OTTAWA, January 26, 2018 – CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group announced today the call for nominations for Emerging Technology Leadership, named after the late Peter Brojde, one of Canada’s leading and respected entrepreneurs. View our interview with the 2017 winner, Victorio Lennox, CEO & Co-Founder, Startup Canada.
About Peter Brojde
Mr. Brojde was born on February 12, 1945 in the city of Moscow, the youngest of three boys to WWII resistance heroes Leopold Trepper and Luba Brojde. The Trepper-Brojde family left Moscow for neighbouring Poland, Peter enrolled at the Warsaw Polytechnical Institute, where he later would complete a Masters degree of Science in solid-state physics.
Starting a new life in Canada, with his wife Anna, Peter co-founded Micom Data Systems, a company that became a world leader in stand-alone word processing systems, a precursor to today’s PCs. In 1979, Micom was acquired by Dutch electronics giant Philips N.V. Mr. Brojde served as VP of research and development at Philips from 1979-1984, where he managed the development of products that generated over $1 billion dollars in revenues.
Always driven to innovate, Peter, together with his brother-in-law Maks Wulkan and colleague, Shyam Prasad, at Philips co-founded Eicon Technology Corporation, one of the world’s first companies dedicated to computer and network connectivity, where Peter became President and CEO. The company grew from 3 to 700 employees in 70 countries around the world, and ranked fourth largest among Canadian software manufacturers.
During his tenure, Peter received numerous awards for his contribution to the high-tech industry sector. For example, in 1995, he received the Canadian Advanced Technology Association award for Leadership in the Private Sector. Also in 1995, Eicon Technology received the Canada Export Award for Lifetime Achievement, after being nominated for the award, which recognizes outstanding success on the international market, on three previous occasions.
Peter retired in 2000 and became an Angel Investor, having served the high-tech community as member high level Boards, including the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance .
Peter passed away in 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer; however his wish was to continue to advance the ethic of personal and business success through hard work, perseverance, and community involvement. The New Award has been created in that spirit.
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CATAAlliance president John Reid said, “We’re proud to be the chosen partner for this prestigious award for Emerging Technology Leadership will be named in Mr. Brojde’s honour. The qualities of hard work, perseverance and community involvement are fundamental to addressing today’s economic challenges.”
The Peter Brojde Award will be presented in May at the CATAAlliance’s 33rd Annual Innovation Awards Gala Dinner, to be held in Ottawa on May 15th at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, Richcraft Hall (formerly known as River Building).