• The Innovation Equity Tax Credit November 7, 2018

    We are looking to help advise the province on the Nova Scotia New Innovation Equity Tax Credit.

    Funding is crucial to technology companies and the paper Modernizing EQUITY TAX CREDITS in Atlantic Canada and Stimulating Innovative Companies is a one area where we can increase the discussion on how this can be enhanced.  The paper was developed by James Curry, CA CPA , with contributions and edits from Sean Sears, CEO , Ogden Pond, Scott Moffitt, Managing Director BioNova and Keith MacIntyre, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton.

    What is the Innovation Equity Tax Credit? Beginning January 1, 2019, a new Innovation Equity Tax Credit will be introduced. Under the current equity tax credit program, those who are considered to be eligible investors may qualify for a personal tax credit equal to 35% of their investment, to a maximum credit amount of $17,500.

    Budget 2018 does not contain any details relating to the new Innovation Equity Tax Credit, but notes that the new credit will be structured with a more narrow focus and contain a threshold that is consistent with similar programs in other provinces. The existing Equity Tax Credit will be phased out over time. (more…)

  • SEO is Like a Garden October 29, 2018

    This week, Michael MacMillan, of SEO Brunch, hosted our October #Info4Impact with over 20 of our members. Michael is an independent SEO consultant who has been working in SEO roles since 2009 and his passion for this topic is unmatched. After an hour of useful tips, tricks and knowledge sharing, we just couldn’t resist sharing what we learned.

    To Michael, SEO is like a garden – in order to make it grow, you need to put in a lot of upfront elbow grease. Building the garden beds, preparing the soil and planting your seeds all take time, but once all that work is done you can’t just walk away. SEO takes a lot of work to get going, but like a garden, once you’ve got your bed planted it still takes maintenance and continuous care.


  • Federal, provincial, territorial ministers agree to the principles of a Canadian broadband strategy that will improve access to high speed internet for all Canadians October 26, 2018

    Better access to high speed internet will improve competitiveness and address digital divide

    October 26, 2018 — Vancouver, British Columbia

    Today, federal, provincial and territorial ministers for innovation and economic development agreed to making broadband a priority and to develop a long-term strategy to improve access to high-speed Internet services for all Canadians. The commitment to a strategy is the latest outcome of this intergovernmental table focused on driving growth and job creation through innovation.


  • Welcome to Digital Nova Scotia, Angie! October 25, 2018

    Today, we welcomed our new Office Manager to the DNS Team! Angie is a bright, cheery and enthusiastic professional, and we’re thrilled to have her as part of our organization! Find out a little more about Angie below, and drop her a line anytime to touch base.

    You’re bringing with you a ton of experience from both here in Nova Scotia and away! Tell us a little about yourself.
    I’m originally from Nova Scotia and have been working in professional office positions for 15 years. I completed my BSc degree at Mount Saint Vincent University, and then immediately jumped into the non-profit world. For my first job, I worked with Easter Seals Nova Scotia and then moved out west to work as a Fund Development Officer for non-profit organizations in Alberta.  Having relocated back to Nova Scotia just this year, I’m thrilled to be home, along with my four-legged friends, Teddy the dog, and cats Pickles and Weeble.


  • New Statistics Canada Report on the Impact of Cybercrime on Canadian Businesses October 24, 2018

    Statistics Canada have officially release results from its first ever Canadian Survey of Cyber Security and Cybercrime (2017). While Canadian businesses continue to rapidly embrace digital technologies, organizations and government agencies have lacked the relevant information needed to make evidence-based decisions on programs and policies concerning cyber security and cybercrime. (more…)

  • Canadian mission to Web Summit October 19, 2018

    The Trade Commissioner Service, along with several provincial and municipal governments, will once again be collaborating on a Canadian mission to Web Summit, the largest tech event in the world, in Lisbon, November 5-8.

    For those of you that will be attending (as well as for those who are considering it), check out the mission agenda, which outlines the Canadian programming that will be taking place during the course of the event.

    This year’s Canadian delegation will be the largest to date and Trade Commissioners from all over the world will be in attendance to meet with these Canadian companies and assist them in tapping into new markets, connecting with investors, and providing business development services. (more…)

  • The Government of Canada announces the launch of TechWomen Canada 3.0! October 15, 2018

    November 1 & 2, 2018

    TechWomen Canada Los Angeles Program was first launched in 2016, and is now its in 3rd iteration! It is a one-of-a-kind experience for Canadian women entrepreneurs seeking exposure to the dynamic business culture of Southern California to fast-track their international business expansion. The 2-day program is comprised of thought leadership and panel discussions from industry experts, one-on-one mentoring by accomplished executives, networking opportunities with investors and corporate players and B2B meetings with targeted buyers. This year they have also partnered with The Wrap’s Power Women Summit, providing this year’s cohort with access to Summit’s programming, including keynote speakers and mentorship sessions from female leadership across the entertainment and tech sectors, as well as networking with the 1000+ attendees of the conference.


  • Global trade events in the ICT sector October 5, 2018

    Trade events and missions are great ways to meet new contacts, gain market intelligence and increase visibility for your product or service.

    Follow the links below to contact the Trade Commissioner(s) responsible for each event that will help you discover opportunities in their markets and connect you with potential partners, buyers and investors; and acquire more info on the events and activities organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) including B2B meetings, networking events, seminars and more!


  • 10 Easy Steps To Improve Your Cyber Security October 4, 2018

    In today’s digital world, keeping your data secure is more important than ever – so this week DNS Member, Network Test Labs, joined us in covering an introduction to Cyber security with some of our members.

    What was the first point we learned? Staying safe online can be a full-time job, but you can take some simple steps to protect yourself and your company. Technology is everywhere – it operates our home appliances, locks, and vehicles – not to mention that over 76% of Canadians own a smartphone and according to CIRA, 90% of Canadians use the Internet. Here’s another interesting fact, did you know that 68% of adults sleep with their phone near their bed? Technology is always with us, and it’s more important than ever to understand how to keep your data safe. (more…)

  • Digital Nova Scotia and Ignite Labs Announce New Partnership Agreement September 26, 2018

    NOVA SCOTIA (September 26, 2018) – Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) and Ignite Labs are pleased to announce a partnership agreement, which will see the two non-profit organizations collaborate to identify, create and deliver more opportunities for entrepreneurs, small businesses and growing businesses in Nova Scotia’s tech sector.

    ”As Ignite Labs grows and engages with entrepreneurs and the community, it is important to have great relationships with organizations like Digital Nova Scotia.  Collaborating with Digital Nova Scotia and their team allows Ignite to bring valuable programming and speakers to this region of Nova Scotia and really connect with entrepreneurs from around the province.  We are very excited to work with this outstanding organization” says Doug Jones, Founder/Executive Director, Ignite Labs

    With a goal to develop capacity and increase digital skills within the Southwestern region of Nova Scotia, the two organizations will work together to create relevant and timely opportunities to advance the province’s digital technologies sector.