Centre’s Spring Finale to Feature Telelink’s Sydney Ryan and First Digital Diversity Awards
May 31, 2016
HALIFAX, NS – The Centre for Women in Business will wrap up its 2015-2016 year on June 7 with a Spring Finale event unlike any it has hosted to date.
Presented in partnership with Digital Nova Scotia, the industry association for Nova Scotia’s digital technologies industry, the evening celebration will include the first-ever Digital Nova Scotia Digital Diversity Awards honouring female leadership and diversity champions in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
In keeping with the technology theme, the evening will feature a Q&A with Sydney Ryan, co-CEO of the international customer solutions company Telelink.
Based in St. John’s Newfoundland, Telelink was founded by Ryan’s father more than 50 years ago, and has become a recognized leader in critical communications and data management. The company has amassed over 30 awards for excellence and achievement, including the Atlantic Canada EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Innovation in 2014.
The Q&A will be led by Centre member Eleanor Beaton, an award-winning writer and women’s leadership coach who has worked with such leadership icons as Arlene Dickinson, Margaret Trudeau and Annette Verschuren.
The event will draw to a close what has been a game-changing year for the Centre. Last spring, the office relocated to the new and ultra-modern Margaret Norrie McCain Centre at Mount Saint Vincent University, the only university building in the country dedicated to commemorating women in leadership. In August, Diversity Magazine named Executive Director Tanya Priske one of the country’s most influential women in diversity and human resources, and in January, the Centre introduced live distance learning to Women, Business & Breakfast, a monthly series sponsored by TD Bank. For the first time, women business owners in rural Nova Scotia were able to participate without making the trip to Halifax.
Priske said the theme of the Spring Finale encapsulates some of the changes that have unfolded this year.
“We’re looking back on a period of significant growth for the Centre: in the services we provide, in our reach, and in the number of corporate supporters, members and clients who have joined our community,” she said.
“The Spring Finale is a time to reflect on those accomplishments, and having Digital Nova Scotia on board gives us that much more to celebrate.”
Digital Nova Scotia co-presented last year’s Spring Finale, and has collaborated closely with the Centre on a number of projects over the past few years.
For President and CEO and Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, it is a natural fit.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting our first-ever Digital Diversity Awards in the first building at a Canadian university campus dedicated to the achievements of women,” Bahr-Gedalia said.
The Awards program is the final piece of Digital Nova Scotia’s 36-month Women Leaders Fueling the Digital Economy project with Status of Women Canada, and will continue as a stand-alone program in the future.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the achievements of both women and gender diversity champions in our sector, as well as the success of our project to date, than with the Centre for Women in Business,” she said. “It’s a vital resource for female entrepreneurs and leaders in our region, and an economic driver.
That is the power of a diverse workforce. We're proud to be a partner!"
The Centre for Women in Business Spring Finale 2016 will take place on Tuesday, June 7 from 6pm-8pm in the Atrium of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre at MSVU. The cost is $35+HST for members of the Centre and Digital Nova Scotia, and $70+HST for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
About Digital Nova Scotia
Digital Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the ongoing growth and development of Nova Scotia’s digital technologies industry. Engaging both members and stakeholders in the region, Digital Nova Scotia 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 industry (which boasts an additional $1 billion in spin-offs) continues to flourish.
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