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.

Jenn Priske


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%.

Leigh Anne Dingwall

Vice Chair

Leigh Anne is an empowering and innovative HR and Communications leader. She brings a wealth of experience developing strategic partnerships, talent and performance management programs, and health and wellness initiatives in the public and private sectors.

Joining Maplewave in 2015, Leigh Anne’s passion for promoting a unique and diverse culture of excellence has facilitated the growth of the company, the development of quality, long-standing relationships, and proven instrumental to Maplewave winning the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award locally (2017) and nationally (2018).

Leigh Anne holds a Master’s in Human Resource Management from York University and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from Saint Mary’s University. She currently teaches Strategic Human Resource Management and Organizational Leadership and Development at Mount Saint Vincent University in a part-time capacity. A facilitator with the National Coaches Institute in Toronto, Leigh Anne has also delivered HR training as part of the elite Canadian Coaches program over the last five years.

Leigh Anne is actively involved in the Cape Breton Hospice Society and various political organizations. She currently resides in Bedford, NS with her family.

Tony Leclerc

Tony Leclerc


Tony Leclerc is the Executive Director of Finance at the North American Indigenous Games, a multi-sport event and cultural celebration involving Indigenous athletes from across North America. Prior to this, Tony held various positions in Internal and External Audit, Creating Internal Control Environments, as well as Financial Reporting, servicing different industries and verticals, with over half his career focused on the Tech sector.  He is dedicated to working with the IT industry in Nova Scotia, seeing it as a prime avenue of lasting growth for the Province.  

Tony obtained his Bachelor of Commerce with a Major of Accountancy from Concordia University in Montreal, as well as holding an American Certified Public Accountant designation.  He lives in Halifax with his wife and 2 young children.

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Lisa Jackson


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!

Carrie Forbes

Carrie Forbes

Carrie Forbes is the CEO of League Data, a Halifax based cooperative owned by 46 credit unions in Atlantic Canada. League Data is also the CIO for the Atlantic Credit Unions, providing enterprise banking solutions for the credit unions and their members. Carrie participates on several national credit union committees and boards providing collaboration and influence within the financial cooperative sector. 

Carrie joined League Data from the Province of Nova Scotia, where she was a Director of Strategic Relations in the Chief Information Office, and a Learning Consultant within the NS Public Service Commission. Prior to her work in the public sector, she held various positions at Scotiabank within its Electronic Banking centre, where her technology, human resource and management skills were honed. She holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts, English Major degree from Dalhousie University. As an avid life long learner, Carrie also holds numerous certifications from a variety of institutions. 

Dawn Jutla

Dawn Jutla

Dr. Dawn Jutla is the Scotiabank Chair of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and founder and former Director of the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship (MTEI) Program at the Sobey School of Business. She is also founder and co-CEO of Peer Ledger Inc., a blockchain company headquartered in Halifax, NS.

Dawn received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science in the areas of distributed shared memory and multi-view memory access control and protection respectively from the Technical University of Nova Scotia/Dalhousie University. She became multi-disciplinary by adding and teaching new MBA business courses such as e-Commerce and Government and Platforms.  She has co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including in ACM, IEEE, and ScienceDirect outlets. She is co-author of a book entitled e-Business Readiness: A Customer-Focused Framework. In 2012, she convened the OASIS Privacy by Design Documentation for Software Engineers (PbD-SE) Technical Committee with Ann Cavoukian. Dawn is a recipient of the World Technology Award in the Software category for her work in online privacy. Dr. Jutla has 15 years of Board experience. She served for 6 years on the Saint Mary’s Board of Governors, 3 years on the Board of the IWK Health Centre, and on the Board of OASIS, an international standards organization, for 6 years between 2012 and 2018.

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David Fraser


David is well-known as one of Canada’s leading internet, technology and privacy lawyers. He regularly advises a range of clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – on all aspects of technology and privacy laws. David advises private and public sector clients to implement compliance programs for Canadian privacy legislation. He regularly provides opinions on privacy laws for both Canadian and international clients and is a frequently invited speaker on this topic. David also acts for complainants and respondents in matters referred to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. He is the author of the popular Canadian Privacy Law Blog (blog.privacylawyer.ca).David is widely recognized as one of Canada’s foremost authorities on privacy law and other legal issues associated with cloud computing. He regularly advises vendors and customers in connection with implementing cloud computing projects, in both the public and private sectors. David is particularly known for his ability to cut through the seemingly intractable issues related to cross-border data flows and law enforcement/national security access to customer data.In addition, David is the Past President of the Canadian IT Law Association and the former Chair of National Privacy and Access Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. David was honoured to be included in the inaugural (2006) and each subsequent edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the category of Information Technology law. He is listed among the world’s leading lawyers in Internet and eCommerce Law in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. In the spring of 2006, David was a recipient of an Outstanding Young Canadian Award by the Junior Chamber of Commerce International – Halifax Chapter. In 2009, David was named as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by Lexpert, and is listed in Lexpert’s guide to leading lawyers in Canada. In 2011, David was named by The Lawyers Weekly as one of Canada’s top 24 legal social media influencers. In 2013, David was among the finalists for Canadian Lawyer magazine’s most influential Canadian lawyers.

