May 19, 2017

Canadian Leadership Celebrated at CATA’s 32nd Annual Innovation Gala

OTTAWA — The 2017 Award Winners were announced the evening of May 17th at a sold out Gala Dinner featuring a keynote address from, Richard, D. McBee President & CEO, Mitel.

In his keynote remarks (slide deck) , Mr. McBee addressed the topic of ” Is Canada Ready to Innovation Shift ? ” and challenged Canadians to ” think big, move fast and start small.” (Live Stream video clip).

The Gala also included special announcements on the lead work CATA is undertaking in the area of public safety and cyber security. Deputy Chief Scott Tod of North Bay Police Service spoke about the CATA/CACP Cybercrime Council and Katherine Thompson, Chair, CATA Cyber Council announced a new project to give Canadian military veterans a second career in cyber security industry.

Following CATA’s passion for digital adoption, the Gala was broadcast livestream and the winners were announced via Twitter and broadcast on key social networks. Innovation Gala delegates were asked to become CNN- like live TV reporters by using social media streams to help tell innovation leadership stories to the world. The CATA outreach is more than one million viewers.

CATA Innovation Awards 2016
Photo credit: Corey Graham

(Front-row left – right): Elizabeth Auceda, Manager Supplier Diversity, Sodexo; Sheryl Steinberg, Vice President, Communications, and member, Diversity & Inclusion task force (for the National Digital Talent Strategy), Klick Inc.; John Reid, President and CEO, CATAAlliance; Patrick Rutledge, Martello Technologies; Victoria Lennox, Co Founder & CEO,
Startup Canada
(Back-row left – right): Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC); Craig Lord, Reporter, Ottawa Business Journal; Sylvain Rollin, President and CEO, ERMS Corporation; Michel Paquet,
CEO, Aetonix; Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada; Dr. Cindy Gordon, Founder and CEO SalesChoice, Inc.; Lauren Hunter,
Head, IN-spire Innovation Hub, Natural Resources Canada; Valerie Thomas, Project Lead, IN-spire Innovation Hub, Natural Resources Canada; James Freeman, CTO and President, New Ventures.

During the Awards Gala, winners were presented with awards in the following areas:

CATA Community Innovation Leadership Award
Winner: Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Telfer School of Management Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology Award
Winner: Bruce Linton, CEO, Martello Technologies

TELUS Outstanding Product Achievement Award for Mobility Health (M-Health) Innovation Excellence in Canada’s Health Care Sector
Winner: Aetonix

ICTC Digital Economy – Strategic People Leadership Award
Winner: Klick Inc.

RBC Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Winner:Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada

EY Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Winner: Dr. Cindy Gordon, Founder and CEO SalesChoice, Inc.

Wilfrid Laurier University Public Sector Leadership Award in Advanced Technology
Winner: IN-spire Innovation Hub Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada

Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation Executive Leadership
Winner: Victoria Lennox, Co Founder & CEO, Startup Canada

Sprott School of Business at Carleton University Outstanding Product Achievement Award
Winners: ERMS Corporation, Zedi Inc.

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Suppliers Council (CAMSC) Corporate Advocacy Award
Winner: Elizabeth Auceda, Manager Supplier Diversity, Sodexo

Motorola Solutions Award for Public Safety Technology
Winner: Calgary Police Service

CATAAlliance Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting Award
Winner: Craig Lord, Reporter, Ottawa Business Journal

The 32nd Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala was supported this year by the following sponsors: