2018 Call for Nominations are now CLOSED for the 3rd Annual Digital Diversity Awards.

The Digital Diversity Awards were initially developed as part of Digital Nova Scotia’s Women Leaders Fueling the Digital Economy project, funded by Status of Women Canada, and have now become a legacy program. The aim of this awards program is to acknowledge and honour both female leadership and diversity champions in the male-dominated ICT sector, while encouraging Nova Scotia’s next generation of women leaders.


Women Leaders in the Digital Economy Award
Nominees must be: women in senior level executive positions (Vice President, President, Executive Directors, and C-suite positions) who have made a significant contribution to Nova Scotia’s ICT sector and are active champions of diversity in their communities or organizations. This award celebrates and highlights the success of a woman in a senior level executive position leading an ICT company, division, or organization. Preference will be given to:

  • Nominees who have not been recognized previously for their work on diversity
  • Nominees whose contributions to diversity are above and beyond their regular job responsibilities.

Power IT Up: Next Generation Leadership Award
Nominees must be: an individual who is employed in Nova Scotia’s ICT sector or an entrepreneur who has established her leadership qualities and is actively growing her career and company. This award celebrates and highlights the efforts and growth of an emerging female leader in the process of advancing her business or career. Preference will be given to:

  • Nominees whose contributions to career advancement/ business growth in the ICT sector are significant
  • Nominees whose contributions to diversity are above and beyond their regular job responsibilities.

Diversity Champion of the Year Award
Nominees must be: a company or organization that actively promotes the importance of increasing the number of women employed in Nova Scotia’s ICT sector. This award celebrates and highlights the efforts of a company, or organization who goes above and beyond to recognize the need for greater gender diversity in our male-dominated sector, such as developing metrics and/or a specific target to promote and retain more women in technology or technology-related positions. Preference will be given to:

  • Nominees who have actively demonstrated their commitment to diversity learning best practices and have proven the implementation, measurement, and impact within their respective organizations to promote women into senior level positions.


The Nomination Process

  1. Complete the online nomination form.
  2. Upload a minimum of one reference letter (a maximum of three will be accepted) demonstrating significant achievements and milestones related to the nominee’s career or business and community support related to gender diversity initiatives.
  3. Upload a bio (500 words or less) and a headshot.
  4. Nominations will be reviewed and chosen by an industry-led Selection Committee.

Call for nominations deadline: March 26, 2018 at 9 p.m. Atlantic time.