Thaddeus Holownia Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) and i-CANADA
February 13, 2013

OTTAWA, 13 February 2013 - One of Canada's most distinguished photographers has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) and i-CANADA have announced that Photographer Thaddeus Holownia, Professor and Head of the department of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick was nominated because of his contributions as an artist, his acknowledged teaching excellence and his success in the overall advancement of Fine Arts at Mount Allison and well beyond.

According to CATA EVP and Co-Founder of i-CANADA, Barry Gander, "Professor Holownia's endeavors have strengthened a vital area of Canadian life. Holownia also recently set aside his studio and his time to help regional communications development, because he recognized the importance of the high technology industry's work from a creative and innovative point of view."

"Professor Holownia and these other leaders were selected because of the impact they made on society and business from the application of technology," stated John Reid, President of CATA. "Many have been technology innovators as well as catalysts for national transformation."

The recipients range from mayors, economic development officers, first responders, financial experts and community planners, to a dance choreographer.

"Our province was built on new ideas, creativity, and a drive to be the best in the world," said New Brunswick Premier David Alward, i-CANADA co-chair. "Today, New Brunswick innovation is leading change and excellence across many sectors, and Professor Holownia's contribution is a fine example."

"Technology gives us opportunities; leaders give us benefits," noted Gary Stairs, VP of i-CANADA and Principal of Fredericton-based Stellar Learning Strategies. The i-CANADA organization, dedicated to creating an Intelligent Nation by transforming communities at the grass-roots level, proudly nominated people from across Canada to receive Diamond Jubilee medals.

In total these Medals are being awarded to 50 individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian life. "These individuals are held in high esteem by their endeavors and have strengthened a vital area of Canadian life," said Mr. Reid.

For further information please contact:
Elaine Dean
Program Director, i-CANADA