Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, MA, BA

Senior Director, Digital Economy, Technology and Innovation

With a career spanning five geographic regions, Ulrike is a multilingual, award-winning innovator, entrepreneur and technology business executive with over 20 years in the private, public, non-profit and academic sectors. In her current role with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Ulrike leads federal policy files on digital infrastructure, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, intellectual property and privacy and data protection.

Ulrike spearheads the Canadian Chamber’s Cyber.Right.Now. campaign, an inaugural concerted effort, led by the Canadian Chamber and supported by a broad range of 30 leading cyber and tech organizations of all sizes from across Canada. Together they are set to raise awareness and propose solutions to government to empower Canada to lead the global cybersecurity future.

A life-long advocate for EDI and careers in STEAM, Ulrike is a member of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence Public Awareness Working Group, an Advisory Board Member for the Women in Tech Global Movement – Canadian Chapter and HER Digital Academy and a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Ambassador.

Originally from Germany, Ulrike has worked in executive leadership roles at the headquarters of prominent technology MNCs, SMEs and start-ups, including Intel, Compaq (Hewlett Packard), McAfee, Madge Networks, Commtouch (CYREN), Nipendo, CarteNav and Seaside Wireless. With a passion for languages, different cultures and teaching, which earned her the Mannesmann Teaching Award, Ulrike was also a lecturer at the University of Houston and Mount Saint Vincent University. In addition, Ulrike led ocean tech and tidal research projects, rural broadband initiatives, CETA consultations, global priority markets and international commerce/trade initiatives while working for the provincial government, including a provincial Crown Corporation. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber, Ulrike successfully re-established and led a provincial technology non-profit/industry association, Digital Nova Scotia, for over seven years in her role as President and CEO.

Ulrike was honoured with numerous regional and national recognitions, awards and features, including: WXN Top 100 in Canada Hall of Fame, RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant, Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO, WCT Top 15 Leadership Excellence in Canada: Innovator and Progress Women of Excellence: Innovator/Entrepreneur. Ulrike was also highlighted as one of Canada’s Top 40 Change-Makers by Canadian Living Magazine, featured in the Executive Voice Publishing “Best of Canada 150 Anniversary Report” and in 2017 was one of the “Canada 150 Women” best-selling publication of the same name.

Ulrike is married with a son and daughter and moved to Canada from Israel in 2002. Ulrike has called Canada her home ever since and as a self-described “nature nerd”, can be found in the outdoors pretty much every day.