Digital Nova Scotia Leader Recognized with 2nd Consecutive Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award

Digital Nova Scotia’s President and CEO honoured in Toronto with Canada’s most iconic women leaders

HALIFAX, N.S. (November 23, 2016) –– Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is pleased to announce that its President and CEO, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner, marking the second year in a row that she’s won the prestigious, national award.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Ulrike, who will receive the RBC Champions award which recognizes women who are currently making a distinct and describable difference to the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace, will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24.

Ulrike joined DNS as its President and CEO in 2013 and since then has had a profound impact on the sustainability and growth of the industry association for Nova Scotia’s digital technologies sector. Under her leadership, DNS has experienced unprecedented growth in funding, high-level, industry-focused programming, increased membership, and has added significant value and credibility to the organization.

While Ulrike has been at the helm of DNS, the non-profit industry association has increased programming and advocacy to support the needs of Nova Scotia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry. For a sector short on skilled-talent, Ulrike has been a strong proponent for diversity and inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment and innovation. As such, she’s led the charge on a number of impactful programs aimed at attracting and retaining women in Nova Scotia’s ICT sector.

“I’m very honoured to receive this important award from WXN for the second consecutive year. It’s humbling to be recognized in the company of so many other Canadian leaders. This award is continued validation in the value of the work and advocacy I do with both DNS and the broader ICT community, regionally and globally. Whether I’m leading my team to take on a new, impactful project for our members, encouraging youth to consider a career in STEAM, or mentoring a young woman in tech who is looking for employment in Nova Scotia’s ICT sector, I know that my time is well spent because I’m investing it into my community. I don’t think it’s possible to have a better ROI on an investment than one that is focused on empowering others,” says Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia.

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“Women are not just leading companies, headlines and new deals, we’re doing so in record numbers. In addition to closing the gender gap for participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, we’re excelling at the top levels of every sector,” says WXN Owner and CEO, Sherri Stevens. “When WXN created Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, part of the purpose was celebration. By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back and appreciate the hard work and hurdle jumping it took to get here.”

Ulrike joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/.



Winners of the WXN 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (Photo credit: WXN)






About Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (B.A., M.A.), President and CEO for Digital Nova Scotia, is a multilingual (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Hebrew) senior level executive with over 20 years of combined experience in the private and public sectors, and academic institutions. Originally from Germany, her professional and academic career spans five geographic regions – America (North), Africa (South), Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Ulrike is married and has two children, and immigrated from Israel to Nova Scotia in 2002.


About Digital Nova Scotia (DNS)


As the industry association for Nova Scotia’s fastest growing sector, DNS provides advocacy, multi-sectoral industry intelligence, facilitates connections between industry and talent, and delivers high-level programming to ensure Nova Scotia’s $1.5 billion digital technologies industry (which boasts an additional $1 billion in spin-offs) continues to flourish. To foster and support the growth of our members and industry stakeholders, we aim to connect our digital community, share Nova Scotia success stories, and drive our region’s digital economy.


More information and details are available at http://www.digitalnovascotia.com.


About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our global community of more than 22,000 women, men and their organizations. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is led by CEO Sherri Stevens, owner of the award-winning, multi-million dollar Workforce Management Company Stevens Resource Group Inc., which she established in 1990. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.


More information and details are available at www.wxnetwork.com or www.top100women.ca.



For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia or WXN Owner and CEO Sherri Stevens, please contact:


Samantha Detwiler
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 246


Gabi Eliasoph
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 287