Digital Nova Scotia President and CEO Recognized as “Wavemaker” with National WCT Annual Award


HALIFAX, February 17, 2015 – Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia (DNS), was named today as one of fifteen recipients of the prestigious national Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) Annual Awards. Bahr-Gedalia is joined by fellow Nova Scotia-based business leader, Laurel Broten, and an impressive group of leaders who are being recognized for their significant efforts to advance women’s representation and achievements in Canada’s information, communications, and technology (ICT) sector.

“DNS is proud of Ulrike’s achievements as a leader and role model in our region, and beyond. Not only is she a champion of greater cultural diversity and inclusion in the tech sector, but also a strong advocate for increased gender diversity in our male-dominated sector. She’s been leading the charge with our women in technology focused projects and programs, including our Women Leaders Fueling the Digital Economy project, Power IT Up: Fostering Female Leadership, as well as our Digital Discovery Camp which has seen an increase in the number of girls participating since its inception in March of 2014,” says Bruce MacDougall, Chair, DNS.

“Ulrike has helped DNS achieve greater credibility and visibility with increased funding, high-level projects and programs, and new partnerships to foster our digital economy. She is a genuine leader who strives for transformative results, and that’s exactly why she’s deserving of this Award,” adds MacDougall.

The WCT Annual Awards recognize the leadership and success of women who champion the recruitment and retention efforts of women in ICT. According to Joanne Stanley, Executive Director of WCT, the awards program aims to create a ripple effect, letting the achievements of WCT Award winners roll out to inspire more like them.

“I am honoured and humbled to be awarded in the company of such outstanding leaders. This Award not only represents my efforts, but acknowledges the dedication of my staff, the DNS Board, and DNS members and partners who have been extremely supportive of our initiatives to foster the career advancement of Nova Scotia women in technology,” notes Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO, DNS.

The awards will be presented at WCT’s highly anticipated Annual Awards Ceremony and

Gala at Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier on April 22, 2015.


Recipients of the 2015 WCT Annual Awards include:

Woman of the Year:

Mary Ann Turcke

Group President, Bell Media Sales


Leadership Excellence Awards:

  • Borika Vucinic, Director, TV Engineering and Operations, Bell
  • Clare Beckton, Executive Director, Centre for Women in Politics and PublicLeadership
  • Dervla Kelly, Head of Corporate Communications, Shaw Media
  • Heidi Davidson, Senior Vice President, Blackberry Ltd.
  • Kelly Gillis, Senior Executive Deputy Minister, Industry Canada
  • Laurel Broten, President and CEO, Broten Public Policy International
  • Lisa Lyons, President, Kids Can Press
  • Nikki Moffat, Senior Vice President, Finance, Bell Media
  • Pat DiVittorio, Vice President, Program Planning, Bell Media
  • Robin Hildebrand, Manager, HR & Regulatory, Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
  • Sandra Saric, Vice President, Information and Communications Technology Council
  • Sandy McIntosh, Senior Vice-President and Chief HR Officer, TELUS
  • Trina Alexson, Vice President of Advance Services, Cisco Canada
  • Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO, Digital Nova Scotia (DNS)


For additional information on the 2015 WCT Annual Awards, please visit: https://www.wct-fct.com


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DNS Media Contact:

Emily Boucher

Director, Marketing and Research

Email: emily.boucher@digitalnovascotia.com

Phone: (902) 817-6428