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    • 01 Jun 2021
    • 9:30 AM (ADT)
    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 11:30 AM (ADT)

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training

    Hosted by William Pispico, DevOps/Vloud Engineer at Proposify

    Dates: June 1st - July 13th

    Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am -11:30 am 

    Where: Online, Zoom

    The retail cost of this program is $1,500 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 


    Training Program Description:

    With the advance of technology and the need for businesses to adapt quickly to changing market conditions, cloud computing is one of the most in-demand skills for IT professionals. Businesses that embrace and adopt cloud platforms such as AWS can respond to change faster and more efficiently. Cloud platforms enable them to build and deploy scalable and cost effective solutions in a shorter period of time compared to traditional self-owned and self-managed hardware.

    This Amazon Web Services (AWS) training program is divided into 11 remote sessions, each with a duration of 2 hours. The sessions will be delivered weekly over the course of 6 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. The objective of this training is to provide a strong base of knowledge about the core AWS services, learning how each service interconnects with other services in the AWS Cloud ecosystem. All sessions are 100% hands- on, enabling students to learn how to provision required resources to build a high availability infrastructure. Students in this training will have the hands-on opportunity to build a productive topology to host a fault tolerant website.

    One of the greatest advantages of cloud computing platforms such as AWS is reducing the total cost of ownership for IT resources. This training program will guide students on the best practices for building, deploying and scaling the core AWS services.


    Course Schedule:

    1. Identity Access Management - IAM

    2. Elastic Compute Cloud - EC2

    3. AWS Billing

    4. AWS CloudWatch

    5. Relational Database Service - RDS

    6. Virtual Private Cloud - VPC

    7. Route53

    8. SNS

    9. SQS

    10. Lambda - Serverless

    11. Building a HA website


    Program Outcomes:

    Students will learn how AWS services are billed and their associated costs

    Participants will learn the basics of the core AWS services and how to build cost effective, performant and scalable infrastructure and applications

    Students will have the support of an AWS certified professional, students will learn and practice custom built labs in a hands-on environment


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    • 30 Jun 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (ADT)
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    With so many new solutions on the market, it’s no wonder companies have a hard time identifying and selecting the right project and portfolio management tool for their businesses and their teams.

    Join Cynthia Giles, CEO of Capstone Project Solutions, as she describes the categories of technical solutions and highlights the benefits and challenges of each. Cynthia will discuss tips and recommended best practices for selecting the right project management tool for your business and she’ll outline the benefits of PM Broker that can make the job so much easier.

    About Cynthia Giles

    Operational maverick, top level consensus broker and change agent. Recognized as a highly energetic and effectual leader with 20+ years leading business process improvements and managing projects across industry types. Collaborative communication style complementing savvy negotiation skills and a natural ability to strategically engage stakeholders at every level of the organization and at each step of the project. Collaborates closely with finance, operations and corporate services, building strong cross-functional teams and effective implementation. Credited with leading projects of all sizes totaling over $234M in value.

    • 14 Jul 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ADT)
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    When Plan A doesn’t go the way it was intended, it is important to have a Plan B and C but why is it necessary to have plans in place for when things go wrong? Join Digital Nova Scotia and Marc Charbonneau of dlP Business Consulting to learn about Risk Management in the tech sector.

    In this webinar you will learn;

    • How risks are a result of ambiguity and uncertainty, and how these can be grouped as known-knowns, known-unknowns, unknown-unknowns and how these each fit into estimates, risk budgets, management reserve, and how these affect margin and price.
    • How to identify and assess risks including prioritizing and quantifying them.
    • Strategies to deal with risks and how to report progress on the effectiveness of those strategies.
    • How inaction can leave quite a bit of risk exposure near the end of a project when your resources have mostly been expended, whereas taking action early on will lead to greater success.

