Diversity champions announced at Nova Scotia’s 3rd Digital Diversity Awards


Award winners from left: Ashley Kielbratowski: Co-Founder & Product Construction, Harbr (Range Champion Award Winner – accepting on behalf of the corporate), Sarah Ryan, Program Director, Sensible Labs (Energy IT Up Award winner), Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President & CEO of Virtual Nova Scotia & Dr. Rita Orji, Laptop Science Professor, College of Laptop Science, Dalhousie College (Girls Leaders Award winner). Photograph from Virtual Nova Scotia.

3 girls in Nova Scotia’s ICT sector walked house with some Tuesday all the way through Digital Nova Scotia’s 3rd Virtual Range Awards in Halifax.

The 3 class winners represented girls in senior degree government positions who, in keeping with Virtual Nova Scotia, “have made a vital contribution to Nova Scotia’s ICT sector and are energetic champions of variety of their communities or organizations.”

“Since 1843 girls have led primary advances in programming and device construction, but as of late girls nonetheless constitute not up to 25 in keeping with cent of the business. Our awards had been established to handle the gender hole, and actively advertise position fashions and champions of variety in our ICT sector,” stated Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, president and CEO of Virtual Nova Scotia, in a commentary.

Girls constitute simply approximately 27 per cent, in keeping with the Canadian Labour Drive Survey in 2016. That quantity has dropped from virtually 30 in keeping with cent in 2011.

The 3 class winners are:

  • Energy IT Up: Subsequent Era Management – Sarah Ryan, program director, Sensible Labs. Ryan has been energetic within the science and era schooling box for greater than 9 years. She has participated in occasions, panel discussions and has been a visitor speaker at meetings and tasks around the province.
  • Girls Leaders within the Virtual Financial system – Dr. Rita Orji, laptop science professor for the college of laptop science at Dalhousie College. Her analysis specializes in investigating how interactive methods can also be designed to lend a hand folks transfer against stepped forward well being and wellness. In 2017, she was once named some of the best 150 Canadian Girls in STEM via the hEr VOLUTION, was once a few of the best 50 Younger Maximum Influential Easiest Brains in Enugu State, Nigeria, and was once invited to talk to the Canadian Parliament and at a United International locations Fee at the State of Girls’s Panel.
  • Range Champion of the Yr – Harbr, a development era startup corporate based totally in Halifax. As a crew, they’ve over 20 years enjoy running with and for basic contractors, and jointly they need to lend a hand force the development business against extra environment friendly and considerate development. Operating inside of two male-dominated industries, development and era, Harbr vocally dedicated to gender parity, and accomplished their function in 2017.

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