New Award for Cloud Computing Innovation
The Cloud Computing Innovation Award for Excellence in Public Sector is presented to an organization leading service transformation through the adoption of cloud computing and contributing to the building of a culture of excellence in the Canadian public sector.
Yellow Pencil is a leading provider of Open Text Web Site Management implementation services in North America, and has worked on many of Open Text's flagship accounts. Their services for the City of Edmonton were a featured case study in the new book by Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman of Open Text, “
Managing Content in the Cloud.” Yellow Pencil is one of Canada’s leading accessibility specialists. We believe that it shouldn't matter how fast your internet connection is, or how good your eyesight is. Everyone should be able to access a website's information easily and quickly, regardless of visual, physical or technological impediments. They move all that technology into the cloud (and off your to-do list), with their Hosted Solutions services. While Yellow Pencil’s customer base includes regulated and financial industries, post-secondary education, energy sector and private sector, there’s just something about cities that they find particularly compelling. This company has created new ways of addressing public sector needs all the time as they extend their ever evolving Municipality As A Service model to cities of all sizes.
Cybera is a not-for-profit organization that works to spur and support innovation, for the economic benefit of Alberta, through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Cybera’s access to computing infrastructure, in-house cloud expertise, and a high-speed, high-bandwidth advanced network enables academic, industry and government groups to innovate in priority areas, including health, energy, the environment, and emerging technologies. Cybera’s cloud involvement has focused primarily on delivering IaaS and PaaS. Within these areas, Cybera has forged new relationships with international cloud projects, including OpenStack, as well as contributed to cloud development communities, such as Australia’s research cloud project, NeCTAR. Cybera has also helped build and deploy the cloud infrastructure for projects such as CANARIE’s Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR). Cybera’s Development and Operations (DevOps) team aims to share its cloud knowledge with the broader development community as much as possible. Cybera played a significant role in the development of the Community Health Immunization Program (CHIP) -- a collaboration between Cybera, Okaki Health Intelligence and Pfizer. This ground-breaking program has digitized more than 30,000 paper immunization records for residents of four First Nations communities in Alberta. Cybera also helped make it easier to source, share and use public Canadian water and environmental data with its management of the Water and Environmental Hub (WEHUB)./p>
The increasing occurrence of cyber attacks has made security more important to the average user. Password and data breaches are occurring at even the most powerful organizations, including large corporations like Sony and government organizations utilizing the most advanced technology such as FAA. SmartSignin was conceived with a non-technical user in mind. Most solutions available in today’s marketplace are designed for large enterprises. The few available to small businesses and individuals are insecure, need collaboration, and are far too complicated for ordinary users to comprehend. SmartSignin started asking questions and learning more about the ‘little guy’s’ needs. Then we developed a product based on their feedback. Having forecasted the inevitable growth of cloud computing and having observed the increase in security breaches, they wanted to provide a secure way for web users, whether they be enterprise or regular users, to take charge of their own online identities in the simplest way—while maintaining privacy, integrity and data security. The SmartSignin team, inspired by their CTO, Dr. Kumar Murty (a renowned cryptographer, Chair of the Math Department at the University of Toronto, and Head Cryptographer of Ganita Labs), developed the SmartSignin web & cloud Identity Management applications secured by the patented, Smart-Key Algorithm. The goal at SmartSignin is to provide their customers the most robust security technologically available while simultaneously maintaining ease-of-use and affordability.
City of Calgary
The City of Calgary is one of the
fastest growing, tech savvy municipalities. The City Council & Mayor are great proponents of using technology to enable citizen engagement with the administration. To cater to their evolving municipal technology needs, within their available resources and budgets; Information Technology at The City has been exploring innovative alternate service delivery models and has begun their journey in the adoption of cloud computing. A cloud computing strategy is contained in our 3 year (2012-2014) technology and business plan and aligns with our key corporate initiatives (e.g. eGovernment, Tomorrow’s Workplace, Transforming Government). The City has proactively adopted a balanced approach towards cloud computing – evaluating and enabling business services where business risk is low and high business value can be delivered. The role of IT has been evolving from that of sole provider to service broker with the adoption of a Cloud computing business model. IT has been working closely with corporate stakeholders (Supply & Finance, FOIP & Privacy Office, Legal, Corporate Records, Corporate Security) and most importantly with our internal business clients and citizens. A corporate cloud strategy team is in place and a roadmap outlining key milestones (SaaS, IaaS, & PaaS) has been established. The City plans to be both a consumer and provider of cloud services in a hybrid or community cloud model. Collaboration with regional municipalities, provincial and federal partners is one of the key elements of their cloud strategy and they continue to look forward to any opportunities to share and learn.