Ian MacLeod


Principal Consultant of Birch Hollow Consulting, Ian has an interest in educational leadership, change management and the use of an appreciative inquiry approach to truly understand the culture of organizations and the impact of change upon them. He is a proponent of problem-based learning, competency-based learning and assessment, and alternative educational methodologies and delivery methods, including online and other distance methodologies that allow educators to meet students where they are. Ian joined NSCC in 2003 as faculty in the Computer Technologies department at the Institute of Technology campus.  He has been an Academic Chair as well as a dean over the past 17 years. Ian has held a variety of faculty, consultant, leadership, and management roles in the private and public educational fields and in health care education over the past 40 years.   Ian’s educational background includes a Masters of Education in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University, Applied Information Technology Diploma from the Information Technology Institute, and a B.Ed. and B.Sc. from Saint Mary’s University. He is currently a student in the Educational Leadership EdD program at Western University. Ian had a long and respected career in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, having held various staff and command positions, retiring as a Lieutenant-Colonel.

Emily Smits

Emily Smits


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.

Glen Lavigne


Glen Lavigne is the Chief Executive Officer and President of SolutionInc Technologies Ltd, and a Director since 2003. He is a Business Development Professional with over 25 years of international business experience. Mr. Lavigne was a Founding Member of the Visitor Based Networking Division of 3COM Corporation, and served as Regional Sales Manager from 1997 to 1999. He served as a Director of New Business Ventures at 3COM Corporation from 1999 to 2002. He is a founder, Director and Secretary of PureHD, a free-to-guest TV service provider since 2010. He also serves as Director of Nobelium Technologies.

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Jim Fitt


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.

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Andrew Rau-Chaplin


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.

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Neville Ashleigh


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.

Mike MacPhail

Mike MacPhail


Mike MacPhail is a lead with MNP’s Technology Solutions group in Atlantic Canada. Based in Halifax, Mike is an unabashed advocate and cheer leader for the potential of our region. Mike has spent his career based here, but has had the privilege to travel and work in far flung destinations around the world with start-ups, big enterprise, and everything in between with amazingly talented people. Lesson learned? We can do it better than anyone, right here!

Mike realized some simple, yet powerful, truths early on: people want to do good work, yearn to make a difference, are innately curious, and in the right environment with the right team, will do amazing things. Simple concept, extremely difficult to actualize, particularly in the face of bureaucracy, corporate structure, learned behaviour, and a host of obstacles. In one form or another, this has been Mike’s career focus as he strives to create the optimal conditions to affect real change, and drive disruptive innovation and growth.

Mike is a technologist, entrepreneur, and designer at heart. His greatest joy is creating. New teams, businesses, markets, products, partnerships … and on the personal side has a love for old motorbikes, home reno, and self-improvement. All are forever a work in progress, but progress always.

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Andreas Robinson


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!

Christine Hamblin


Christine believes that to solve the complex issues we face today, we need a modern and creative approach to leadership. Confronting the chaos with creativity helps us design revolutionary solutions, with a focus on real people and their needs. As Accenture Inc’s Innovation Lead for Atlantic Canada, Christine helps the region’s most admired organizations improve their product and service offering, through the co-design and co-creation of solutions that solve actual customer, consumer, and user needs. Christine has a Master’s degree in Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Bachelor Degrees in both Biomedical Science and Business, and countless international certifications for programs that fall under the Innovation umbrella. Christine is also a university Lecturer in Innovation & Entrepreneurship … so, if you want a free lecture, tell her you believe Uber is a disruptive innovation.

Alex Paul


Alex Paul is the Executive Director for the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO), originally known as the Unama’ki Economic Benefits Office. Not only has he found his way back to his ancestral home, but he has found his way back to his true passion for building capacity within Aboriginal communities in terms of education, training, and employment. He is a former member with the Nova Scotia Community College Board of Governors and Board Member of the UNIA in Glace Bay. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for New Dawn Enterprises and is the Chair of the Cape Breton Partnership Board. Alex was featured in a CBC Radio series titled Cape Breton Leadership: The Next Generation. Alex was also on the Premiers Advisory Committee reviewing the provincial apprenticeship program. Before joining the Economic Benefits Office, Alex had extensive experience in the field of Business Development and Management, having worked for RBC and Ulnooweg Development Corporation.

As Executive Director of the Mi’kmaq Economic Benefits Office, Paul is leading a very successful First Nation model in Economic Development, one that is being recognized across Canada. This office was originally established to ensure there was meaningful lndigenous participation in the $400 million Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup project. Since then the office has taken the success and experience it gained from the Tar Ponds project and applied it to many other economic opportunities in the region. This model of economic development is often referred to as the “Unama’ki Model”. This model involves taking a business approach and a collaborative approach to Economic Development, by the five First Nation communities in Cape Breton, as well as partnerships with Industry and government, partnerships that are a win-win for industry, government and for the First Nation communities. These partnerships and the training and support that MEBO provides, has resulted in hundreds of jobs for Indigenous community members across Nova Scotia.

Matt Stewart


Matt is the co-founder of click2order.ca and Collegio Technologies. Matt received a Business Admin Diploma – Accounting from NSCC (2006) and a Bachelor of Business – Marketing from Cape Breton University (2009). After graduating from CBU, Matt spent 6 years working with the university in a variety of entrepreneurial-based roles. This included a position with the Small Business Development Centre where he worked with new and existing entrepreneurs to help develop business and marketing plans, primarily for funding purposes. In 2015 Matt made the decision to focus fully on his startups. click2order.ca works with independent restaurants to provide branded online ordering systems and digital marketing services. Collegio Technologies provides companies and entrepreneurs professional training in software and digital media. Matt lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 kids.