Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (B.A., M.A.) is the President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia (DNS), the industry association for Nova Scotia’s digital technologies sector. Under Ulrike’s leadership DNS has reached new heights with unprecedented growth, increased visibility and achieved sustainability.
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, youth and immigrants in Nova Scotia’s ICT sector.
Ulrike is a multilingual senior level executive with over 20 years of combined experience in the private, public and academic sectors. Her career spans five geographic regions: North America, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Thriving on new challenges, Ulrike is proven in International Marketing, Business and Economic Development, Channel Management, Government/Stakeholder Relations, Board Governance, Fundraising, Organizational Growth and Public Speaking. She is a true game-changer. Having lived, worked and studied in the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel and now Canada, Ulrike has combined her passion for inclusive diversity, entrepreneurship, innovation, new technologies and STEAM-education with her keen ambition to help individuals and businesses succeed in local and global markets.
Ulrike has worked in executive leadership roles at the headquarters of prominent technology multinationals, SMEs and Startups, including Intel, Compaq/HP, RAD Data Communications, Madge Networks, McAfee, Commtouch Software, CarteNav and Seaside Wireless. Her diverse sector expertise in software, hardware and networking products in ICT companies, and software development in med-tech, aerospace and defense industries, provides her with first-hand experience and insight into the multi-sectorial facets of the ICT sector and its magnitude of opportunities.
In recognition of her leadership with DNS and her advocacy for diversity and inclusion, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation, Ulrike has received a number of regional and national awards and recognitions, including:
- 2016 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award
- 2015 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award
- 2015 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award
- 2015 Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) Top 15 Leadership Excellence Award: Innovator
- 2015 Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award
- 2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award: Innovator/Entrepreneur
- 2014 Canada’s top 40 Change-Makers by Canadian Living
- Mannesmann Teaching Award (USA) and Fulbright Scholarship (USA) while pursuing her M.A.
Ulrike is an elected member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and sits on Industry Advisory Boards with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Computer Science, Saint Mary's University's M.Sc. in Computing & Data Analytics, and the Saint Mary's University Sobey School of Business. She is also a mentor with FUSION Halifax, and a member of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce task force "Grow and Nurture the Skilled Workforce".
Amongst all of her achievements, Ulrike is most proud of her family. Married with a son and a daughter, she moved from Israel to Nova Scotia in 2002, and very much enjoys Canadian life.
Ulrike’s favourite quote and own mantra: "The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before." - Albert Einstein