Outstanding Product Achievement - ICT/Health/Clean Tech
This 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.
Diversinet provides patented and proven products that enable healthcare organizations to rapidly deploy HIPAA-compliant mobile healthcare (mHealth) applications to anyone, anytime, anywhere, on mobile devices. The company specializes in delivering “Healthcare. Connected and Protected.” Secure mobile healthcare technology provided by Diversinet is helping the U.S. Army provide ongoing, enhanced case management for thousands of injured soldiers recovering at home. The Army's mCare program targets soldiers serving in the Community Based Warrior in Transition Units (CBWTU) program, which enables those with traumatic brain injuries and other wounds to receive medical care. A HIPAA-compliant, two-way messaging application based on Diversinet's MobiSecure® platform was proven during a one-year pilot program, continued and expanded under a five-year contract. mCare addresses the challenges of providing secure case management for geographically dispersed patients who require varied interdisciplinary treatments and use diverse mobile devices.
Unitron's innovations make life better for people with hearing loss through patented technologies that set new industry standards. More than 100 dedicated audiologists and R&D professionals work to continuously improve their unique products, which address the number-one concern of people with hearing loss: understanding speech-in-noise. Moxi™ is an ultra-small Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing instrument available as an open-fit Canal Receiver Technology (CRT). The hearing aid is virtually invisible, sitting discreetly behind the ear. A thin tube connects to an amplifier, which is inserted into the ear canal. Moxi has experienced unprecedented market success, enhancing Unitron's reputation in the hearing industry and Canada's international reputation for innovation and excellence. Since its introduction in June 2011 on Unitron's new technology platform, Unitron has sold more than 52,000 Moxi hearing aids in 13 countries, with recent expansion to 8 additional countries.
Lymbix was founded in 2009 with the idea of mastering tone within the inbox, and have since evolved that thinking to encompass all text-based interaction including social media and beyond. Recognizing that opinion and passion can easily be misunderstood, Lymbix set out to find the best way to conquer it. Lymbix is a fast-pased start-up company that is passionate about listening to their customers and community to make sentiment intelligence technology and the products using it better every day. The ToneCheck™ add-in for Microsoft Outlook 2007/2010 was designed to alert people of negative sentiment in their message before they press send.
The Sentiment Lexicon uses an adaptive learning engine and a community-powered website called ToneADay.com to identify and incorporate new language and social media acronyms. The application gauges words and phrases against 8 levels of connotative feeling, enabling end users to make real-time corrections and adjust the overall tone of messages using a simple menu system.
Ericsson Outstanding Product Achievement - Content and Application Mobility Industry (MoCo)
The Ericsson Outstanding Product Achievement Award recognizes excellence in the Content and Applications Mobility Industry and will be presented to a Canadian organization for an outstanding technology engineering development which has resulted in the production of a world-class Mobility 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.
JUICE is independent and has no investment from any web portal, agency group, publisher or technology company – by design. Founded in 2010, JUICE is the first firm in Canada that is solely dedicated to the mobile advertising market, uniquely positioning it to help brands connect with audiences on all mobile devices including phones, tablets, readers and game consoles. Based in Toronto, JUICE Mobile is a fully financed and privately held company that was founded in response to the rapid growth and adoption of mobile devices. JUICE Mobile is the first of its kind in Canada: one that is solely dedicated to the mobile advertising market. JUICE Mobile has quickly emerged as Canada's leading mobile marketing and analytics firm and has ushered more leading brands into the mobile space than any other firm. Comprised of experts with over 15+ years of industry experience, JUICE is passionate about growing the mobile marketing industry in Canada.
The team behind Tether are smartphone users who were frustrated by the BlackBerry, iPhone and Android tethering options currently on the market. They were expensive, slow, difficult to use, and limited access to certain sites. Tether wanted to do better, and knew that they could. Tether's dedicated R&D team of developers began working on a custom tethering option that would be fast, easy and allow full access to the entire Internet from anywhere. With this goal in mind, Tether was born. With an entirely new approach to tethering, they have successfully developed a product that is like no other on the market. Tether empowers your mobile workforce by providing Internet and VPN connectivity on their laptops through their smartphones leveraging the existing data plans that they already have, ensuring that there is no need for expensive aircards, additional tethering data plans, or extra hardware.
