About the Board
Our Board is comprised of volunteers from industry, education and supporting agencies. Digital Nova Scotia strives to maintain a diverse Board to reflect the diversity of the digital industry within Nova Scotia. Our Board Members have the opportunity to serve three-year terms, but are voted-in on an annual basis at the Annual General Meeting. Once elected, the Board selects the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
President & CEO
Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (BA, MA) is the President & CEO of Digital Nova Scotia . She’s a multilingual senior level executive with over 20 years of combined experience in the private, public & academic sectors. Her career spans five geographic regions: America (North), Africa (South), Middle East, Asia & Europe.
Ulrike thrives on challenges! With a proven track record in International Marketing, Business & Economic Development, Channel Management, Government/Stakeholder Relations, Board Governance, Fundraising, Organizational Growth & Public Speaking, she’s a true game-changer. Having lived, worked & studied in the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel & now Canada, Ulrike has merged her passion for inclusive diversity, entrepreneurship, innovation, new technologies & STEAM-education with her keen ambition to help individuals & businesses succeed in local & global markets.
Ulrike has worked in executive leadership roles at the headquarters of prominent technology multinationals, SMEs & Startups, including Intel, Compaq/HP, RAD Data Communications, Commtouch Software, McAfee & Seaside Wireless. Her diverse sector expertise in software, hardware & networking products in ICT companies & software development in med-tech, aerospace & defense industries, provides her with first-hand experience & insight into the multi-sectoral facets of the ICT sector & its magnitude of opportunities.
Ulrike has been honoured with the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award for two consecutive years (2016 and 2015). In 2015, she was also recognized with the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, the national WCT Top 15 Leadership Excellence Award: Innovator & the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award. In 2014, Ulrike was a recipient of the Progress Women of Excellence Award: Innovator/Entrepreneur, named 1 of Canada’s top 40 Change-Makers by Canadian Living, and received the Mannesmann Teaching Award (USA) & Fulbright Scholarship (USA) while pursuing her M.A.
Ulrike is an elected member of the International Women’s Forum & sits on Industry Advisory Boards with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Computer Science & the Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business.
Ulrike is married and has two children. She moved with her family from Israel to Nova Scotia in 2002.
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%.
Emily Smits is the co-founder of Modest Tree, a software company developing virtual, augmented and 3D training tools and solutions.Emily is the Chief Operating officer at Modest Tree and has worked with the company through high-growth stages, leading the operations and project management.Over the past 10 years Emily has worked in high finance, and in information technology, leading high-performance teams. Modest Tree was founded in 2011 with the vision to develop tools that make it easier to create advanced digital training. Emily is especially proud of the innovative team at Modest Tree, pushing the envelope to create advanced 3D, augmented and virtual reality applications, while continuing to keep things real with a sense of humour and office nerd gun fights.Emily has Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University and is a designated accountant and Project Management Professional. Emily lives in Halifax with her husband and young son.
After completing a 4 year Biology degree at Acadia University, Lisa joined Purolator Courier in a sales role and never looked back. She got the “startup” bug when she joined Sprint Canada in the late 1990’s. Lisa loved the positive energy, spirit and drive; it was infectious. Fast forward 10-15 years and she joined Radian6 – what a ride that was! Radian6 was her introduction to the world of SaaS and social media. Lisa now leads teams of business development reps, inside sales executives, and customer success specialists!
Craig Mulcahy is a Consulting Partner at BDO Canada LLP. Over the last 20 years, Craig has developed extensive expertise in management consulting, strategy and government incentives for large complex organizations as well as owner managed and not for profits.Prior to becoming Partner with BDO, Craig started and was the Managing Partner of PRM Inc. He started the consulting company in 2006 and merged it with BDO in 2012. Craig has also filled many roles as an IT consultant and executive. Craig was the Director of IT for an International manufacturing organization before transitioning to become the organization’s CFO.Craig leads BDO Canada’s Technology Industry group for Atlantic Canada, and is a member of the firm’s National Emerging Technology Team.
Jim Fitt is CEO and founder of Velsoft and is responsible for all aspects of the business. Under Fitt’s leadership, Velsoft has grown from a small ebook publisher to an award winning global leader in customizable courseware development, eLearning and other educational technologies. Jim takes pride in continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible in online education by disrupting learning and development with innovations and flexibility that challenge the economic model of how organizations train their people.
Andrew Rau-Chaplin is Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. He received his Ph.D. from Carleton University in 1993 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at DIMACS. His academic research has led to over 100 publications in conferences and journals and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. students have gone on to positions in academia and leading technology companies including Google, Microsoft, and Intel. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Rau-Chaplin has been active in industrial research and consulting. He spent a number of years as the Chief Architect and head of R&D for a global reinsurance company where with a team of 50 scientists, mathematicians and software engineers he lead projects in quantification of individual catastrophic risks (e.g. Japanese Earthquakes, US Hurricane), management of risk portfolios, and dynamic financial analysis.
Neville Ashleigh is a Vice President of Consulting Services for CGI here in Nova Scotia where he is responsible for the profitable growth, client satisfaction and delivery excellence for the services that CGI provides in the Atlantic region. Neville is passionate about helping Nova Scotia to continue to grow an exciting and sustainable technology industry and community that we can all be a part of. Neville has nearly 25 years of professional high end IT consulting experience with various industries such as Government; Oil and Gas; Defense; Financial Services and Facilities/Equipment management. This rich background in service delivery and client success has shaped Neville into a strong, confident and driven leader; one who is able to identify the best in others and empower them to maximize their talents. During his consulting career, Neville has provided services to major clients including governments and top tier organizations all over Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Andreas Robinson is a Social Entrepreneur on a mission to empower individuals and communities to embrace their limitless potential. He is the Founder and CEO of Infinitus Academy, his social enterprise- which integrates social + emotional education into experiential events, training and development within public and private schools from elementary through to post-secondary, along with prisons, community groups. With their 5 pillar of Identity, Resiliency, Leadership, Mental Health and Entrepreneurship, Infinitus Academy focuses on equipping persons with skills to thrive during transitional periods. With a background in experiential learning, over the past 8 years Andreas has engaged 2,500+ persons through events, and continues to build his personal portfolio with facilitation, consulting, public speaking and coaching. Finally, Andreas will be graduating with a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing from the Sobey School of Business in 2019!