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    • 28 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Join Capstone President & CEO Cynthia Giles as she takes us through the key elements required for a successful project.

    Delivering projects is essential to the success of many companies. There are many steps companies can take to deliver projects successfully and on time. Part 2 of the Project Manage like a Pro series deals with executing, monitoring and controlling the project. We will also cover reporting tips, specifics on change and the value of continuous risk workshops rather than just one at the beginning of a new initiative.

    The final Part 3 of the series will focus on transitioning from project state to operational state, closing out the project and releasing the team.


    What are 3-Key Takeaways:  

    • The importance of setting clear project objectives

    • Creating and implementing a comprehensive project plan

    • Effectively communicating project deliverables and activities to the team

    Meet your Presenter


    President & CEO – Capstone Project Solutions Inc. 

     Operational maverick, top level consensus broker and change agent, Cynthia is recognized as a highly energetic and effectual leader with 20+ years driving business process improvements and managing projects across a variety of industry types. Her collaborative communication style complements her savvy negotiation skills and natural ability to strategically engage stakeholders at every level of the organization and at each step of the project. Her ability to collaborate closely with finance, operations, and corporate services to build strong cross-functional teams results in effective project implementations of all sizes totaling over $234M in combined value. 

    A charismatic and inspiring speaker, Cynthia’s expertise and experience always shines through. Her uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s project and business challenges in an undeniably impactful way leaves her audience more confident than ever that they are prepared for the road ahead.  

    • 30 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • BDO Lixar, 6940 Mumford Rd #510, Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
    • 13

    Join Digital Nova Scotia and BDO Lixar on March 30th for our first, FREE in-person Member Mixer of 2023! Come and meet DNS members new and old, we also invite those curious about what it’s like to be a DNS member to attend and learn more!

    Please note, space is limited please register to confirm your attendance


    • 5:00pm Reception: encouraging people to have some snacks and drinks
    • 5:30pm Opening Remarks & Guest Speaker
    • 6:00pm Networking
    • 7:00pm Wind Down: Closing remarks 

    • 11 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    This training session is all about demystifying the topic of bitcoin mining. Beyond a surface level analysis of bitcoin mining lays a plethora of use cases in GridTech. Namely, the ability to balance electricity grids, subsidize energy energy generation costs (reducing costs for the end consumer), and accelerate the rate at which energy grids are decarbonized and transitioned to greener, more sustainable energy sources. Join Keegan Francis as he illuminates the topic of bitcoin mining and expands conceptions of how it can be applied to solve real world energy related problems.

    3 Takeaways

    • Bitcoin Mining can accelerate the rate at which a region adopts green and renewable energy sources
    • Aspects of Bitcoin Mining can be leveraged and reused to reduce waste (i.e. heat)
    • How does bitcoin mining work, and why it is a good thing that it uses the energy that it does
    Keegan Francis is a CoFounder of the Atlantic Blockchain Company and GoFullCrypto, a consultation company that focuses on how to practically apply cryptocurrency to solve real-world problems. The insights gleaned from working in the Bitcoin Mining industry have allowed him to see that bitcoin has a place in decarbonizing the Atlantic Canadian electricity grid and reducing energy costs for consumers.

    • 13 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax
    • 24

    First impressions are important - especially digital ones. Outbound sales development activities like LinkedIn and email messaging can be highly targeted and effective if done well. If done poorly, they can make a bad first impression and lead to rejection and wasted time of valuable sales resources. In this event, we will use real-world examples and some cheeky new ways of thinking about first-touch messages to reframe how to approach outbound efforts and maximize success rates.

    3 Takeaways

    • Learn effective sales outreach practices and techniques
    • Dissect and learn from real world examples of good and bad outreach efforts
    • Leave with new ideas on how to approach this critical revenue generating activity

    Meet Your Presenter...

    Mary Jane (MJ) Leslie is the owner of Chapter 3 Ltd., a consulting company that specializes in helping start-up companies and small businesses overcome obstacles and achieve growth objectives.

