Digital Nova Scotia on Thursday presented its Tech Forward Awards to individuals and organizations in eight categories, to recognize innovation, entrepreneurship and diversity in the tech industry.

The IT industry association for Nova Scotia for the past several years has presented awards that recognize not just excellence in the IT sector, but also members of the industry who champion diversity and inclusion.  

The organization held the awards ceremony the night before it received a $343,327 grant from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to launch five new educational programs over two years.

“Digital Nova Scotia is a hub, connecting our digital industry across Nova Scotia to help drive the growth of our sector, and the advancement of our province's digital acceleration,” said CEO Wayne Sumarah in a statement.

“The programs supported through ACOA will allow us to upskill entry-level digital talent, expose youth to careers in technology, drive innovation, and support a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

The five training programs for the tech community will be called Digital Skills for Women, Digital Discovery Camp, Ask an Expert, Digital Skills and Capacity Building and Recognizing Impact in the Tech Sector.

Originally founded in 1989, Digital Nova Scotia offers a slate of training and networking programs for technology sector workers, with the stated goal of “fostering growth in Nova Scotia’s digital economy.”

The winners of the Tech Forward Awards are:

Talent Champion Award


Outshine helps CMOs and marketing teams by providing strategic marketing operations oversight and implementation aimed at driving revenue.

Tech for Good Award

Adaptiiv Medical Technologies Inc

Adaptiiv has developed software and systems that allow boluses – plastic collars that optimize radiation treatment for cancer patients – to be 3D printed quickly and inexpensively at hospitals.

Thinking Forward Award

Dr. Israat Haque 

Haque is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Computer Science, where she leads the Programmable and Intelligent Networking research group.

Provincial Spotlight Award


Lead by Ingrid Deon, word-craft helps its clients improve their social media strategy.

Best in Tech 2022 Award


Rafflebox helps organizations manage online raffles.

One to Watch Award

Saratu Yakubu

Yakubu is a Project Manager at RBC.

Role Model Award Winner

Prag Ravichandran Kamalaveni

Kamalaveni is the Salesforce Practice Lead at CloudKettle and a Salesforce #QuipChampion.

Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

ISANS helps immigrants find their pathway towards building a future in Nova Scotia.