    About Marc Charbonneau

    Marc is an entrepreneurial business consultant with over 20 years of experience, specializing in strategic planning, business development, and project management. He is a graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Computer Engineering. Marc served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer. Upon retirement from the RCN, Marc transitioned to the private sector. He has held progressive leadership positions at Lockheed Martin Canada, Bluedrop Training & Simulation, Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems, Irving Shipbuilding and the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security. Marc is an engaging presenter who likes to weave pertinent examples pulled from his personal and professional experiences, and he encourages meaningful exchanges amongst participants to further reinforce the lesson at hand.

    • 07 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM (ADT)
    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 11:00 AM (ADT)

    React Bootcamp

    Hosted by Rob Myers of Collegio

    Dates: Sept 8th - Sept 23rd

    Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am-11am

    Where: Online, Zoom

    The retail cost of this program is $2,450 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 

    Course Description:

    Master leading-edge skills in web development with a React Bootcamp designed for developers by developers. Combining theory and application, participants will gain the core knowledge required to understand the React framework and begin building and testing their own robust web apps in React.

    Initially developed by Facebook, React is a JavaScript framework used in many large-scale businesses around the World including Netflix, Airbnb and Uber. A front-runner amongst frameworks, React provides libraries to create feature-rich applications in the fields of web development, mobile application development, and virtual reality. Considered a user-interface framework, React allows users to code complex front-end applications with minimal resource allocation and easy scaling, and unlike most other JavaScript frameworks, React is built to encourage best practices in coding like code reuse and data abstraction.

    This is a hands-on, fully virtual learning program that uses an established boot camp model to provide high-end coding skills for beginner to intermediate developers.

    In 6 sessions over 3-weeks, this course will cover:

    • How to build, maintain and launch real-world web applications.
    • Understanding the React framework and how to set up the proper environment for coding.
    • Component Events and Attributes.
    • Routing with React-router.
    • Sharing state and data with Redux.
    • Accessing third-party components and APIs.

    This course is designed for:

    • Junior to advanced web developers (knowledge of JavaScript and ES6).
    • Front-end developers looking to upgrade their skills.
    • Developers who are deciding which framework to use for coding an interface.

    Online Course Schedule:

    Tuesday, Sep 7th 

    Module 1: React Introduction & Setting Up Your Environment

    Thursday, Sep 9th

    Module 2: React Components and Basics

    Tuesday, Sep 14th 

    Module 3: Component Events and Attributes

    Thursday, Sep 16th

    Module 4: Routing with React-router

    Tuesday, Sep 21

    Module 5: Sharing state and data with Redux

    Thursday, Sep 23rd

    Module 6: Accessing third-party components and APIs

    Video Lessons (Self-Directed Study)

    In addition to video lessons for all of the above modules, we also supply video lessons for the following:

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Webpack
    • Lesson 2: Styling React
    • Lesson 3: Redux
    • Lesson 4: Testing and Troubleshooting your App
    • Lesson 5: Introduction to ES6
    • Live Streaming: Deploying your App for the World to See

    About the Instructor:

    Robert Myers - Lead Instructor & Co-founder, Collegio Technologies Inc.

    Rob has over 17 years of web development experience and a Bachelor of Computer Science from Dalhousie University. He has worked in several startup environments, requiring a high level of complex problem solving and adaptation to new technologies and programming languages. Rob has also taught coding as the Program Manager for the UIT Startup Immersion program, developing and delivering course content to new and intermediate developers, many of whom have gone on to work in the tech sector.


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    • 28 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM (ADT)
    • 07 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM (ADT)

    AI and the Future of Work

    Hosted by Ramy Nassar of 1000 Days Out

    Dates: September 28th - October 7th

    Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 am -11 am

    The retail cost of this program is $1,500 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 

    Course Description:

    This highly interactive and engaging online workshop series will introduce participants to how AI, machine learning and system automation are changing the workforce and hiring landscapes. The session will go beyond theory, helping participants to build a robust framework and toolkit that will help inform and influence organizational strategies around the future of work.

    This workshop will challenge participants to apply what they learn to their teams/organization. Using a range of modern tools (virtual breakout group discussions, shared interactive whiteboards, and group polling/voting mechanics), these sessions will create engagement and offer participants valuable peer-to-peer network building opportunities over the span of 6 weeks.


