Innovation Awards Nominees

31st Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Nominees


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.

Award winners are determined by Advisory Board review and/or open voting by Canada’s innovation community. Please review the Award categories and nominees below and cast your vote for the winner.

CATAAlliance will tabulate the results from Canada's high tech sector and the winners will be announced at the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Dinner (May 26, 2016, Hosted by the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.

Please note the following awards Finalists are to be adjudicated through a Special Selection Committee:

    Weology Leadership Award

    The Celestica Award for Technology Commercialization

    The Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation Executive Leadership

    The Motorola Award for Public Safety Technology

    Intel SME Innovation Award

    TELUS Outstanding Product Achievement Award to Recognize Mobility Health (M-Health) Innovation Excellence in Canada's Health Care Sector

    ICTC’s Digital Economy – Strategic HR Leadership Award

    Ericsson Award for Mobility Content and Applications in Canada Cloud Computing Innovation Award

    CAMSC Innovation through Diversity Award

    RBC Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Voting is open until 6:00 p.m. EST on May 1st, 2016.

Voting is now closed for the 2016 CATA Innovation Awards

Telfer Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology

  • The Telfer Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology 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.


Adam Froman
CEO and Founder, Delvinia

Adam Froman, CEO and Founder, Delvinia, an award-winning entrepreneur, innovator and business leader. As the founder and CEO of Delvinia, Adam believes digital platforms can be used to create meaningful, human connections between companies and their customers and it is this philosophy that he has applied to his organization.

Richard D. McBee
President & CEO, Invest Ottawa

Richard D. McBee, President and Chief Executive Officer, with more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications, leading Mitel’s strategy, business performance, and global execution.

J.Paul Haynes
CEO, eSentire Inc.

J.Paul has led eSentire to 10x its size since he joined the company in late 2010. His business acumen, in-depth understanding of technology and strong leadership has made him a respected and reliable voice on the topic of cybersecurity in North America and Europe.

Michael Serbinis
Founder & CEO of LEAGUE Inc.

Michael Serbinis, CEO of League, a serial entrepreneur and visionary with over $1B of exits, who has founded and/or helped build Kobo, Critical Path, DocSpace, Zip2 and now League, a disruptive new company in the Health Insurance industry.

Wilfrid Laurier University, Lazaridis School of Business Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology

  • 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.


Tony Bailetti
Director, Technology Innovation Management (TIM), Carleton Sprott School of Business

Tony Bailetti, Director of Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) master’s program. He holds a faculty appointment in both the Sprott School of Business and the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Yasser Morgan, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Software Systems Engineering, University of Regina

Dr. Yasser Morgan, Associate Professor at the University of Regina, principle invstigator for the Bridging Research and Interoperability Collaboration (BRIC) initiative, a national public safety broadband network and test bed, using Cannarie as the national backbone. This will be the first test bed with an SDN engine and Blackberry certified security for the applications and will help foster new innovations in technology and processes, ultimately helping to save more Canadian lives in times of crises

Dr. Karen Sievewright
Managing Director, Banting & Best Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto

Dr. Karen Sievewright, Managing Director of the University of Toronto’s Banting and Best Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BBCIE), Canada’s largest cluster of university-based entrepreneurs consisting of nine accelerators and incubators that generate more than 200 companies and reach more than 7,500 student entrepreneurs per year. Dr. Sievewright has spent her career on applied research in the field and on the shop floor in the oil and gas and aerospace industries, as well as holding senior roles in the not-for-profit sector focussed on funding and support for innovation and entrepreneurship in Canadian business.

National Public Relations Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting

  • 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


Julie Ireton
Business Reporter, CBC Ottawa

Julie Ireton, business reporter at CBC Ottawa who covers a wide range of topics - from investigating corporate corruption to highlighting Canada’s technology sector.

Danny Bradbury
Technology Journalist

Danny Bradbury, technology journalist with years' experience writing about security, software development, and networking.

Barrie McKenna
National Correspondent, The Globe and Mail

Barrie McKenna, Globe and Mail columnist and business correspondent who covers the intersection of public policy, business and the economy.

Sean Silcoff
Reporter, The Globe and Mail

Sean Silcoff joined The Globe and Mail in January, 2012, following an 18-year-career in journalism and communications. He previously worked as a columnist and Montreal correspondent for the National Post and as a staff writer at Canadian Business Magazine, where he was project co-ordinator of the magazine's inaugural Rich 100 list.

Sprott School of Business at Carleton University Outstanding Product Achievement Award

  • 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.


eTreat Medical Diagnostics Inc. (eTreatMD)

eTreatMD is an early stage company developing apps for smartphones that help people measure, monitor and determine the effectiveness of treatment for chronic conditions (arthritis, skin diseases, wounds, injuries).

Fedora Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Fedora Pharmaceuticals Inc., a private Award winning biotechnology company developing a portfolio of β-Lactamase inhibitors that have the unique ability to re-sensitize resistant bacteria to currently used β-lactam antibiotics.

Hootsuite Media Inc.

Hootsuite, a social media management system for brand management created by Ryan Holmes in 2008. Now, with have more than 10 million users and counting around the world, Hootsuite is proud to be the world’s most widely used social relationship platform.


SOTI, a proven product innovator and EMM Industry leader. Over 15,000 customers across 170 countries rely on SOTI for their EMM needs. SOTI has strong partnerships with hardware manufacturers, providing support for new mobile devices and operating systems well before the competition.


Trulioo, a Canadian financial technology company based in Vancouver, British Columbia that offers identity verification services for businesses and organizations worldwide using government and private databases.

Turnstyle Analytics Inc.

Turnstyle, a marketing and analytics platform that utilizes public Wi-Fi to attract, retain and reward customers. Turnstyle enables clients to learn actionable insights about on-premise customer behaviour and send real-time messages, coupons and rewards directly to customers’ phones without the use of a mobile application. Turnstyle helps the world’s largest brands monetize their Wi-Fi by enabling location-based marketing and analytics, providing the same tools online retailers have enjoyed for over a decade.

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