The CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards are the most prestigious annual awards conferred on individuals and corporations by Canada’s advanced technology community. They are presented in recognition of exceptional contributions made to the creation of science and technology-based industrial strength in Canada. Criteria for each award are explained as part of the category description.
The MindBridge Analytics Inc. AI Leadership of the Year Award is presented to an individual or organization from the private, public or academic sectors in recognition of their role in advancing the use, education, and promotion of responsible AI technology in Canada.
The recipient will have demonstrated consistent leadership and execution resulting in the creation and acceptance of a world-class AI-based product and/or service that has solved a technology problem in a socially and ethically responsible manner. This product and/or service will have achieved, or is intended to achieve, disruption of a service or market segment, created business value, efficiencies, and cost savings, or improved services.
The AI Leadership of the Year Award recipient will also be recognized as an influencer in the marketplace and have demonstrated their engagement with the community (e.g., keynote talks, advocacy, and media interviews) in helping to improve Canada’s competitive business climate and champion the development of responsible AI.
This Award recognizes the executive leadership of an individual who has had a major impact on the creation, success and/or transformation of their enterprise. Candidates will typically hold senior positions such as CEO, CFO, COO, President or Vice-President. The winner will be representative of Canada’s next generation of Innovation Nation business leaders.
The Award will be presented to a Canadian organization for an outstanding technology engineering development which has resulted in the production of a world-class Public Safety product or family of products. The product will have proven itself in operation and its design and market success will have enhanced Canada’s international reputation for innovation and excellence.
The Award will be presented to a Canadian organization for an outstanding technology engineering development which has resulted in the production of a world-class product or family of products. The product will have proven itself in operation and its design and market success will have enhanced Canada’s international reputation for innovation and excellence.
The Award is presented to a journalist or writer raising the public profile of science and technology and contributing to the building of a science and technology culture in Canada.
The Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology Award is presented to an individual from the private sector in recognition of outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership which has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. The recipient must have demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or the establishment and development of a major advanced technology company or companies that have withstood the test of time. Contributions to achieving a more competitive investment climate in Canada will also be taken into account.
The Public Sector Leadership Award is presented to a leading individual from the public sector to recognize a significant contribution to the development and application of advanced technology in Canada. The recipient must have demonstrated creativity and leadership in the design and implementation of policies and programs to support the development and application of advanced technology. The recipient will have been consistent in supporting technology and its application. Programs initiated by the recipient must have provided important support to the developers of technology as well as to industries which will benefit from its use.
The ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council) Award for IT Strategic HR Management is presented to the Information Technology (IT) company or organization that enhanced their performance and reputation by leveraging organization human capital. Their efforts should demonstrate how Human Resources (HR) align with corporate strategic goals and enhances their successes. The winner will have led their organization by effectively providing leadership on HR issues, contributing to business growth and communicating the value of HR. Nominations will be evaluated on an organization’s IT HR planning, delivery and execution as well as demonstrated understanding and use of technology, business knowledge and strategic contributions. The organization honoured will also demonstrate their belief and dedication towards understanding the IT sector and its many innovations. Judges will evaluate the extent to which the nominees’ HR strategy and actions added value while attracting and developing an engaged, motivated and highly qualified workforce.
The Award will be presented to a Canadian organization for an outstanding technology engineering development or solution which has resulted in the production of a world-class Digital Health Care product or family of products. The product or solution will have proven itself in operation and its design and market success will have enhanced Canada’s international reputation for health care innovation and excellence.
The Making the Most of Her MBA Award recognizes Canada’s top women MBAs who show, in addition to an outstanding academic record, the skills and motivation for becoming a next generation leader. In judging the nominees for the award, the Selection Committee is looking for women MBAs who have demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills. Weighting will be given to academic record, including good overall team play, and Business School initiatives with a demonstrated record of leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and high potential for career advancement. All candidates should be registered as a full-time or part-time student in a Canadian MBA Program.
The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to the woman who has shown outstanding entrepreneurship as well as technological innovation or corporate leadership — leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women.