Polar Mobile is a leading platform provider for digital media distribution globally. The world's largest media companies work with Polar today, including CBS Interactive, Conde Nast, Sports Illustrated, Shanghai Daily, Future Publishing, Rogers Media, Khaleej Times, TC.Media and The Wall Street Journal. Polar is a go-to partner for top-tier publishers, broadcasters and sports media brands, having worked with over 380 media brands in 12 countries and served over 1.6 billion page views to 11 million users to-date. Their current product, SMART™, provides a powerful solution for media companies to launch custom-branded apps across iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, PlayBook, Windows Phone and Nokia devices. Included in the solutio is advertising, reporting, hosting, maintenance and support for our customers' mobile apps across all devices. With a time-to-market measured in weeks versus months, SMART is a proven solution tailored for the media industry.
The Motorola Award for Public Safety Technology
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.
Building on over 28 years of experience in critical communications, Solacom continually pushes the technology envelop to develop intelligent solutions for interoperability and integration of multiple types of land lines, radio, WiFi, WiMax, satellite, VoIP, video, sensors, IP and data into one common operating picture. Whether it is a small Next Generation 9-1-1 answering point, or a special interoperability solution for a large defense contract, Solacom is among the world's foremost technology experts for robust, field proven critical communications solutions. In February, Solacom Technologies announced that they have commenced deploying their emergency services platform in a multi-site IP-based next generation 9-1-1 network that will serve all Islands and public safety answering points (PSAPs) in the state of Hawaii. The Solacom system has an IP-based architecture and is designed to evolve well into the future in order to meet i3 standards developed by the National Emergency Number Association. The next generation network will set the stage for new ways of communicating with 9-1-1 centers by such means as texting, sending videos or photos, or even automatically generated messages from medical devices.
EmerGeo provides emergency and crisis management software and services to clients worldwide. In response to growing demands for multi-agency interoperability and real-time situational awareness, EmerGeo has developed two integrated products: Fusionpoint and EmerGeo Mapping. Fusionpoint™ has been successfully deployed in dozens of government and industry organizations around the world (including Windsor, Essex County and many emergency agencies in Ontario, Manitoba and BC). The software addresses a major problem that every agency or large corporation faces when disaster strikes – establishing interoperable multi-agency communications and shared situational awareness. In September, FusionPoint technology was utilized to enable interoperability among the US Coast Guard, Canada Customs, and the Cities of Detroit and Windsor to test emergency preparedness on the Detroit River. EmerGeo Mapping provides more than just a GIS system – but a uniquely managed Common Operating Picture (mCOP™) technology, based on open standards, provides reliable world-class risk management technology and professional services that are proven effective in helping government and industry to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and planned events.
Adventure Lights is a Canadian company whose products are manufactured to ISO 9002 standards. Their products are built in Laval, Quebec, which houses their surface mount technologies, assembly, design studios, engineering and executive offices. Adventure Lights' goal is to make innovative, high quality products at a reasonable cost. They do this using advanced engineering, design and manufacturing expertise. Their SMART Beacon technology was named a pre-qualified innovation with the incredibly successful Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP). The mesh networked wearable beacon system that allows commanders and fire support units to instantly identify friendly forces in contact situations. The SMART beacon system also allows for instant visual identification of people, places and objects for military, search and rescue, security and civil applications. Adventure Lights is especially proud to know that their products have helped save lives, and played a pivotal role in the operation success of numerous missions since 1995. Quantum Marine Ltd. is the exclusive distributor of Adventure Lights covert products to the military, police and other government agencies. Quantum Marine Ltd. specializes is R&D and the realization of specialised and innovative products in partnership with various government agencies.
Ernst & Young CIO Leadership Award
The Ernst & Young CIO Leadership Award will recognize CIOs, or those in equivalent positions, who have shown excellence in managing their organization's enterprise-wide information systems, yielding the greatest returns to their enterprises. Other selection factors include: community engagement, team leadership and authoring of articles, white papers, including speaking engagements. Winners will be selected for two categories: SME business (under 150 employees), and large corporations (more than 150 employees). Finalists and award recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprising experts drawn from the CIO Association of Canada, CATAAlliance and KPMG.
Susan Doniz – CIO, Aimia
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As part of Aimia's executive team, Susan Doniz joined in the new role of global Chief Information Officer. She is responsible for defining the global internal and external Information & Technology strategy to deliver innovation and growth across and within regions. Previous to this role she enjoyed a variety of leadership roles at Procter & Gamble such as leading a global transformational P&G strategy to 'Digitize' P&G from Concept Creation to Shopper; Global Shared Service executive for the $19 billion P&G Beauty & Grooming business for R&D, Product Supply and Sales; Global services leader across Purchasing, Planning, Global Master Data Shared Service, Business Intelligence & Analytics and the CIO & Shared Services (Business Analytics/Intelligence, Procurement, Project Management, Master Data, Consumer Relations, Financial Services & Accounting, Employee Services(Benefit, Payroll, Relocation, Travel), and Real Estate) leader for Procter & Gamble Canada.