    This 2 week course will cover:

    • Introduction to AI, machine learning, and automation
    • How emerging technologies are shaping the future of work
    • How AI has already disrupted talent, hiring and overall workforce strategies
    • Uncovering the most common challenges and reframing as opportunities
    • Building a robust future-of-work strategy
    • Bringing AI and machine learning into the talent and hiring process
    • How to work with third-party vendors & partners as it relates to AI, machine learning and automation platforms that impact talent and hiring (e.g. “smart” candidate screening tools)

    This course is designed for:

    This session is suitable for employees of small-medium businesses, enterprise, and government organizations that are examining how AI and automation will impact their medium- and long-term talent strategies.

    Online Course Schedule:

    This course will consist of four workshops in weeks 1 and 2, and peer-to-peer sessions scheduled after the workshops. The workshops will take 2 hours each  and will include group breakout sessions & exercises to complete. The 2 Peer-to-peer Community of Practice Sessions will take 90 minutes each and be scheduled by instructor and students after the first 4 workshops.

    Week 1

     The first 2 workshops will cover:

    • Introduction to AI, machine learning, and automation
    • How emerging technologies are shaping the future of work
    • Peer insight roundtable #1 – challenges and barriers being faced
    • Guest presenter #1 – how AI has already disrupted talent, hiring and overall workforce strategies
    • Uncovering the most common challenges and reframing as opportunities
    • Challenge #1 – introducing the Future of Work Canvas framework/tool

    After the workshop has been completed, participants will be encouraged to build out a Future of Work Canvas and apply it to their own team/organization. This is to ensure that what is being taught can be translated to the participants own work projects. The workshop facilitator will be available to support participants through this process, as required.

    Week 2

    The 3rd and 4th workshops will cover:

    • Building a robust future-of-work strategy
    • Bringing AI and machine learning into the talent and hiring process
    • Guest presenter #2 – example of a scalable and future-proof strategy around AI and automation
    • How to work with third-party vendors & partners as it relates to AI, machine learning and
    • automation platforms that impact talent and hiring (e.g. “smart” candidate screening tools)
    • Challenge #2 – creating organizational support for the strategy and moving towards
    • Implementation

    Week 4 & 6 (scheduled by students and instructor)

    The peer-to-peer Community of Practice sessions will cover:

    • Following the training workshops, participants will be welcome to facilitated peer-to-peer sessions that specifically focus on the challenges faced when going from training to implementation
    • Each session will be based on 3 small-group roundtable discussions based on specific propositions or provocations
    • The objective of these sessions is to mobilize a peer-to-peer support network to help share best practices with respect to overcoming real-world obstacles related to AI, machine learning and automation in the labour force

    About the Instructor:

    Ramy Nassar - President, Co-Founder, 1000 Days Out

    Ramy is a Canadian engineer, designer and author. Ramy leads a digital studio called 1000 Days Out that helps organizations leverage emerging technology to transform customer experiences. With a background in computer engineering and Design Thinking, Ramy has straddled technical, design, and business-oriented roles, for clients including Cadillac Fairview, Apple, Air Canada, Facebook, New Balance, Rogers and CIBC. Ramy is a regular speaker at international events including World Usability Congress, IxDA, FITC, AI Everything, Machine Learning Exchange, AI Business Summit and World Mobile Congress.

    Ramy teaches Design Thinking at McMaster University and in the Master's of Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University. 


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    • 06 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM (ADT)
    • 10 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM (AST)


    Business Analytics for Data Driven Decision Making

    Hosted by Kevin D'Aguiar of Matters of Data

    Dates: October 6th - November 10th

    Time: Wednesdays, 10 am - 12pm 

    Where: Online, Zoom

    The retail cost of this program is $2,450 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 

    Course Description:

    This online program empowers teams and individuals to unlock the power of data to drive their business objectives. No matter where their data maturity lies, the program will enhance their perspective of data by including a well-rounded, yet detailed, overview of data strategy. Through this interactive online training, participants will gain experience through hands-on group and individual activities. Following the group training sessions, one-on-one coaching will be provided to all participants to target their individual needs. Once a foundational understanding of data and analytics has been established, answering data-related questions specific to their business objectives will accelerate the benefits of the program.

