Computer Science Lecture

Computer Science Invited Lecture

Beyond the Barriers:

Embracing Diversity, Accelerating Innovation

October 29, 2013 1:30 – 3 pm KC Irving Auditorium

  • Did you know that women make-up only 24% of Canada’s tech sector (only 17% are in core technology roles)?
  • 52% of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) quit their jobs within the first 10 years of their career.
  • Between 2011 and 2016, Canadian employers will need to hire some 106,000 ICT workers—more than 17,000 per year - posing a significant recruitment challenge.
  • Canada cuts its scientific and technological population nearly in half because girls are not encouraged to enter the technology sector.
  • How can the tech sector move beyond the “bro-gramming” stereotype and market the versatile sector to women?


Ulrike Bahr-Gadalia is the President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia ( . She is a senior marketing and business development professional with 20 years of combined experience in the private and public sectors and academic institutions. Ulrike has vast experience in International Marketing, Research, Business Development, Channel and Stakeholder Management, with a focus on go-to-market strategies for companies in the ICT/digital sectors, planning to go global. Ulrike has worked at the headquarters of prominent multinationals, SMEs

and start-ups in Israel, the UK, Germany, and Canada, including Intel, Compaq, RAD Data Communications, Madge Networks, McAfee, Commtouch and Seaside Wireless. She has taught at the University of Houston, Texas and Mount Saint Vincent University, and has held positions with ERDT, IGA and Innovacorp. With her diverse experiences in senior international and regional roles, Ulrike has had solid exposure to a wide spectrum of economies, technologies, cultures and governments. 

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