Jean-Michel Ares – CIO, BMO
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Jean-Michel Arès is Group Head, Technology and Operations, BMO Financial Group. He holds enterprise accountability for the diverse businesses within T&O: Technology Development & Enterprise Infrastructure, Product Operations, Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing. He is responsible for leading the 7,000 employees in T&O to drive innovation and to partner with business leaders to use technology as a strategic lever in achieving aggressive growth targets and our vision to be the bank that defines great customer experience. Active in the community, Mr. Arès has most recently supported TechBridge, an organization that helps non-profits use technology to increase their capacity to serve the community; Women in Technology, a group whose aim is to develop and promote women for success; and United Way.
Claude Robitaille – CTO, Accedian Networks
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In 2000, Claude Robitaille co-founded Colubris Networks where he developed a leading edge line of WiFi Access routers and successfully held the positions of Operations Manager and Director of R&D. Prior to Colubris, Claude was part of EICON Technologies' core engineering team where he designed a broad Datacom access product portfolio and successfully held the positions of Product Architect, Project Manager and Team Leader. With over 18 years of relevant experience in the Telecom industry, Claude brings to Accedian Networks a solid background in R&D and Operations, including strong experience in designing for and managing contract manufacturers and high-volume operations.
Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology
This Award is presented by the Telfer School of Management 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.
Sebastien Marineau-Mes – Senior VP, Engineering, QNX Systems
QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of Research in Motion (RIM), creates software for systems used by millions of people every day. These include handsfree and infotainment units in more than 25 million vehicles, massive routers at the core of the Internet, medical devices in operating rooms, control systems in wind farms and nuclear plants, dispatch systems for 9-1-1 call centers, high-tech cameras on the International Space Station, and the OS in the BlackBerry Playbook tablet. Sebastien Marineau-Mes has been at the heart of QNX's worldwide success through his leadership in all of the company's R&D activities, including software development and quality assurance. During the last decade, QNX has tripled its revenues, and Sebastien has created and managed the product innovations that contributed to this growth, including the tool suite mentioned above. Sebastien has also increased QNX's business by contributing directly to the company's technology and product portfolio. His personal contributions include software optimizations for multi-core chips (key to the PlayBook, Cisco routers, and many other customer systems) and adaptive partitioning, an innovative technology that makes customers' systems more secure and responsive.
Anthony Lacavera – Chairman, Globalive Communications Corp.
Since founding Globalive in 1998 after graduating from the University of Toronto with a Computer Engineering degree, Lacavera has led the company to become the global leader in next-generation telecommunications that it is today. Throughout his career, Lacavera has worked to revolutionize telecommunications in Canada; encouraging a more globally competitive Canadian market. Recognizing widespread consumer frustration with incumbent carriers, he spearheaded Globalive's participation in the Federal Government's 2008 Advanced Wireless Spectrum auction. Under Lacavera's leadership Globalive has received numerous best in business awards, including ranking #1 on Profit Magazine's 2004 list of Canada's 100 fastest growing companies. Globalive has also been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for six consecutive years, included in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 and listed among Canada's 50 Hottest Startups.
Ryan Holmes – CEO, Hootsuite Media
HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes' entrepreneurial endeavors include successes in a variety of industries from founding a pizza restaurant chain to building the top online paintball equipment supplier in Canada before founding Invoke, the agency that created the popular social media dashboard tool. His interest in tech emerged early after winning an Apple II in an elementary school programming contest. Ryan founded digital agency Invoke Media in 2000 to provide holistic marketing, development and design services. Invoke also developed products including early CMS and e-commerce web apps, the Memelabs contesting platform, and then social media dashboard HootSuite. Rapid growth led to spin-out and funding of HootSuite in December 2009. Ryan frequently presents at conferences internationally — including TEDx, 140tc, OMMA, 140conf, IMA, Open Network Labs — speaking about the evolution of the social web. He is widely quoted in media sources including NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian (UK), and Venture Beat. In recent news, OMERS Ventures announced its purchase of a $20 million ownership stake in Vancouver-based HootSuite.
Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology
The Public Sector Leadership Award is presented by CSC 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.
