"The Best of the Best" -- CEOs Win Prestigious CATA
23rd Annual CATA Innovation Awards Gala features President
of Discovery Channel and General Manager of Cognos
Ottawa, June 10, 2008 -- The nation's most
promising entrepreneurs and innovators received Canada's
"innovation all-stars" awards in a Gala ceremony on the
evening of June 10th. The 23rd annual awards ceremony is
presented by Canada's oldest and largest high tech
association, CATAAlliance. The Gala dinner at the
Chateau Laurier in Ottawa featured a champion of Canadian
creativity and innovation, Paul Lewis,
President and General Manager of Discovery Channel Canada. Mr.
Lewis has been the driving force behind the acclaimed series'
"Race to Mars", and "Mars Rising", a Canadian project that has
been broadcast around the world to rave reviews and huge
The Gala's theme this year was Northern Light -- a
celebration of those stand-out companies that give Canada its
collaborative edge. The collaborative edge comprises the
ripple-chains of expanding value that unite Innovators,
Commercializers, Users, and Professionals, and these Canadian
companies are the "best of the best" in global collaboration
A special award was named after a program designed to
launch Canada's technology reputation to new heights.
"Northern Light" will place a Canadian spacecraft on the
planet Mars -- making Canada only the third nation in the
world to have achieved that goal. "We think it is a very
appropriate title for the 'best of the best' award," said CATA
President John Reid.
This year's award winners include:
- Sarah Kirke Award for outstanding woman in technology
innovation and corporate leadership: two winners:
Dale Gantous, CEO, InGenius; and
Dr. Veena Rawat, President, Communications
- Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Award
for Private Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology:
Peter Sandiford, President, Level
Platforms. The Award was presented by Dean Michael Kelly.
- CATA ICT Health Award: MediSolve. The
Award was presented to President Dr. Gorsev
- Ericsson Award for Outstanding Product Achievement in
the Content and Application Mobility Industry: EMS
Satcom's eNfusion Broadband. The Award was
presented by Pierre Boucher of Ericsson.
- Gowlings Clean Tech Award: Nexterra Energy
Corp. The Award was presented by Andrew Foti,
- ICTC Award for Information Technology Strategic HR
Leadership : Accenture, accepted by
France Cyrenne. The Award was presented by
Paul Swinwood of ICTC.
- Deloitte Award for Chief Information Officer Leadership
: Dr. Catherine Boivie, Senior VP, IT,
Pacific Blue Cross. The Award was presented by Duncan
Stewart of Deloitte.
- High Road Communication Award for Excellence in Science
and Technology Reporting: Matt Hartley,
Senior Reporter, Globe and Mail. The Award was presented by
Sarah Burns, Senior VP, High Road.
- 3M Canada Award for Excellence in Emerging Technology:
Ground Effects Environmental, accepted by
President Sean Frisky. The Award was presented by Elise
Maheu, Business Director Government Markets and Public
- Telus Award for Public Sector Leadership : Ron
McKerlie, Corporate CEO and Chief Strategist,
Government of Ontario. The Award was presented by Telus'
Vice President - Ontario Public Sector, Nick DiGiovanni
- Northern Light Award: "Best of the Best" was presented
to Ground Effects Environmental, by Dr.
Brendan Quine, President of Northern Light.
The evening also featured a panel discussion on "How Do you
Win in a Slow Economy?" with a panel including: Robert
Ashe, General Manager, BI and Performance Management,
Cognos, an IBM Company, Rod Bryden, President
& CEO, Plasco Energy Group, Dr. Brendan
Quine, Northern Light, Dale Gantous,
CEO, InGenius (Innovation Award winner), and Gary
Hebb, Vice President and General Manager, EMS Satcom
(Innovation Award winner).