CATA Innovation Award Winners, Steve Palmer - Executive Director, Canadian Police Research Centre; Shereen Benzvy Miller - Director General, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services
June 13, 2011



Lubor Ptacek, Vice President of Open Text, (left) presents the The Open Text Public Sector Leadership Award in Advanced Technology to Steve Palmer and Shereen Benzvy Miller (centre) with John Reid, CATAAlliance (Rt).



Please view this video from CATAnet TV... Steve Palmer - Executive Director, Canadian Police Research Centre; and, Shereen Benzvy Miller - Director General, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services, the winners of the Open Text, Public Sector Leadership presented at the 2011 CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala.

Steve Palmer is Executive Director of the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC), one of three programs managed by the Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science. CPRC has been instrumental in helping Canada build a distinguished record of increasing public safety through science and technology, across Canada and abroad. Under his leadership, CPRC strives to ensure that the best equipment and information is available to the emergency responder community - police, fire and paramedics.

Shereen Benzvy Miller, M.A., LL.B is a mother of two and a human rights lawyer by training and inclination. She joined the federal public service in the late 1990s when she was recruited by the Correctional Service of Canada. She then joined Public Works and Government Services Canada as the Director General of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise (OSME) in 2008. The Federal Government recognizes that the 2.3 million small and medium Canadian enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of the Canadian economy, responsible for the creation of most new jobs. Shereen and her staff at OSME advocate on behalf of SMEs and are committed to ensuring that SMEs have fair and open access to government procurement opportunities.

As Public Sector executive leaders, Mr. Palmer & Ms. Miller talk about the importance of private sector and public sector engagement in advancing Canadian innovation.

The Public Sector Leadership Award, sponsored by Open Text, is presented to a leading individual from the public sector to recognize a significant contribution to the development and application of advanced technology in Canada. The recipient must have demonstrated creativity and leadership in the design and implementation of policies and programs to support the development and application of advanced technology. The recipient will have been consistent in supporting technology and its application. Programs initiated by the recipient must have provided important support to the developers of technology as well as to industries which will benefit from its use.

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