Senior Project Coordinator
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.
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 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.
Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, where she graduated in 2015 with a Major in Communications and a Minor in Business Administration. During her time at the Mount, Hannah joined the recruitment team, welcoming prospective and new students onto campus – it was there that she found her knack for relationship-building, which she now brings to Digital Nova Scotia. Once she finished her degree, Hannah followed her passion for traveling and spent several years abroad living and working in both Australia and New Zealand. The world of digital is not new to Hannah, her roles in digital production studios have given her a broad range of skills from project coordination and internal communications to content creation and training. When she’s not in the office, you can find Hannah spending time with family or out exploring new areas by bike or kayak.
Abby is a Halifax local and is currently in her third year of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). She completed her first co-op at the Centre for Women in Business and looks forward to working at Digital Nova Scotia for her second co-op opportunity.
Abby has a love for writing, reading and design but, when she isn’t in the classroom she can be found spending time with family and friends, getting outside and, exploring new areas in the Maritimes.