With a career spanning five geographic regions, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia is a multilingual, award-winning entrepreneur and innovator with over 20 years of global experience within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. She has held senior executive roles at the headquarters of prominent multinational high-tech corporations, SMEs, and startups, including Intel, Hewlett Packard (Compaq), McAfee, LANNET, RAD Data Communications, Commtouch, CarteNav and Seaside Wireless Communications.
In recognition of her unprecedented leadership with Digital Nova Scotia and lifelong advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusion, Ulrike has received numerous awards and has been regularly featured as an inspiring role model for youth, women, and immigrants in STEAM.
In addition to having been recognized for four consecutive years with the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, and being inducted into the WXN Top 100 Hall of Fame, Ulrike was also honoured with the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, the WCT “Wavemaker” Leadership Excellence Award, the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award, and the Progress Women of Excellence Award. Ulrike was named a Top 40 Change-Maker in Canada by Canadian Living, was highlighted in April 2017 by hEr VOLUTION as 1 of 150 Canadian female leaders in STEAM, and featured in the newly released Canada 150 Women: Conversations With Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries book.
Ulrike was invited to speak in front of a sold-out crowd at TEDxKelowna in June 2017, and was featured in the “Executive Voice Publishing – Best of Canada 150th Anniversary Report” in October 2017. She was also invited to present at the 2018 APEX Symposium in Ottawa on “The Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion: How to make a Real Impact in the Workplace”.
Ulrike is an elected member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), and serves on Industry Advisory Boards with the Dalhousie Faculty of Computer Science and the Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business. Ulrike is also a Board Director with the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) based out of Ottawa, being the first East Coast representative since the Council’s inception in 1992. She also just recently joined the Board of Directors with Skills Canada Nova Scotia (SCNS).
With degrees in Political Science (Germany), Film and Philology (United States), and the humbling support of Fulbright, Ulrike is the true “A” in STEAM. Upon immigrating to Israel in the 90’s, also known as the startup nation, Ulrike transitioned from Film and Philology to Information Technology overnight. She’s never looked back, but still wants to do her Ph.D. one of these days, which she was about to tackle at Rice University (U.S.) prior to moving to Israel.
Married with a son and daughter, Ulrike moved from Israel to Nova Scotia in 2002, and has called Canada her home ever since.