    This course will cover:

    • Why Data Matters
    • Data Culture
    • Data Strategy
    • Data philosophy
    • Data Monetization
    • Data Governance and Infrastructure
    • Common Methodology
    • Data Storytelling
    • Ethics in Data

    The program is tailored for:

    ICT sector companies in Nova Scotia, from small and medium businesses to big enterprises.

    Online Course Schedule:

    • Oct 6th | Session 1 | Why Data Matters, Data philosophy
    • Oct 13th | Session 2 | Data Culture, Data Strategy
    • Oct 20th | Session 3 | Data Monetization, Data Governance and Infrastructure
    • Oct 27th | Session 4 | Common Methodology, Data Storytelling, Ethics in Data
    • TBD | 1-1 Sessions | Booked 1-2 weeks after the final session.

    About the Instructor:

    Kevin D’Aguiar – Principal Consultant / Owner at Matters of Data

    With over 21 years of experience as an Analytics professional, Kevin runs his own analytics consulting and training service, Matters of Data. He has a passion for translating data into meaningful insights and recommendations that drive business decisions. Kevin has worked with clients spanning multiple industries, including Finance, Travel and Tourism, Tele-Communication, and Retail Loyalty. While staying connected with the technical aspects of data, Kevin focused his career on the analytics soft skills that are needed to drive business growth. Technology comes and goes, but the underlying principles of using data the right way are universal.


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    • 02 Nov 2021
    • 1:00 PM (ADT)
    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 3:00 PM (AST)


    Cybersecurity Essentials for Business Leaders

    Hosted by Justin Gratto, Darren Gallop & Russell Radzikowski of Securicy Data Solutions Inc.

    Dates: November 2nd - December 14th

    Time: Tuesdays, 1-3pm 

    Where: Online, Zoom

    The retail cost of this program is $2,450 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 

    Course Description:

    This course will empower managers or executives, regardless of technical skills, to implement and manage an internal cybersecurity program at their own company. This program will enable them to safeguard themselves and their customers from the leading causes of cyberattacks and data breaches.

    Participants will learn the basics about protecting their company from ransomware, cyberattacks, email phishing, and other modern threats primarily using the budget and resources they have on hand. Business leaders will get steps to cultivate a security culture at their company, become an advocate for security awareness, and implement critical information security policies and procedures.

    Participants will be provided with free resources, including templates, agendas, policy examples, tabletop simulations, and lists of recommended free or affordable tools for building their security program. This course consists of eight 2 hour sessions and two 1 hour one-on-one sessions.

    This course will cover:

    • Introduction to Cybersecurity Threats, Concepts, and Terminology
    • How security Takes a Team
    • Knowing Your Risks
    • Building Your Security Program Foundation
    • Making an Actionable Implementation Plan
    • Responding to Cyberattacks and Security Incidents
    • Evolving Privacy Regulations and Compliance Requirements

    This course is designed for:

    Instances of cybercrime and human error leading to data breaches or serious business disruptions are a growing threat to businesses of all sizes, and in all industries. For Digital enterprises for whom make their entire living via online business channels, especially ones that do not have in-house cybersecurity experts, training can help fill this critical skill gap are especially venerable.

    Course Schedule:

    • Nov 2nd: Introduction to Cybersecurity Threats, Concepts, and Terminology
    • Nov 9th: Security Takes a Team
    • Nov 16th: Know Your Risks
    • Nov 23rd: Protecting Your Business
    • Nov 30th: Building Your Security Program Foundation
    • Dec 7th: Making an Actionable Implementation Plan
    • Dec 14th: Responding to Cyberattacks and Security Incidents

    * 1-1 sessions scheduled by students and instructor 

    About the Instructors:

    Justin Gratto, CISSP - Senior Director of Product at Securicy (primary instructor)

