2003 CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards
Ottawa, May 2, 2003 -- An audience of 500 executives gathered
Tuesday evening, April 29th, to hear Mayors from across Canada present the
federal government with "Canada's Advanced Technology Business Plan". The
gala evening, marking the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Advanced
Technology Alliance (CATA), celebrated the best achievements in technology
over the past year.
At the event mayors from St. John's Newfoundland to Vancouver British
Columbia presented an in-depth strategy to jump-start innovation in Canada.
The "champions of urban growth" outlined specific actions to grow the use
of high technology in each of their communities in the coming years.
The summary Business Plan is the result of a series of ten TechAction
Town Hall meetings that were held across Canada from September 2001 - March
"The Mayors have endorsed a set of tangible actions that can reinvigorate
high tech development in Canada," said John Reid, President of the
Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. "We presented the Plan to Science
Minister Rey Pagtakhan to help the Government shape Canada's federal
programs and Innovation Strategy. We are planning to link the TechAction
Mayors in specific programs with the federal government in the coming
months. We would like to thank all the Mayors for participating in
TechAction Town Hall."
The winners of the 2003 CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership
Awards were also announced at the gala. The nominees are short-listed by
the CATAAlliance Board of Directors and the winners are selected
by polling the CATAAlliance membership across Canada. The 2003 winners
in the following categories are:
Private Sector Leadership
The CATAAlliance Award for Private Sector Leadership is presented
to an individual from the private sector in recognition of outstanding
technological innovation and corporate leadership which has significantly
expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry.
Lionel P. Hurtubise became President and CEO of Ericsson Canada Inc.
in 1986 and was appointed Chairman on July 1, 1994. Mr. Hurtubise holds
a number of positions in national and regional institutions dedicated
to high technology. In 1999, he received an Honorary Doctorate from
Ryerson Polytechnic University and was honored by the Canadian Technion
Society for his contribution to the promotion of telecommunications in
Canada. In June 2001 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from
Public Sector Leadership
The CATAAlliance Award for Public Sector Leadership is given
to an individual from the public sector in recognition of their significant
contribution to the development and application of advanced technology in
Dr. Binder is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Federal
Government's "Connectedness Agenda" that commits to connecting all Canadians
to an accessible and affordable high speed information highway, and for the
promotion of growth & international competitiveness of the Information and
Communication Technologies industries.
Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting
Awarded to a journalist or writer raising the public profile of science
and technology and contributing to the building of a science and technology
culture in Canada.
David Akin is among the first of a new generation of reporters, working
simultaneously in print and television. He holds concurrent assignments as
National Business and Technology Correspondent for CTV News and is a
Contributing Writer for The Globe and Mail. Prior to this assignment,
Mr. Akin was a member of the inaugural staff of the National Post where
he was a senior technology reporter.
Outstanding Product Achievement
This award is given to recognize the production of a world-class product or
suite of products that has proven itself in the market.
SourceCAN is an e-marketplace developed by Industry Canada that works
towards fulfilling the mandate of the Innovation and Connectedness Strategy
for the Canadian populous. The idea and development of SourceCAN came out
of three distinct challenges facing both the government and the Canadian
business community: low visibility of Canadian goods and services to
foreign bodies; low access to and awareness of both domestic and foreign
business opportunities; and low adoption of tools that promote
The CATAAlliance Award for Emerging Technology goes to a company
that recently introduced an innovative new product having significant market
IIU Telehealth Network (Ikajuruti Inungnik Ungasiktumi, which translated
from Inuktitut means, "a tool to help people that are far away") allows for
'real time' transmissions (audio/visual/data) among 15 isolated Nunavut
communities and provides key communication linkages to healthcare service
providers outside of the Territory. The creation of the IIU Network has
enabled the establishment of a comprehensive Telehealth Program, which
supports the delivery of primary and secondary healthcare and related
Best Web Tool of the Year
This award is given in recognition of support of the CATA mission.
The partnership of Maestro CMS' leading software and MONTAGE.DMC's
expertise in eBusiness solutions and integration allows
organizations the ability to easily manage their online
communications, without the associated large-scale investment in
technical expertise and infrastructure.
The new CATA web site will be a demonstration of the power of their solution
for digital content management.