    MJ has spent her career working in the start-up world. She initially cut her teeth working for a Nova Scotia based tech-start-up after graduating from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations. That company went on to be the largest healthcare-IT exit in Canada. 

    Prior to founding Chapter 3, MJ held the role of Chief Growth Officer for LifeRaft, a threat intelligence SaaS company. She focused on how to leverage open-source intelligence for security programs from enterprise clients to investigative firms. During her tenure at LifeRaft, MJ was responsible for all aspects of revenue operations, including: Pre and Post-Sales, Customer Support, Client Success, Marketing, Communications, and Shareholder Relations.

    MJ’s career has been specialized in the education and implementation of SaaS-based products and services, targeted in the security, technology, and healthcare industries. With over a decade of experience, and countless lessons learned, she’s excited to work with like-minded folks to help navigate the many obstacles that come with growth.

    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Increasingly costly cyberthreats and ransomware attacks have turned the cyber insurance industry upside down. Insurers are tightening underwriting requirements, increasing the price of premiums, and even dropping coverage altogether for high-risk organizations.In this upcoming session with Christopher Hills, Chief Security Strategist at BeyondTrust, hear how the cyber insurance market is changing, why it is changing, and the new expectations for a company seeking to obtain, or maintain, cyber liability coverage. All attendees will receive the BeyondTrust Cybersecurity Insurance Checklist as a guide in understanding the common requirements for cyber insurance approval.

    3 Key Takeaways

    1. How and why the cyber insurance market is changing

    2. How implementing specific security controls, such as privileged access management (PAM), can help you qualify for coverage and get better rates 

    3. How much cyber insurance coverage should be obtained

    Meet your Presenter...

    Christopher Hills has more than 20 years’ experience as a Technical Director, Senior Solutions Architect, andSecurity Engineer operating in highly sensitive environments. As Chief Security Strategist, he works withCustomer, Marketing, and Executives on Thought Leadership, Market Trends, Company Vision and Strategy reporting to the CSO.

    • 20 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Whether you have had remote employees for years or have moved in that direction post-pandemic, this is a very practical workshop that details key criteria to lead top-performing geographically dispersed teams. 

    This comprehensive session provides a lucid, insightful, and practical approach to transitioning your organization to remote. Or, if you’re already remote or hybrid – we’ll show you how to create a higher-performing workplace – wherever that workplace is.

    This training is tailor-made for business leaders who need real answers and are determined to find the surest route to leveraging remote’s significant advantages.

    Based on Virtira’s Forbes Books best-seller, “The Power of Remote”, and decades of experience, this workshop will give you key strategies to boost productivity, cut costs, improve morale and retention, expand your talent pool, protect your business against disruption, and reduce your company's environmental impact. 

    You’ll leave with a roadmap to achieve these results while also expanding employee engagement, well-being, and trust. 

    What are 3-Key Takeaways:  

    • What are the key strategies to hire, onboard and train remote superstars

    • What every leader needs to understand about building culture remotely

    • How to be a remote manager who promotes autonomous work instead of scrutinized work.

    Meet your presenter..

    Kara Purdy has over 18 years of experience in remote management - spanning coaching, recruiting, training and project management.  With a career including Cisco, Virtira, Coca-Cola Bottling and Staples Direct, she is an experienced manager with a background in improving processes, allocating resources, and establishing productive relationships with key stakeholders. She has demonstrated the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, and a reputation for achieving results in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments.

     In her most recent role as Virtira Academy’s Remote Training Manager, she engages audiences with stories that illustrate Virtira’s decade-long experience creating high-performing remote teams. 

    She has demonstrated success working in the sales software and marketing industry, with a history of managing customer service teams, account management, brand management and negotiation skills.

    She has a keen eye for detail and an ability to work with people from all walks of life.

    • 26 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    With the demand of new talent and immigration rates in Nova Scotia rising, having an intentional hiring strategy that acknowledges and appreciates candidates’ unique backgrounds is essential and contributes to a more diverse workforce in Nova Scotia.