    Justin Gratto is a Canadian Army veteran, experienced information security professional, and the Senior Director of Product at Securicy. Justin is accountable for product ownership at Securicy, a SaaS platform that assists businesses through creating, implementing, and managing their information security and privacy compliance program. He leads the customer success team, coordinates advisory service delivery, and holds the responsibility of Security and Privacy Officer at Securicy. He is from Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Darren Gallop, CISSP - CEO and Co-founder of Securicy

    Darren Gallop is a tech entrepreneur, information security expert, Techstars alumni, board member, and the CEO of Security. He co-founded Securicy and led the team to develop a SaaS product that guides businesses through creating, implementing, and managing their information security and privacy compliance program. Gallop previously co-founded Marcato and was CEO there for 10 years, until the a successful event management software company was acquired by Patron Technology. He is from Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Russell Radzikowski - Customer Success Manager

    Russell is a customer success leader with over seven years of experience in the implementation of networks, software, and database systems that process and store personal and confidential information. He has also worked in a wide range of technology environments including educational institutions, public infrastructure organizations, and startups. His diverse experience and skills enable him to deliver maximum value to customers.


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    • 05 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM (AST)
    • 23 Feb 2022
    • 3:00 PM (AST)


    Scrum Workshop Program

    Hosted by Brenda Fay & Andrew Mitchell of BrenDaniel Productions

    Dates: January 5th - February 23rd, 2022

    Times: Wednesdays, 1 pm - 3 pm  

    This program is valued at $1,800 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 


    Course Description:

    Scrum is widely used in technology projects, especially those that have a software development aspect. This program gives tech organizations an opportunity to learn the mechanics of Scrum concepts and how to apply them in a practical setting.

    Scrum team members will be able to learn how to optimize their collaborative work and product delivery methods in this hand-on, virtual workshop. This program will take 24 hours to complete, in which participants will have worked through all aspects of a Scrum project, from vision to iterative delivery. Each  session will include a discussion segment to gain a more in depth understanding of Scrum and the participants will be placed in small groups for exercises that will give them hands-on experience with Scrum.

    This course will teach participants how to use Scrum for a project and product delivery, which will improve an organization's customer satisfaction, product delivery and team morale. With Scrum, teams can respond quickly to changes without hassles in

    traditional project change management


    This 8 day course will cover:

    • The Scrum framework and its importance and use for organizations and teams in product delivery
    • How the product is initially defined, creating a Product Backlog
    • Team roles
    • Looking at various methods to identify the complexity of the work.
    • Prioritizing the work to be done as a team.
    • How to plan a sprint

    This course is designed for:

    Scrum team members who wish to improve and optimize their Scrum projects


    Course Schedule:

    Date | Course Session # | Session Description

    Jan 5

     

    Course Overview - The Scrum framework and its importance and use for organizations and teams in product delivery. Course layout. Creating a Product Backlog. Throughout the course, we will be using a kitchen renovation as our product, and teams will be working together in small groups.

    Jan 12

     

    Sprint Backlog

    Jan 19

     

    Team Roles

    Jan 26

     

    User Stories

    Feb 2

     

    Determining the work complexity.

    Feb 9

     

    Prioritizing the work.

    Feb 16

     

    Planning the Sprint. Using a task board. Mock Sprint.

    Feb 23

     

    Sprint Review and Retrospective. Planning the next Sprint. Course wrap-up.


    About the Instructors:

    Brenda Fay, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM

    Brenda assists individuals and organizations in bettering their projects and has been delighted to do so

    for over twenty years. She is a passionate agilist whose certifications include the PMP, PMI-ACP and CSM (Certified Scrum Master). She is the President and Co-owner of BrenDaniel Productions Corp. Her company provides workshops

    and consulting support worldwide, and has guided organizations in Canada, China, the United States,

    Germany, Switzerland, Africa and more.


    Andrew J. Mitchell, Scrum Master & Agile Coach

    Andrew is a Scrum Master and Agile Coach who believes Scrum is the best way to engage teams, solve

    complex problems and rapidly deliver value to stakeholders. Andrew wants people to be excited to go

    to work and be part of great teams with servant leaders who genuinely care for their people. He believes that

    Scrum is the best vehicle to achieve that goal.


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