CATAAlliance Announces new IBM Award for Big Data and Analytics
March 6, 2015

“It is estimated that by 2020, there could be four times more digital data than all the grains of sand on earth” (IBM)

OTTAWA, March 6, 2015 - CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high tech association, and the traditional champion of Canada's Research and Development announced today a new Innovation Award, named the IBM Big Data and Analytics Award.

Nominations are now being sought for the New Award from the institution/organization or company who in the past year have demonstrated extraordinary  progress or developments in training/education  for the application or the use of the emerging discipline of big data and analytics.

CATA CEO, John Reid, said, “ Data science is the next frontier of information technology ” adding, “ As the world’s data grows exponentially, private industry, academia, government, not-for-profits and high-tech organizations are trying to understand how to best acquire, analyze and use the huge amounts of information being collected”.

Rob White, vice-president, Mergers and Acquisitions at IBM. commented,  “There are three three things you must get transform your business, using big data and analytics: Build a culture that infuses analytics everywhere.Empower all employees to make data-based decisions, instead of relying on instinct and past experience;  Be proactive about privacy, security and governance. Ensure that the data being analyzed is safe, secure and accurate; and, Invest in a big data and analytics platform that is tuned to the task of handling all types of data and analytics, regardless of form or function.”

IBM is recognized as a premier corporate citizen and innovation leader in Canada and around the globe," said CATAAlliance CEO John Reid. "We're proud to announce that IBM has added this most prestigious award for  leadership in Big Data and Analytics.”

He concluded, “The winner of the new Award will be a role model for others seeking similar transformations.”

The IBM Award will be presented  at CATAAlliance's  Annual Innovation Awards Gala  to be held in Ottawa on May 21st. For three decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala has been celebrating the best in Canadian advanced technology.

++ Call to Action:

Please review the Award criteria above (para two) and the submit your nominations to Selection Committee Chair,  John ApSimon, Special Advisor to the Deans of Engineering and Science

Carleton University at

"IBM and our thousands of team members across Canada embrace the innovative use of technology every day," said Bob Horgan,  vice president, IBM Canada. "We are honoured to support this award which recognizes excellence in Big Data and Analytics.”

John Reid

President & CEO, CATAAlliance


About IBM Canada

IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. IBMers around the world bring innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large. IBM's prized research, development and technical talent around the world partner with governments, corporations, thinkers and doers on ground-breaking real world problems to help make the world work better and build a smarter planet.

IBM in Canada has played an important role in the corporation’s history for over a century. We make significant contributions to our nation’s economy as one of the country’s largest research and development investors and IT exporters. We attract, develop and retain highly-skilled Canadians, engaging them in meaningful work that impacts not just Canada, but the world. And we make significant investments in new offerings for the Canadian market, such as the more than $165 million we invested in datacentre expansion in 2012.

About CATAAlliance

CATAAlliance spurs the business of advanced technology. It is Canada's largest and most powerful multi-sector technology trade association; it is dedicated to stimulating growth for technology enterprises through the promotion of strategic partnerships, technological innovation and entrepreneurial values and is recognized as "the Canadian champion" of research, development and innovation. More information at