NS: Digital NS receives funding to help attract women to technology sector

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Nova Scotia politician and federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the three-year funding deal will help advance women in a sector where they are underrepresented.

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[HALIFAX, NS] - The federal government, through the Status of Women Canada, is giving Digital Nova Scotia $298,622 toward a program aimed at attracting women to the province's technology sector.

Minister Peter MacKay, M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, says the three-year funding deal will help advance women in a sector where they are underrepresented.

Digital Nova Scotia president Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia says she will reach out to technology companies to encourage them to adopt best practices that include women in senior management roles. The organization and its partner companies will identify role models in senior management positions and create an inventory of successful career profiles and management best practices that are supportive of women’s leadership advancement. Gender-based business supports will also be delivered such as succession planning, workshops, and training for managers.

"Our Government is dedicated to Canada’s economic growth and focused on helping more women succeed all across Canada, including right here in Nova Scotia. The more we break down barriers and support women in pursuing a wide variety of career options, the stronger Canada will be," stated MacKay.

The project intends to proceed in three phases including a reflection on past female leader success stories, development and delivery of business support services, and the introduction of a digital awards program for Nova Scotia businesses in the sector.

With files from The Canadian Press

Organizations: Nova Scotia organization, Digital Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Ottawa

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