May 27, 2017

RBC Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Fawn Annan President & CMO, IT World Canada


Lt to Rt: Mike Taylor, VP, End User Services, RBC, Fawn Annan, Sara Kirke Award winner & John Reid, CATA, CEO

Join Mike Taylor, VP, End User Services &  Chair of the Community Outreach Committee, Women in Tech at RBC for a Live Stream video at the 2017 CATA Innovation Gala as he presents the RBC Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada. 

About the Sara Kirke Award

The Sara Kirke Award program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to women who have shown outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership — leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. This Award aims to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and positive role models for women in Canada’s technology sector.

Profile of Fawn Annan

Fawn Annan is a serial entrepreneur and digital marketing professional who has led the transformation of IT World Canada from a traditional print publisher for over 25 years to a vibrant leading digital media services company.

Fawn has also successfully led and launched strategic communities with specific mandates such as Lac Carling — the 15 year retreat for all levels of government to drive e-government and recently the not-for-profit C4 (Canadian Channel Chiefs Council).

Winner of the prestigious COPA Award in 2016 for The Best Video Content, winning against the likes of the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, CBC and others.

Fawn gets involved– there is no job or task that is below her station. She helps wherever it is required and ensures employees that show motivation and talent are rewarded.

She uses her extensive business network to promote the importance of what this Sara Kirke award stands for and why corporations should care.

Fawn is a positive role model for women, demonstrating that by having drive and passion, and showing that problems can be overcome – even in situations where traditionally women have not been able to demonstrate strength.

Her personal attributes, in combination with her relentless commitment to improving Canada’s innovation leadership made her an ideal candidate for the RBC Sara Kirke Award.  

About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. For more information, please visit‎

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