    In this workshop, attendees will explore how to design an effective EDI hiring strategy for their organization that acknowledges and celebrates unique abilities and experiences.  We will  look at the impact of diverse and inclusive teams and discuss proven strategies to target your talent search. Attendees will learn the importance of inclusive policy, engaged leadership, and employee education around EDI. We will also discuss potential community partnerships and available resources depending on your industry and recruitment needs.

    3 key Takeaways:

    • How to design and effective EDI hiring policy/strategy for your organization
    • Recruitment and interview strategies - how to set yourself up for success
    • What happens when you have a diverse and inclusive team? How does it impact your business

    Meet your presenter..

    Sarah Mullins has been a leader in the human resource industry for over 25 years. After a lengthy corporate career working with high growth organizations she launched uptreeHR, a full service HR business partner for small businesses. She and her team educate and support Nova Scotia businesses in their efforts to attract and retain diverse teams as well as manage employee performance, develop inclusive policy, leadership training/coaching and general HR support. While workplace diversity has always been a passion for uptreeHR, it has become essential in today’s competitive labour market.

    • 09 May 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • The PIER (1209 Marginal Road)
    • 29

    Do you find technology to be more of a distraction to your day’s productivity than an asset? If you’re like many knowledge workers, you likely feel that your day is full of meetings and notifications leaving you to do your “real work” in the evenings and weekends. Let’s change that. Braden Newell is a cybersecurity professional who has spent the last two years collecting tips, strategies, and apps to boost productivity. Together we can master how technology can help improve our focus and productivity instead of being a constant distraction. 

    What are 3-Key Takeaways:  

    1. Technology doesn’t have to be a distraction

    2. Technology can help increase your focus and productivity

    3. It’s okay to say no and to find your personal work-life mix

    Meet your presenter...

    Braden Newell is an Apple technologist, cybersecurity professional, and technology educator based out of Nova Scotia, Canada. His life's mission is to make technology easier to understand. He takes pride in taking complex technical topics and translating them into simpler speak. 

    Braden is a Learning Experience Designer at Jamf, an Apple device management and security company, focusing on the organization’s cybersecurity portfolio. Additionally, Braden is the Privacy & Security Lead for Virtual Hallway, a digital health platform improving healthcare by connecting physicians and specialists to lower referral times, helping the company achieve cybersecurity compliance while maintaining user privacy. Braden is also a semi-regular contributor to MobileSyrup, Canada's leading technology and telecommunications publication, covering Apple and consumer technologies.

    Braden graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in computing & information systems. He is now pursuing a Master of Business Administration concentrating in innovation leadership at the University of Fredericton. He holds 20 professional certifications, badges, and certificates from organizations such as Apple, Jamf, and CompTIA, among many others. 

    Braden is a talented facilitator, a passionate public speaker, and an award-winning videographer. He believes technology can improve every element of our lives, including work, school, social, finance, and health. Feel free to connect with Braden on LinkedIn (/bradensupport) or visit his website (

    • 23 May 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    We all wake up with good ideas, but many are not able to make them great, successful and profitable businesses. Get some tips about what are the major challenges that Startups are facing, and learn what it takes to properly manage and scale your business idea. Get tips about what makes a good entrepreneur, and learn about the important elements for a successful pitch to attract investors. Finally, you will learn as well about how to plan for your exit strategy.

    3 Key Takeaways

    1. The traits that a successful entrepreneur should have

    2. How to structure a successful investment pitch

    3. How to plan for your exit strategy

    Meet Your Presenter...

    Marc is an expert in Corporate Strategy, Commercial Operations, Marketing & Sales Strategy coupled with a solid understanding of Corporate Finance, Strategic Investment and Leadership.  As the founder of Strategy Up he is now assisting his clients by providing consulting services in Strategic Planning, Corporate and Commercial Strategy within the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) industry.

    • 09 Jan 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • 25 Jan 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • 12

    Amazon Web Service

    Hosted by William Pispico, Proposify

    Dates: January 9th –25th, 2024

    Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

    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.

    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. This training program will guide students on the best practices for building, deploying and scaling the core AWS services.

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