Sara Kirke Award 2008 Call for Nominations
January 17, 2008

Seventh Annual Award For Canada's Leading Woman High-Tech Entrepreneur
Named In Honour of North America's First Woman Entrepreneur

Ottawa, January 17, 2008 ... 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 and bio-tech 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 and bio-tech industry.

"The Sara Kirke award is a key program of CATA WIT Forum striving to attract women to tech and bio-tech careers, and to recognize the best contributions for Canadian innovation and outstanding achievement," stated Joanne Stanley, Managing Director of CATA WIT Forum.

"CATA WIT Forum's vision is to be the premier Canadian go-to forum for women in technology and the Sarah Kirke award program is a way of reaching out to women tech entrepreneurs in Canada." says Dr Cindy Gordon, CEO of Helix Commerce, and chair of the CATA WIT Forum National Advisory Council.

The CATA WIT Forum Selection Committee for the Sara Kirke Award is chaired by Dr. Barbara Orser, Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, and a member of the CATA WIT National Advisory Council. " We need more of these types of recognition programs for women in Canada to stimulate demand and recognize role model women in our communities for their contributions of leadership and excellence" said Dr. Orser.

The winner of this year's Sara Kirke Award will be announced at CATA's Innovation Awards Gala on June 10th, at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. For more than two decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala has been celebrating the best in Canadian innovation. CTV Host, Paul Brent will be returning as the guest MC and moderator of a stellar CEO Panel of High Tech business leaders focusing on the keys to world class success.

Previous winners of the Sara Kirke award are:

  • Suhayya Abu-Hakima, President and CEO, AmikaNow! Corporation and Julia Elvidge, President, Chipworks Inc. (2007)
  • 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.

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

  • Innovation
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Recognized Achievements in Area of Expertise
  • Community Involvement and Mentorship
  • Contributions to achieving a more competitive investment climate in Canada will also be taken into account.

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 May 1st 2008. 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