Young Business Leader Meetup [Southern] @ Ignite Labs Inc
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Young Business Leader Meetup [Southern] @ Ignite Labs Inc

Join us at Heritage Brewing Co. on Thursday February 20th at 6 pm.This is an event for anyone who is interested in expanding their network and create connections in the Yarmouth area. See you there!

5 Steps to Improve Your Business’s Online Presence [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Join Kim Scaravelli of Trust Communications as she discusses the first 5 steps to building your business’s online presence.

The phone book is dead. In the 21st century, we “search” for things online. When people search, you need your business to show up – and look good! In this lunch ’n’ learn we’re going to nail down the first 5 steps to building your online presence:

1. A customer-centric strategy,

2. A website that works for search engines AND people,

3. A solid Google My Business page,

4. Effective social media, and

5. Ways of measuring your results (What’s working. What isn’t)

This is a foundational look at marketing in 2020. Over the year, Ignite and Digital Nova Scotia will explore each of these 5 steps in greater detail, bringing in subject-matter experts from across the province.

Powered by Digital Nova Scotia in Partnership with IGNITE.


Kim Scaravelli is a digital strategist, content designer, educator and speaker. She is the Owner of Trust Communications Inc. and Managing Partner of The Canadian Diversity Initiative.

Kim works with organizations across Canada. She has designed more than 300 e-learning programs and she provides digital strategy expertise to respected brands like Sport For Life Canada, Heart & Stroke Canada, and PCL Construction, to name a few.

Her mantra is “successful brands think strategically about everything they do online.”

Kim has a deep knowledge of technologies and trends. And she uses that expertise to help her clients grow and prosper. She helps brands build the content, capabilities, and confidence needed to thrive in a digital world.

To learn more about Kim, view her profile on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, or visit the Trust Communications website.

Digital Discovery Camp [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Perfect for budding tech enthusiasts! The Digital Discovery Camp is a day camp for youth ages 8-12 to learn more about digital technology.

Perfect for budding tech enthusiasts!

Digital Discovery Camp is a one-of-a-kind camp experience for youth ages 8-12 to learn more about digital technology and the unique career opportunities that exist in Nova Scotia’s fastest-growing sector. Provided by Digital Nova Scotia and The Discovery Centre, this camp will immerse your tech enthusiasts in hands-on activities and digital exploration. Campers will be encouraged to embrace a spirit of innovation, engaging in robotics, coding, 3D printing and more.

Led by local industry members, campers will have an opportunity to connect with local leading companies, gaining an inside look at the amazing digital technologies industry in Nova Scotia.

Please make sure to send your camper with:

  • Sneakers
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle

*Pizza will be provided for lunch

Additional information

Camper registration forms will be emailed out and must be filled out and submitted to complete registration.

If your child is no longer able to attend camp, please notify us at tristin@igniteatlantic.com so we are able to offer the spot to another child, thank you.


This camp was made possible with support from the Digital Discover Camp’s Epic Gigabyte Sponsor, Redspace and brought to your community by local sponsor, IGNITE.

Ignite Labs Presents : The Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs [Southern] @ Ignite Southern
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ignite Labs Presents : The Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs [Southern] @ Ignite Southern

Welcome to “She Means Business”. This group has been designed and created by women for women. Our mission is to provide female entrepreneurs with the right knowledge and resources to become successful both in their business life and personal life.

Our She Means Business event is back this month on Tuesday February 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm in Yarmouth at 208 Main Street with special guest speakers Julie Mood from Jenesis Interiros , Melanie Sweeney from Tusket Falls Brewing and Danielle Gaudet from Belle Mode Boutique.

Join us as each one of these successful entrepreneurs share some of their secrets on how to become successful, what creates their drive, how they avoid burnout and why they do what they do.

Register now! Seats are limited

Young Business Leaders [Truro] @ The Blunt Bartender
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Young Business Leaders [Truro] @ The Blunt Bartender | Truro | NS | CA
Come network with us and create new connections in the young business leader community of Truro!

Want to create new business connections in Truro? Come network with us on Tuesday, Jan 21 at The Blunt Bartender at 5:30 PM!

We’re partnering with Truro & Colchester Chamber Of Commerce and the Northern Connector Program to host a FREE Young Business Leader meetup. This is for anyone currently studying, working, or interested in gaining connections in the business network of Truro!

Spread the word and bring a friend!

Engineers Nova Scotia Lunch and Learn [Southern] @ Ignite Southern
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Ignite Labs Inc – 208 Main Street, Yarmouth NS B5A 1C7

When: February 28th, 2020 from 12 pm – 2 pm

This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the Engineers Nova Scotia CPD program.

  • You are invited to join Engineers Nova Scotia for a lunch and learn session.  Presentations will include:
  • Engineer Compliant Process and Whistle Blowing – Kris Dove, MBA, FEC, P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer & Treasurer, Engineers Nova Scotia
  • Business for Engineers – Doug Jones, Founder/CEO Ignite Labs Inc.
  • ACWWA Water Supply Guidelines Update – Willard D’Eon, P.Eng.
  • Funding Opportunities for Academia/Industry Partnerships – Dr. Adam Donaldson, P.Eng., Dept of Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie University
IGNITION Antigonish [Northern] @ St. Francis Xavier University
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
IGNITION Antigonish [Northern] @ St. Francis Xavier University | Antigonish | NS | CA
New to the area of Northern NS? Join the conversation around innovation in Antigonish, resources available to newcomers, and networking!

