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The Digital Spectrum
Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2014

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Digital Nova Scotia Sets Benchmark with New Board

On Sept. 29th we announced that 46% of our new Board Directors are women. This is a significant achievement as it more than doubles the National average and goes beyond the 30% target introduced by the Government of Canada in July.

Digital Nova Scotia President and CEO, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, 2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award Recipient

The DNS team and the Board are proud to announce that Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, our President and CEO, has received the prestigious 2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award in the Entrepreneur and Innovator category. Congratulations, Ulrike!

 

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Special Edition DNS Tech Lounge  (Nov. 17th)
We are hosting our popular Tech Lounge in conjunction with Innovacorp’s Student and Start-Up Meet ‘n Greet! We encourage DNS members and industry stakeholders to attend this session, in particular, those who are looking to hire co-op students. Our last Tech Lounge had over 80 attendees, so this aims to be a great networking session! Details available here.

DNS Business 101 (Oct. 28th) –
Carving Out the Express Entry Program: 
Treat yourself to an overview session

Immigration is a very complex topic and often misunderstood. In this Business 101 Session, Mary Jane MacKinnon will provide an overview of the NS Office of Immigration and some of its key initiatives – specifically, Express Entry – Canada’s new economic immigration system coming in January 2015. Register here

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ProductCamp Atlantic, taking place on Oct. 25th, is a one-day, user-driven, collaborative “unconference” for anyone interested in designing, building, launching and marketing great products.

 
Power IT Up: Fostering Female Leadership

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(l-r: Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia – President and CEO, Digital Nova Scotia, and Coleen MacKinnon – Director, Quebec and Atlantic, Catalyst Canada) Ulrike and Coleen pose for a photo during the second session of Power IT Up: Fostering Female Leadership. Participants enjoyed an informative and interactive session on action-oriented tips for career advancement.

 

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DNS Sponsors the NS Digital Bridge Scholarship

DNS is pleased to sponsor and support the new Nova Scotia Digital Bridge Scholarship. This educational initiative, a joint partnership between Junior Achievement Nova Scotia and Torusoft, was launched across the province earlier this month. The Nova Scotia Digital Bridge Scholarship will enable secondary school students to learn computer programming and related skills, through free access to online learning materials and dedicated mentorship.

Call to industry: Equipment Drive for Digital Discovery Camp and NS Tech Kids

Digital Discovery Camp and Nova Scotia Tech Kids are pooling their resources to share laptops between the two programs. How can you help? We’re looking for new-ish laptops to support our coding modules. If you’re interested in donating a laptop, please contact Roman Holz, Strategic Relations Associate, DNS.

womenleadersJoin the conversation with #drivediversIT

The first phase of our 36-month Women Leaders Fueling the Digital Economy project, funded by Status of Women Canada, is well under way! Join DNS in celebrating the success of women leaders who have contributed to the growth of Nova Scotia’s Information Communications and Technology sector. We are proud to launch our social media campaign #drivediversIT in conjunction with the career histories from women leaders in our network. Share their stories and your own: join the conversation with #drivediversIT!

Driving diversity. Accelerating the workforce.

 

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Building Leadership for Business Growth – Our Digital Compass 

Words like fast-paced, innovative, and globally competitive are generally descriptive of our “game-changer” industry. We talk a lot about how our sector is different from others (which I think it is), but I’d also like to take this opportunity to talk more about the leadership skill-sets that are often the differentiator between a company’s success and failure. Leadership requirements are changing rapidly in business, and our sector is no exception. Read the full blog here.