May 15, 2018

Canadian Leadership Celebrated at CATA’s 33rd Annual Innovation Gala

OTTAWA – The 2018 Award Winners were announced the evening of May 15th at a sold out Innovation Gala Dinner featuring a keynote address from, Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Accenture Canada.

In her keynote remarks, Ms Wallis addressed the topic of ” Embracing AI means a boost to business.”

The Gala also included a special briefing from the RCMP on the lead work CATA is undertaking in the area of public safety, cybercrime and cyber security.

Following CATA’s passion for digital adoption, the Gala was broadcast livestream and the winners were announced via Twitter and broadcast simultaneously 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 two million viewers.

CATA Innovation Awards 2016
Photo credit: Corey Graham

( left – right): Eli Fathi, CEO, Mindbridge Ai; Emma Azzi, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa; Rodney MacDonald, Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy, Intuit Inc.; Dr. Suzanne Simpson, Founder and CEO, HRSG; John Reid, President & CEO, CATAAlliance; Nicole Verkindt, Founder and CEO, OMX; Rohit Joshi, CEO, Brightsquid; Jaime Leverton, Vice President & General Manager, Canada & Asia Pacific (APAC), Cogeco Peer 1; Charles Lim, Vice President, Corporate Development, IMAX Corporation; Susan Dineen, CEO, Legacy Next Strategies, Executive Advisor, FOX GROUP; Roberta J. Fox, Founding and Interim CEO & CTO, Crisis Services Canada; David Strucke CEO, Media Sonar; Eric Emin Wood, Associate Editor, IT World

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

TELUS OUTSTANDING PRODUCT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Winners:
Helen Stevenson, Founder, Reformulary Group
Brightsquid Secure Communications Corp.

CATA CEO COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner:
Charles Lim, Vice President, Corporate Development, IMAX Corporation

TELFER SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT PRIVATE SECTOR INNOVATION AND/OR LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AWARD
Winner:
Jaime Leverton, Vice President & General Manager, Canada & Asia Pacific (APAC), Cogeco Peer 1

ICTC AWARD FOR IT STRATEGIC HR MANAGEMENT
Winner:
Intuit Inc.

MAKING THE MOST OF HER MBA AWARD
Winner:
Emma Azzi, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

SARA KIRKE AWARD FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
Winner:
Dr. Suzanne Simpson, Founder & CEO, Human Resource Systems Group

WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY PUBLIC SECTOR LEADERSHIP AWARD IN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
Winner:
Roberta J. Fox, Founding and Interim CEO & CTO, Crisis Services Canada

PETER BROJDE AWARD FOR CANADA’S NEXT GENERATION EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
Winner:
Nicole Verkindt, Founder and CEO, OMX (theomx.com)

SPROTT SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT CARLETON UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING PRODUCT ACHIEVEMENT
Winner:
MindBridge Analytics Inc.

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS AWARD FOR PUBLIC SAFETY TECHNOLOGY
Winner:
Media Sonar Technologies Inc.

MNP EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REPORTING AWARD
Winner:
Eric Emin Wood, Associate Editor, IT World

The 33rd Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala was supported this year by the following sponsors:

 

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The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, crowdsourcing ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. (No Tech Firm Left Behind)

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Contact: CATAAlliance CEO, John Reid at email jreid@cata.ca, tel: 613-699-8209, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy