Nominations for the 2013 CATAAlliance
Innovation and Leadership Awards

28th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Award Shortlist Finalists:

For nearly three decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards program has been 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 technology-based industrial strength in Canada.

CATAAlliance will tabulate the results from Canada's high tech sector and the winners will be announced at the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Dinner (May 29, 2013, at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa). Tickets and are corporate tables available by contacting Cathi Malette at Please note the following awards Finalists are to be adjudicated through a Special Selection Committee:

  • The Celestica Award for Technology Commercialization
  • Intel SME Innovation Award
  • National Public Relations Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting/Prix de l'innovation pour l'excellence dans le journalisme scientifique et technique médias du Québec


2013 Nominations are closed.

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

Steven Fitzgerald co-founded Habanero in 1996 as a creative design firm. The company provides enterprise-level portals to companies that are committed to deepening employee, customer, and member engagement. Habanero is nationally recognized as a top Canadian workplace.

Today, Habanero has more than 80 employees and remains a privately held partnership led by Steven. It is entirely funded from its profitable operations that produced over $21 million in revenue in 2012. As President, Steven sets the vision and direction for Habanero. He is responsible for bringing Habanero's purpose – to help people and organizations thrive – to life. Steven is committed to ensuring that Habanero's employees, clients, and the organization itself are successful with a focus on building strong, long-term relationships.

Michael graduated from Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2011. During his tenure at the University, he co-founded LittEnergies, PhoneWreck, and Redwoods Media. During his 4th year of studies, Redwoods Media grew to over $300,000 in revenue and the necessity of a platform to manage the content became apparent. Vidyard is the brain-child of Redwoods Media and the clients it serves.

Vidyard makes it easy for businesses, video producers and agencies to put their videos online. Vidyard takes care of hosting, YouTube syndication and real-time, instantly available analytics to help our customers best identify the ROI of video content. In addition, they enable call to action in video. This means that businesses can enable purchases or conversions via video rather then re-direct the viewer to boring or static content. For many businesses and agencies, Vidyard is the central hub for implementing, creating, managing and analyzing the success of their video content. Vidyard announced its first institutional round of funding in March, which amounted to $6 million from OMERS ventures, as well as iNovia Capital and SoftTech VC.

Jevon Macdonald is co-founder and CEO of GoInstant. Just two years after its launch, GoInstant was acquired by American cloud computing giant

The technology allows users to type, click, browse and scroll simultaneously using little more than a GoInstant account and a supported web browser. Users' personal screens and browser windows are private except for the GoInstant browser window, making the technology especially useful in sales and customer support applications.

Prior to GoInstant, MacDonald was the entrepreneur-in-residence at Innovacorp, a position he obtained after he helped found the Dachis Group of Austin. He developed strategic alliances with companies such as IBM and Jive Software and helped the company grow from four employees to more than 100. Mr. MacDonald joined the Dachis Group through the acquisition of his previous start-up,

The Motorola Award for Public Safety Technology
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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.

ERMS is the only Canadian enterprise-class emergency mass notification provider. Providing services to Canadian organizations and communities like: City of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Champlain Community Care Access Centre, Bell Canada, Manitoba Health, the Regional Municipality of York, the Alberta Securities Commission, Cogeco, a handful of Federal Government agencies and many more Canadian and US based customers — who send notifications to stakeholders around the world.

Our service protects employees, students, and residents from harm by providing rapid emergency mass notification to devices of all kinds: phone (mobile, landline, or satellite), browser (desktop or mobile), email, pager, fax, social media, TTY, digital signage, desktop interruption alerts, and wall beacons, fire alarms and more. Our emergency mass notification system, Advantage, is provided as Software-as-a-Service and has a very easy to use and familiar website like interface. Advantage is made up of 7 tightly-integrated modules (Messenger, Roll Call, Crisis Manager, Mapper, HotLine, myAdvantage, and Library). Advantage provides the industry's highest level of adaptability, most inclusive API, reliability and advanced functionality. Our system is one of the most comprehensive and flexible systems available. It provides flexibility through many advanced options and functions — flexibility that is essential to organizations who want to use the system in a way that best suits their needs.

In Motion Technology is a leader in mobile enterprise networks, enabling organizations to connect and manage mobile operations efficiently, reliably and securely. By integrating networking, data security, and vehicle-area management into a single system, In Motion provides unparalleled connectivity to the fleet. The company's onBoard system includes a rugged in-vehicle mobile router, a mobile-optimized security system and a powerful management platform.

In Motion Technology's flagship product – the onBoard Mobile Gateway – delivers high performance, high security, wireless broadband networking for mobile applications by turning vehicles into communications hotspots. The Gateway extends the enterprise network to the fleet, including security layers to ensure the reliable flow of information to and from any device or application.

Face Forensics is unique in being the only facial recognition system to include partial face recognition, and is specifically designed to connect to existing databases. F2 can automatically locate and enroll facial images in all major database types including Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, and MS Access. It will take each enrolled face and match it against every other face in the same database or in different databases. Thus different records of the same individual operating under different names will be identified. All matches above a user-defined threshold are written to a separate file for an officer to confirm. By eliminating all but the most likely matches, F2's database matching capabilities transform what is in practice an impossible task into something that is straightforward and fast for an officer to undertake.

The principals of the company have already developed one of the most successful face recognition systems in North America. This has been installed in numerous police forces and other locations and achieved major successes.

McCague Borlack Outstanding Product Achievement Award
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The McCague Borlac Outstanding Product Achievement 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.

Webtech Wireless (TSX:WEW) is a leader in providing fleet management telematics, GPS and automatic vehicle location (AVL) solutions that improve efficiency, accountability and reduce costs. Our end-to-end solutions automate record keeping and regulatory compliance, reduce fuel burn and idling, mitigate risk, and keep drivers safe. Managers trust us to ensure people are accountable and vehicles are visible. Through the cloud, in the office, or straight to mobile devices, we deliver Fleet Intelligence Anywhere™. Our products are InterFleet®, for government winter maintenance, public works and waste management fleets; and Quadrant®, for commercial fleet operations and compliance (HOS, EOBR).

Mitel UC360 Collaboration Point is a first-of-its-kind device for the personal office meeting space. Created in response to customer requests for an easier, more cost-effective way to foster collaboration, it is a single device that combines in-room presentation display and multi-party audio and visual collaboration for remote participants. Compact, touchscreen, easy to deploy, and simple to use, UC360 gives customers the ability to turn collaboration from a special event into a natural part of every work day.

With a natural user interface (NUI) from YOUi Labs, great communications technology is at the user's fingertips, with no distractions from the task at hand.

FleetMind Solutions, Inc. is an award-winning technology leader for fleet management solutions. Its products have allowed the industry's largest waste and recycling fleets to link their drivers and vehicles to business operations in real-time to ensure improved productivity, safety, sustainability, profitability and customer service. Green fleets are focused on reducing fuel consumption, mileage and exhaust emissions, and on driving more safely and efficiently. If a waste collection fleet is not managed effectively, it will generate not only unnecessary emissions, but also excess costs to negatively impact the bottom-line. FleetMind provides the tools to support leaner and greener fleets by improving fuel consumption, reducing overall mileage and monitoring driver behavior.

Datawind is a leading developer of wireless web access products and services. Thet offer a series of wireless web access devices and related web delivery platforms. DataWind is the inventor and maker of the much talked about Aakash tablet (dubbed the cheapest tablet in the world). In 2011, following the launch of the world's lowest cost tablet PC, Datawind's 'Aakash' for the Government of India, the company was been inundated with over 7 Million individual and reseller orders from India alone. Interest around the world piqued as did distribution of Datawind's product. In Datawind's Montreal R&D facilities, Raja S. Tuli, co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Technology Officer of Datawind, has conceptualized Datawind's products and developed the core technologies. Datawind is revolutionizing the world of mobile internet and inexpensive tablet PC production to help with Educational reform worldwide.

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

Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, planet earth's #1 cloud accounting specialist for small business owners. In 2003, Mike built FreshBooks for his design firm, scratched his own itch, then moved into his parent's basement for 3.5 years to get FreshBooks off the ground. Since then over 5,000,000 people have used FreshBooks to save time billing and collect billions of dollars. Mike and his team dedicate themselves to executing extraordinary experiences everyday for small business owners who want to focus on the work they love, instead of on their paperwork.

Mr. McDerment has been involved with internet technologies since 1999 and is an expert in the areas of internet marketing, web design and development. In addition to FreshBooks initiatives, Mike is a founder of the mesh conference, lecturer at Humber College and a frequent speaker at conferences, addressing topics such as entrepreneurship, social media, marketing and web applications.

Tobias Lütke is CEO and co-founder of Shopify, the marquee shopping cart system of the e-commerce industry. The user-friendly platform garnered rave reviews right off the bat, drawing accolades from TechCrunch, The New York Times and Fast Company. Shopify has received $22 million in Series A and B funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Georgian Partners. Today, Shopify powers tens of thousands of online retailers including General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and more. Our platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build it.

As a programmer Tobi has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created many popular open source libraries such as the Typo weblog engine, Liquid and Active Merchant.

As an internationally invited speaker, Tobi speaks on diverse topics such as startup building, utilizing open-source, and webapp performance. He maintains a popular tech weblog at too-biased.

Eli is the co-founder and co-CEO of Fluidware Corporation, an Internet software company offering Software as a Service (SaaS) online applications based on collaborative feedback. The company was established in 2008 and has two products: Fluidsurveys; online survey tool and ReviewRoom; online Application management tool.

In 1986, Eli founded Applied Silicon Inc. Canada to provide engineering consulting services to the private and public sectors. Following an investment from Newbridge Networks in 1996, the company (Telexis) shifted its focus to video over IP solutions, growing to 180 employees. Telexis was acquired in May 2000, and became March Networks. Eli also founded in 2002 OrbitIQ Inc., a business accelerator company with globally-deployed channels to market.

Wilfrid Laurier University Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology
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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.

