Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia named a WXN 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner 

Digital Nova Scotia’s President and CEO joins community of Canada’s most iconic women leaders

HALIFAX, N.S. (November 25, 2015) –– 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) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

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 category for 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 26.

Ulrike joined DNS as its President and CEO in 2013 and since then has had a profound impact by helping the organization expand its reach and capacity through increased funding, high quality projects and programs, and greater visibility in the community and beyond.

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, Ulrike has strengthened DNS’ commitment to increasing gender diversity within Nova Scotia’s growing digital technologies sector. Under her leadership, DNS has led its Women Leaders Fueling the Digital Economy project and Power IT Up: Fostering Female Leadership. As a champion for diversity in her community, Ulrike also dedicates a significant amount of her time to mentoring young women and immigrants in Nova Scotia, and regularly speaks to audiences on the business case for diversity.

“I’m honoured to receive this important award. When I think of the word powerful, I think of one’s impact to influence positive change and inspire others to do the same. That is powerful. Whether it’s leading by example through consistent acts of courage or the willingness to be an active mentor, sponsor and role model for others. One’s impact to make a difference is real leadership. I strive to do this every day with DNS and personally. I’m truly humbled to be in the company of my fellow award recipients, who each embody what it means to be powerful in their own way,” 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.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

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 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.

About Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, 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. Her professional and academic career spans five geographic regions – America (North), Africa (South), Middle East, Asia, and Europe. 

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 creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. 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 a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. 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 founder Pamela Jeffery, please contact:

Marion Morris
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 260

Alanna Glass
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 219

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