South Shore—St. Margarets

Dr. Thomas Trappenberg lived in Halifax and Upper Tantallon before moving with his wife and two children to Hatchet Lake in 2002. A professor of computer science at Dalhousie University, he holds a PhD in Physics and has held research positions in Canada, Japan, and Oxford, England. His main research areas are computational neuroscience, machine learning and robotics. 

Thomas is the author of a well-known textbook on computational neuroscience published by Oxford University Press, and has been on the executive of the Dalhousie Faculty Association. Additionally, he co-founded Nexus Robotics, with whom he won a weeding robot competition in the US in 2018. He is currently working on applying AI to a number of other areas in the food industry and in medical applications.

Thomas has a long history with the Green Party. He served as inaugural president of two federal electoral district associations (Halifax and Halifax West), supported Elizabeth May in her leadership bid for the Green Party of Canada, represented Nova Scotia on council of the Federal Party in 2007 and 2008, co-organized the founding of the Green Party of Nova Scotia, and ran as a federal and provincial candidate in multiple elections. Since 2016, Thomas has served as the leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. 

In addition to his political volunteering, Thomas stays active in the community by teaching karate at the Prospect Road Community Centre. He is also the president of the Halifax-Hakodate Friendship association, which works to build links with our twin-town Hakodate in Japan. His wife was the first exchange student following the twinning. 

Given Thomas’ background in science, he strongly believes that the need for climate action is urgent. He also believes that we are ignoring opportunities for Nova Scotia to develop local, sustainable resources and talents. He is convinced that we can build a vibrant economy, ecology, and society with a sensible and respectful government. Finally, Thomas thinks that the most important issue in this election is to convince people to vote and get involved. Apathy is not the solution to bad government.