One of the key areas for growth in Nova Scotia is the increase in immigration and newcomers to rural Nova Scotia. Many of these newcomers to Northern Nova Scotia bring with them extensive education, experience, and drive that can help grow the economy of the region.

Ignition is an event that supports newcomers in the region and identifies opportunities and resources to help grow connections and spark entrepreneurial spirit in Antigonish.

In this spirit, IGNITE in partnership with the St Francis Xavier University, Northern Connector Program, and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia are pleased to host this event bringing together newcomers to our region to participate in an innovation-focused event.

The day will be filled with guest speakers about the challenges and opportunities in the community, the resources available, and networking tips to create meaningful relationships.

Following these presentations, the attendees will be posed with an innovation challenge from within their community and given time in groups to come up with a solution. Then, they will present it to the group!

If you are new to the area, are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, or would just like to be part of the event, register today. The event is free and food and beverages will be provided throughout the day.

tech{LAB} Web App Development [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
tech{LAB} Web App Development [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern | Stellarton | NS | CA
Learn the basics of online app development and leave with the beginning of a web app!

Topic: Web App Development

Learn how to develop a browser-based app! Using online software, we will go through the basics of how to go from an idea to a functioning web app that you can refine after the session.

It is ideal to do some background work before attending this workshop. Some questions to ask yourself can be:

  • Why am I creating this app?
  • Do I know what market I am trying to reach?
  • What do I want this app to do at the end of the session?
  • Do I have an idea of what I want the design to look like?

What is tech{LAB}?

tech{LAB} is a FREE workshop that allows participants to get hands-on with new technology! These workshops are for anyone ages 8 and up who have an interest in technology, prototyping, or electronics. Bring a laptop if you have one! These workshops are run on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 3 PM-5 PM.

What Happens at tech{LAB}?

Spend the first half-hour of each workshop going over the technical information on the topic.

Have some snacks while learning the basics.

Take what you’ve just learned and apply it! Whether it’s designing a 3D print, taking photos, working in groups to develop circuits for a Micro-Bit, or creating digital graphics!


IGNITE is co-located within NSCC at 39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton, NS.

Women in Business Roundtable [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Women in Business Roundtable [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern | Stellarton | NS | CA
Join us to discuss the opportunities for women in business and how to stay on the path to success!

We will start the event with checking in on how everyone is doing with their 2020 goals, and any challenges or barriers we’ve come across on the way!

We then go into exploring the opportunities that come from the challenges that women face in business.

These are monthly events that happen on the FIRST Thursday of each month. Join our growing community of businesswomen in Pictou County and create accountability for your goals, draw on the support of one another, and network with us!

Spread the word about our event, and invite some local ladies that would benefit from becoming a part of our growing network!

Hope to see you!


IGNITE is co-located within NSCC at 39 Acadia Ave, Stellarton.

EXPLORE: The Entrepreneur’s Path [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
EXPLORE: The Entrepreneur's Path [Northern] @ IGNITE Northern | Stellarton | NS | CA
Explore the entrepreneur’s path and hear of the challenges and successes of starting and running your own business.

The Entrepreneur’s Path

You will hear first-hand from a local entrepreneur about the challenges, barriers, and opportunities of growing a business in rural Nova Scotia. There are niche markets that exist in our communities and opportunities that do not exist outside of rural Nova Scotia.

What is EXPLORE?

EXPLORE is a series event that discusses a variety of business topics that runs on the second Monday of each month. Throughout the year we will discuss the value of networking, writing a business plan, customer identification, and creating an online presence for new businesses.


IGNITE is co-located within NSCC at 39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton, NS.

Designed To Be Clicked: Effective Website Design with LIVE Site Audits [Southern] @ Ignite Southern
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Designed To Be Clicked: Effective Website Design with LIVE Site Audits [Southern] @ Ignite Southern

If you think having a website is just about looks… it’s time to level up your design thinking! The organization and presentation of your web content needs to convince people to click, buy, or call. A little design knowledge can go a long way to achieve this. Alison K covers the secrets of design principles, typography, website copy and more. All this with helpful before and after case studies to hit points home. PLUS! At the end of the session, participants will have a chance to have their website audited live. Talk about an effective use of your lunch time!


Alison K (Alison Knott) is an international creative tech speaker who is passionate about the intersection of the web, creativity, and business. Drawing from over ten years of experience through consulting and teaching, Alison helps small business owners turn website woes into wins. Audiences of her sessions walk away with the knowledge, direction and confidence to reach their goals. All through humour and a welcomed absence of tech jargon. In addition to public speaking, Alison has held teaching positions at NSCAD University and NSCC IT Campus, mentoring hundreds of students about design and the web.