Sixth Annual Award For Canada's Leading Woman High-Tech Entrepreneur Call for Nominations
March 29, 2007

Ottawa, March 29, 2007... The official call for nominations is now underway for the Sara Kirke Award for Canada's Leading Woman High Tech Entrepreneur by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).

The Sara Kirke Award is part of CATA's Women in Technology (WIT) Forum. The CATA WIT Forum is designed to help women in technology advance in their careers and succeed as entrepreneurs. See

The Sara Kirke award is presented to the woman who has shown outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry.

The winner of this year's Sara Kirke Award will be announced at CATA's Innovation Awards Gala on June 19th, at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. For more than two decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala has been celebrating the best in Canadian innovation and outstanding achievement.

Previous winners of the Sara Kirke award were:

  • Shannon Byrne Susko, VP, Gateway Operations, Payment Processing Inc. (2006)

  • Debbie Moffat, Founder, Keshet Technologies Inc., and
    Isabelle Bettez, President & CEO, 8D Technologies Inc.(2005)

  • Tanya Shaw Weeks, Founder/President and CEO, Unique Solutions and Unique Patterns (2004)

  • Dr. Gerri Sinclair, General Manager, MSN.CA (2003)

  • Mona El-Tahan, President and CEO of CORETEC Inc. (2002)

Nomination Criteria

The Sara Kirke Award for Women Entrepreneurs is presented annually to the woman who has demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills, resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or services. Contributions to achieving a more competitive investment climate in Canada will also be taken into account.

The selection is based on a written resume of the nominee's accomplishments and the selection criteria include:

  • Technological Innovation
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Notable Achievements in their Particular Area of Expertise
  • Community Involvement/Mentorship

The CATA WIT Forum Selection Committee for the Sara Kirke Award is chaired this year by Dr. Barbara Orser, Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises, University of Ottawa.

Nominators must fill out the Sara Kirke Award nomination form at

All nominees must be a member of the CATA Women in Technology Forum

Deadline for nominations is Monday, May 1st 2007. Nominations will be reviewed by a CATA WIT Forum Selection Committee.

Information for Sending Nominations:

Send your nomination package to the attention of Cathi Malette by Mail, E-Mail or Fax to:

Sara Kirke Award
388 Albert Street,
Ottawa, ON
K1R 5B2
Fax: 613-236-8189