Thomas Trappenberg

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Thomas Trappenberg
Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia
Assumed office
6 November 2016
Preceded byBrynn Nheiley (Interim)
Personal details
Born1963 [1]
Political party Green Party of Nova Scotia
OccupationProfessor of Computer Science

Thomas Trappenberg is a German-Canadian politician and the leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. [2] He is one of the provincial party's founding members. He previously ran as the Green Party of Canada candidate in the 2011 federal election for Halifax West.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Green Party of Nova Scotia political party

The Green Party of Nova Scotia is a green political party in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It received official party status in the province in April 2006. The party has not won any seats in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.


Early life and education

Born in Germany, Trappenberg received a Master of Science from Aachen University in 1989. [3] He then received a Ph.D from Aachen in 1992.

Master of Science Masters degree awarded for post-graduate study in the sciences, or occasionally social sciences

A Master of Science is a master's degree in the field of science awarded by universities in many countries or a person holding such a degree. In contrast to the Master of Arts degree, the Master of Science degree is typically granted for studies in sciences, engineering and medicine and is usually for programs that are more focused on scientific and mathematical subjects; however, different universities have different conventions and may also offer the degree for fields typically considered within the humanities and social sciences. While it ultimately depends upon the specific program, earning a Master of Science degree typically includes writing a thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy Postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities in many countries

A Doctor of Philosophy is the highest university degree that is conferred after a course of study by universities in most countries. PhDs are awarded for programs across the whole breadth of academic fields. As an earned research degree, those studying for a PhD are usually required to produce original research that expands the boundaries of knowledge, normally in the form of a thesis or dissertation, and defend their work against experts in the field. The completion of a PhD is often a requirement for employment as a university professor, researcher, or scientist in many fields. Individuals who have earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree may, in many jurisdictions, use the title Doctor or, in non-English-speaking countries, variants such as "Dr. phil." with their name, although the proper etiquette associated with this usage may also be subject to the professional ethics of their own scholarly field, culture, or society. Those who teach at universities or work in academic, educational, or research fields are usually addressed by this title "professionally and socially in a salutation or conversation." Alternatively, holders may use post-nominal letters such as "Ph.D.", "PhD", or "DPhil". It is, however, considered incorrect to use both the title and post-nominals at the same time.


Trappenberg is a professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. [4]

Dalhousie University public research university in Nova Scotia, Canada

Dalhousie University is a public research university in Nova Scotia, Canada, with three campuses in Halifax, a fourth in Bible Hill, and medical teaching facilities in Saint John, New Brunswick. Dalhousie offers more than 4,000 courses, and 180 degree programs in twelve undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties. The university is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.

Personal life

He lives in Hatchet Lake with his wife, daughter, and adopted son.

Hatchet Lake, Nova Scotia could be one of the following :

Electoral results

2017 Nova Scotia general election : Clayton Park West
Atlantica Jonathan Dean1541.8%
Liberal Rafah DiCostanzo4,03546.0%
Progressive Conservative Paul Kimball 2,30426.3%
Green Thomas Trappenberg5065.8%
New Democratic Rana Zaman1,76420.1%
Total valid votes8,763100.0%  
Total rejected ballots30
Eligible voters17,712
Halifax Needham by-election August 30, 2016
 New Democratic Party Lisa Roberts 2,51950.97+6.98
 LiberalRod Wilson1,66233.63-6.77
 Progressive ConservativeAndy Arsenault60012.14+1.32
Green Thomas Trappenberg1613.26-1.53
Total valid votes4,942100.00
Total rejected ballots210.42-0.50
Electors on the lists15,270
New Democratic hold Swing +6.87
2015 Canadian federal election : Halifax
Liberal Andy Fillmore 27,43151.73+26.08
New Democratic Megan Leslie 19,16236.13–15.48
Conservative Irvine Carvery4,5648.61–9.41
Green Thomas Trappenberg1,7453.29–1.10
Marxist–Leninist Allan Bezanson1300.25-0.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit53,032100.00 $202,243.99
Total rejected ballots2590.49
Eligible voters71,363
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +20.78
Source: Elections Canada [5] [6]
2013 Nova Scotia general election: Timberlea-Prospect
  Liberal Iain Rankin 4,47151.93+33.78
  New Democratic Party Linda Moxsom-Skinner2,23025.90-44.31
  Progressive Conservative Dr. Bruce Pretty1,60818.86+10.17
Green Thomas Trappenberg3003.50+0.55
2011 Canadian federal election : Halifax West
Liberal Geoff Regan 16,23035.92-5.64$61,795.88
Conservative Bruce Pretty13,78230.50+9.37$51,236.29
New Democratic Gregor Ash13,23929.30-0.30$42,761.72
Green Thomas Trappenberg1,9314.27-2.81$860.31
Total valid votes/Expense limit45,182100.0   $84,619.08
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 239 0.53+0.16
Eligible voters72,862
Liberal hold Swing -7.47
Sources: [7] [8]
2009 Nova Scotia general election: Timberlea-Prospect
  New Democratic Party Bill Estabrooks 617470.21
  Liberal Lisa Mullin159618.15
  Progressive Conservative Gina Byrne7648.69
Green Thomas Trappenberg2592.95
2006 Nova Scotia general election: Timberlea-Prospect
  New Democratic Party Bill Estabrooks 531763.15+3.14
  Progressive Conservative Juanita Cirtwill203424.16+2.09
Liberal Lisa Mullin85110.11-11.63
Green Thomas Trappenberg2172.58
2006 Canadian federal election : Halifax West
Liberal Geoff Regan 21,81849.36+1.86$54,533.58
New Democratic Alan Hill10,79824.43-3.52$15,656.30
Conservative Rakesh Khosla10,18423.04+2.10$46,536.45
Green Thomas Trappenberg1,4063.18-0.43$642.68
Total valid votes/Expense limit44,206100.0   $75,552
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots1470.33-0.02
Eligible voters70,349
Liberal hold Swing +2.69

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