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By Carol Moreira

In August, the rise of women into executive roles in the innovation community became a noticeable trend. The Halifax Innovation District also saw developments around the pandemic and senior care, while some startups, including several focused on the environment, continued to thrive during the COVID-19 crisis.

The women rising to prominence include former Emera executive Melanie Nadeau, who has been named CEO of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE). Nadeau will supervise the technology park, which includes the Start-Up Yard facility for innovative new ventures.

“Given that our focus is scaling our user base, one of the most exciting pieces is to work closely with Google teams to develop growth strategies and growth channels,” she said.

Curv Health CEO Shea Balish said the opportunity will improve the team’s healthcare expertise and its machine learning technology.

He said the pandemic has helped create opportunities for Curv as physiotherapy patients who previously visited clinics or hospitals are now looking at Curv’s AI-generated workout plans.

Rivard Dexter said the pandemic has also boosted her sector.

“For education technology generally speaking, COVID was exceptionally helpful. But for us in particular, it’s been even more beneficial for our company. That sounds wrong when you’re talking about a pandemic, but in terms of the growth, it’s been hugely important.”


“Carol Moreira is a Principal of Entrevestor, which provides news and data on Atlantic Canadian startups.”