TORONTO -- The inaugural Game Changer Award was presented on June 4, 2013 at the i-CANADA SUMMIT at Waterfront Toronto where top public and private sector leaders shared best practices on creating world class intelligent communities.
These leaders focused, among other things, on the use of intelligent applications to re-think community sustainability; Analytics revolutionize health, transport, and utilities; Public programs mesh with private-sector strengths for social inclusion and economic growth; and insights on how Canadian regions can become super-centres with coordinated programs through BCNET, CANARIE, CYBERA, and ORION.
The Game Changer Award is presented annually to a champion who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Intelligent Communities, across Canada. People, departments, agencies, companies and governments are considered for the award. Nominations are put forward by the community with the selection Committee drawn from the i-CANADA Board of Governors, chaired by the Premier of New Brunswick, David Alward.
The 2013 Game Changer Award goes to Lis McWalter.
Lis McWalter is Owner of EMR Consulting and a Community Volunteer. She has over 25 years of diverse technology sector experience with multinational Fortune 500 companies. Most recent roles were VP of Advanced Services, Cisco Systems Canada Inc. and Director of Sales Operations at Cisco Systems Canada Inc. In both of these roles Ms McWalter served as a member of the Canada Senior Leadership team responsible for setting the strategy and direction of Cisco Systems Canada. Her experience also includes previously held positions as VP of Services Computer Associates and Director of Internet Infrastructure at Compaq (following acquisition of Digital Equipment) and various sales and management roles at Digital Equipment in the Systems Integration and Outsourcing Divisions.
Ms McWalter is chair of the West Parry Sound SMART Community initiative and a member of REDAC (the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee), the organization spearheading the initiative.
Since 1897, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce has played a significant role in the region's economic development and has been the voice of business for the Parry Sound business community. During the past 115 years, the Chamber has been deeply involved in connecting the business community, drawing economic development to the region as well as being a catalyst for business communication, networking and partnerships.
Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Ryeland notes that Ms. McWalter has phenomenal leadership capabilities and organizational skills and was recognized based on the fact the Parry Sound area, with the SMART Communities initiative, is distinguishing itself from thousands of communities in this country.
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