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Dear members, partners, and industry stakeholders,

On behalf of Digital Nova Scotia and the Working Committee for the Collaborative Connections: Nova Scotia Digital Industry Conference, we are pleased to provide a comprehensive Action Plan Report outlining the conference that took place on April 28th. This report includes an overview on presentations and key topics discussed, as well as next steps and action items to support ICT industry growth in our region.

Over 120 industry stakeholders from Nova Scotia’s digital technologies sector participated in the Collaborative Connections: Nova Scotia Digital Industry Conference on April 28th at the Waterfront Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College. Hosted by Digital Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Business and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, this one-day event set out to develop a collaborative, concrete action plan to advance the province’s $2.5 billion digital technologies industry.

 

NEXT STEPS

 

The Collaborative Connections Conference Working Committee, with leadership from Digital Nova Scotia, will create four industry-led taskforces to tackle each of the four priority areas discussed during the breakout sessions. The four priority areas are: immigration and diversity, youth attraction and retention, B2B selling, and bootcamps/ICT career paths. The committees will meet on a bi-monthly basis for the next year to maintain momentum and drive collaborative action. A complete overview on ‘next steps’ can be viewed on page 24 of the report.

Of immediate concern, as identified by industry, is the need to identify priority “bootcamps” focused on supporting skill-set gaps for industry. Reflecting on the discussion from this break-out session and the immediate action required, Digital Nova Scotia is committed to initiating an industry-led roundtable this summer to efficiently develop ICT bootcamp sessions in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Interested in participating or have any questions? Please contact Rosie Shen at rosemary.shen@digitalnovascotia.com. A proposed date and location for this roundtable will be finalized in the near future. Stay tuned!

We look forward to collaborating with our industry members, stakeholders, and partners to move these next steps forward!

 

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