May 1, 2018

Sara Kirke Award Program for Women in Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Accenture Canada Will Present at CATA’s Innovation Gala (May 15th in Ottawa)

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The Sara Kirke Awards for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recognizes leading women executives who have shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership — leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women.

Accenture Canada a leading global professional services company providing a range of strategy, consulting, digital, technology & operations services and solutions is presenting this year’s Sara Kirke Award.

Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) is a community network launched by CATAAlliance designed to boost women’s participation and advancement in the high-growth technology sector.

In judging the nominees for the award, the Selection Committee looked for for women leaders who demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills, resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or the establishment and development of a major advanced technology company or companies that have withstood the test of time.

Sara Kirke is considered by many to be North America’s first entrepreneur. Sara Kirke arrived in Newfoundland in 1638 with her husband David Kirke, who was soon recalled to England. Sara, however, continued to reside in Avalon, and conducted business as usual from the Pool Plantation. Lady Kirke was a remarkable individual as she managed affairs at the Pool Plantation and became one of the most successful merchants on the English Shore — and was almost certainly North America’s first and foremost woman entrepreneur.

Read More on Sara Kirke in this study by Robert W. Sexty, Faculty of Business Administration and Suzanne Sexty, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2017 Winners:

2017 EY Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation presented to Dr. Cindy Gordon, Founder and CEO of Saleschoice
2017 RBC Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation presented to Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada

View our video interview with Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada and Cindy Gordon, Founder & CEO, SalesChoice both community leaders in helping advance CanWIT (Women in Tech) mentorship initiatives: https://vimeo.com/channels/canwit/220984576

Nomination Criteria

The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented annually (at the 33rd Annual CATA Innovation Gala, May 15th, 2018 in Ottawa) to the women who have demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills, resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or services.

The selection is based on a written resume of the nominee’s accomplishments and the selection criteria include:

  • Innovation
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Recognized Achievements in Area of Expertise
  • Community Involvement and Mentorship
  • Contributions to achieving a more competitive investment climate in Canada will also be taken into account.

We now have a Sara Kirke Award winner to announce at the CATA Gala on May 15th in Ottawa.


Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.