Canadian Innovation Award Winners Recognized: extends a 21 year CATA tradition of celebrating technology excellence in Canada
June 20, 2006

Ottawa, June 20, 2006...The winners of the 2006 CATAAlliance Innovation Awards were announced Tuesday night at a sold out Gala Dinner, emceed by CTV Ottawa TechNow Host Paul Brent. For two decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala Dinner has been celebrating the best in Canadian advanced technology.

At the Awards evening, co hosted by Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLB, Ernst & Young and the Royal Bank of Canada, the 2006 Award Winners were be recognized for their innovation, expertise, and leadership in Canada's advanced technology community.

Awards were presented in the following areas:

  • Sara Kirke Award for Woman Entrepreneurship:
    Shannon Byrne Susko,VP Gateway Operations, Payment Processing Inc.

  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Award for Outstanding Product Achievement:
    Redknee Inc.

  • Research in Motion (RIM) Public Sector Leadership Award:
    Murray Hardie and Kim Perry Butler, The Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis

  • SHRC Information Technology Strategic Leadership Award:
    The Genesis Centre

  • High Road Communications Award for Science and Technology Reporting:
    Shane Schick, Editor,

  • 3M Canada Company Emerging Technology Award:
    iotum Corporation

  • Xerox Award for Development & Application of Nanotechnology in Canadian Industry:
    Integran Technologies

  • University of Ottawa, School of Management Private Sector Leadership Award:
    Ian McKinnon, President & CEO, Certicom Corp.

Background on the Winners and Finalists in each category can be found at:

In keeping with the theme of Innovation and Leadership, Don Smith, CEO, Mitel, provided insights into world technology trends and the power entrepreneurship. CATA Co-Chair and Chair NexInnovations, John Kelly also congratulated the Awards winners and provided perspectives on Canadian Innovation.

John Reid, CATA President said, "These award winners have shown that they are innovators and skilled business people. They are role models for the development of commercially successful enterprises in Canada. CATA's role as their advocate is to ensure that we create a rich foundation of programs and initiatives that enable leading entrepreneurs to launch their products and exploit their new business opportunities.

Barry Gander
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