Digital Nova Scotia Strengthens the Digital Community
With Canada’s highest number of ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) graduates per capita and a thriving startup scene, the small Atlantic province of Nova Scotia is making waves. Technology is changing industries from healthcare to fisheries, and one non-profit organization is helping to strengthen this digital community of entrepreneurs, educators, and businesses.
Led by a modestly sized yet impactful core team, Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is one of the province’s leading technology advocacy organizations. The group drives forward Nova Scotia’s ICT sector through capacity-building, promotion, advocacy, and collaboration, which includes professional development training, networking events, and increasing awareness of the digital industry.
Meeting Industry Needs
Through research initiatives such as roundtable conferences, DNS identifies employers’ specific needs and shares its findings with members and stakeholders. President and CEO Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia elaborated, “Currently, we have a talent shortage. How do we connect industry with the future employees that come out of universities or one of our thirteen community colleges? We work together with the government, the Department of Labor and Advanced Education, and post-secondary institutions—and together we develop this industry.”
In addition to conducting business development and sales trainings for professionals, DNS provides digital resources and shares relevant employment opportunities with its members through an online Opportunities Portal.
Digital Nova Scotia also believes in encouraging an interest in technology from an early age. Partnering with youth-driven organizations to engage young people in ICT, DNS partners with the Discovery Centre to offer their own Digital Discovery Camp for budding tech enthusiasts ages 9-14.
Recognizing the importance of diversity in Nova Scotia’s rapidly growing ICT sector, DNS leads several initiatives such as its Digital Diversity Awards, which celebrates gender diversity in a male dominated industry. DNS also collaborates with the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) and Women in Communications and Technology (WCT).
“Diversification in tech is something we are passionate about at DNS. By including more girls and women in ICT and increasing the international talent pool with more ethnic diversity, we believe this will help put Nova Scotia’s ICT sector on the proverbial map,” Bahr-Gedalia concluded.