Ashwin Kutty – Program Manager, Capital Health
Ashwin is atypical in his approach to pushing the boundaries for where health care needs to get to from an IM/IT perspective. He challenges the norm while supporting the needs both anticipated and those that will be prevalent in the horizon. He is well recognized in his field, and has been awarded the Next Generation Leadership Award nationally at the last GTEC conference for his ongoing work in health and public administration. Ashwin's most recent rework of patient flow within the organization through the introduction of clustering registration services with the use of touch screen Kiosks technologies have changed the way this simple administrative function is now performed within healthcare. Should you ask Ashwin, he says this is just the surface of a technology that shows promise to further empower the patients & their families in managing their own information in healthcare. He has provided for statistics that have shown a 92% positive response rate to this new introduction, while an overall improvement well above 80% on the data quality seen within the system. He plans and hopes for bigger changes in the dynamics of this technology to allow for a wider integration, yet simplification for engaging patients & their families in their care.
Christian Couturier – CIO, Government of New Brunswick, and former Director General, NRC-IIT
The Government of New Brunswick broadened and strengthened the role of chief information officer earlier this Fall as it announced Christian Couturier, formerly the Director General of the National Research Council Institute for Information Technology, would be taking over the role and play a key part in shaping the provincial government's innovation and research agenda. Mr. Couturier has been an enormous asset to the Province's Innovation mandate as he also guides the improvement of traditional information management while ensuring the provincial government makes the most effective and efficient use of existing and emerging technologies. Mr. Couturier has also contributed significantly to Canada's technology sector as the former Director General of the National Research Council Institute for Information Technology (NRC-IIT). Christian's success was recognized on a national level when he was named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40." He has also received the NRC Outstanding Achievement Award and the KIRA Industry Person of the Year award. His work was recognized throughout the Atlantic region when he became the most-nominated of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine. Christian continues to seek out and develop a new generation of leaders with innovative ideas and perspectives.
Information Technology Strategic HR Leadership Award
The ICTC (Infomation and Communications Technology Council) Award 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 extend to which the nominees HR strategy and actions added value while attracting and developing an engaged, motivated and highly qualified workforce.
Pythian has specialized in remote database services and consulting since its inception in September 1997. More than 1,000 companies a day reach out to their website to find information to help them solve their database issues. The company has placed a great deal of weight on HR. Under the leadership of Heidi Hauver, the company most recently implemented Pythian's first external Candidate Tracking System and an external HRIS to further increase their efficiencies in recruitment and tracking key HR metrics/data. Heidi represents Pythian on the Hire Immigrant Ottawa's IT Working Group and assisted Pythian in winning the 2012 Employer Excellence Award for outstanding practices in retention of skilled immigrants. The company has also expanded their Coop program and ability to attract new graduates by aligning with the following College/Universities: Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of Guelph and Dalhousie University, University of Toronto. Pythian has developed unparalleled skills, mature methodologies, best practices and tools that ensure Pythian clients receive a level of service that can't be found anywhere else.
Careerify is a social recruitment and employee engagement software that allows organizations to connect with their employees' vast social networks, creating an opportunity to reach millions of potential candidates, and source the best talent for their business. Careerify provides employers the capability to automate and optimize referrals, engage employees, and empower employees to broadcast their company's brand to their social and professional networks. Careerify was the winner of the 2011 Blue Sky ISV Innovation Excellence Awards. The award recognized Careerify for its market-changing approach to solving significant business problems, as well as for its innovative use of leading technologies. Harpaul Sambhi, CEO of Careerify, suggests that all of HR's technology, from recruitment to performance reviews, will have a social component in the next 5 years. Careerify has also been named a top ten cloud company to watch by IDC Canada and named to the annual Branham300 by Branham Group, which recognizes the Top 25 Up and Coming Canadian companies based on revenue, growth and innovation.
Just like sales force automation systems need marketing or lead generation systems that find, attract, capture potential customer sales leads, recruiters needed a new category of software called 'Talent Generation' to find, attract, and capture candidates. In recruiting terms we call these steps source, market, and engage. Talemetry is our marketing leading talent generation suite that delivers a unified solution for organizations to source, market, and engage candidates. They deliver a set of modules designed to let organizations of all sizes connect people and jobs. Talent Technology is the largest talent generation software vendor with over 80 million applicants generated by their systems every year. The company most recently acquired HR Integrations, LLC, providers of the HRNX (HR iNtegration eXchange) integration network. HRNX is a cloud-based solution that connects HR systems with leading HR services providers through pre-built, managed integrations. HRNX delivers a revolutionary alternative to expensive, complex, multiple, one-off vendor integrations.