In 2007, Ms. Flam led a diverse team that developed an incredibly successful provincial broadband strategy and was appointed Project Director for implementation of Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia (BRNS), the provincial "last mile" Internet initiative. By mid-2010 this rugged coastal Atlantic Canadian province boasted nearly 100% broadband coverage to more than a thousand unserved and underserved communities.

BRNS brought land-based, reliable, scalable, high-speed Internet service at prices and speeds competitive with basic urban service to rural businesses, residents, students, educators and health professionals. As well as overseeing the coordination of the network infrastructure build involving the coordination of several private sector Internet service providers, the BRNS team incorporated a change management strategy, Connect to Compete, a strategic approach to community economic and social development that helps communities plan to take full advantage of the power of the Internet.

Nancy continues to work for the department on various ICT and Life Science related portfolios.

As Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Chief Information Officer and Vice President Information Services, Fariba is the single point of accountability for all technology enabled investments and information services. MPAC is a non-share capital, not-for-profit Corporation and accountable for the fair and equitable assessment of all properties in Ontario with an estimated total value of two trillion dollars, more than any other assessment jurisdiction in North America. As CIO and member of MPAC Executive Management Group, Fariba is leading MPAC technology transformation to deliver more value at a lower cost.

Prior to Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Fariba held a variety of CIO, SVP, VP, Executive Director and Director roles within the telecommunication, software, energy and management consulting sectors. Fariba's work experience spans Canada, US and Europe and her most recent tenure included Vice President of IT for Lottery and iGaming division of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Fariba is a volunteer board member of University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Vision Fund Board, Seneca College Board of Governors, University of Toronto Governing Council College of Electros, Canadian Women in Communication and YMCA Greater Toronto Finance and Audit Committee. Fariba has been recognized as one of Canada's top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and recipient of University of Toronto Arbor Award. In 2011 Fariba was shortlisted as one of Canada's Top 25 Immigrants. Fariba holds a MBA from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and a Computer Science Degree from York University. Fariba is also a Certified Management Consultant with CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT) designation.

Anne Sado became president of George Brown College in January 2004. In this role, she is responsible for driving the college's overall direction, objectives and future growth. She is George Brown's primary ambassador, and has led the organization through six years of unprecedented growth and renewal, including the development of a major new campus for the college on Toronto's Waterfront.

Ms. Sado brings strong leadership, customer service and communication skills to the College from her career in business and extensive volunteer involvement. She is past Chair of Colleges Ontario's Committee of Presidents. In 2007, Ms. Sado was honoured with the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal. She has also received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for her work with the YWCA of Greater Toronto, the Professional Engineers Ontario Citizenship Award for contributions to her community, and an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. In November 2010, Anne was inducted into the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction.

Rob Meikle is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Toronto which is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city.

In his role as CIO, Rob provides visionary leadership for the delivery of flexible and integrated information and communication technology solutions that enable and drive Service Excellence.

Rob is a strategic business leader who is innovative and results driven with a proven track record of 20+ years experience planning, developing, and implementing award winning global business and technology solutions in the private, public and not for profit sector. Rob was named a global CIO 100 Honoree and global Premier 100 IT Leader.

ICTC IT Strategic HR Management
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The ICTC (Infomation and Communications Technology Council) Strategic HR Management 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.

Visier is a software as a service start-up located in Vancouver. Visier Workforce Analytics is a cloud-based, comprehensive analytics application designed to provide managers and HR professionals with immediate insight into their organization's performance and to improve the return on their most important investment: human capital. Visier Workforce Analytics gives managers and HR professionals the insight they need to reduce costs, improve productivity, attract and retain top talent, and implement workforce strategies to support key business objectives. Visier's innovative and interactive solution uses attractive visuals and advanced predictive technology to deliver best-practice guided analysis. Visier has differentiated itself above all by a beautiful, intuitive and interactive interface. Everything the user needs is presented in a way that produces immediate results. Visier was designed with the idea that people want to 'see and experience' insights, not slice and dice through endless data pivots.

When founder Sean Fahey was employed by an insurance firm, he was asked to recruit 200 people in a short window of time. This experience made Sean realize not only that the traditional recruiting could be significantly improved through automation and technology, but that he could help make it happen. Simply too much time was wasted on tasks that could have been performed by software and video. Enter Vidcruiter, a complete recruiting solution that simplifies the hiring process while enhancing the quality of applicants.

Initially we wanted to improve the process by which applicants are filtered and screened. Thus our team at VidCruiter built a tool called VidTracking. This tool simplified screening, filtering, ranking and in some cases even replaced phone interviews. Our clients loved this and subsequently asked us for more help in saving time in the recruiting process.

Vana Workforce is the Cloud HR Company. We are a global provider of human capital software and service solutions specifically designed to the needs of small and medium enterprises delivered on-demand. Developed on the industry's leading cloud platform, Vana Human Capital Management delivers one complete and integrated human capital management solution for global organizations form hire to retire including the core human resource system of record, benefits & compensation, absence management, performance and talent management, career and succession planning, workforce collaboration, and workforce analytics.

Vana Human Capital Management delivers one integrated solution to manage the entire workforce from hire-to-retire. Implementing stand-alone, non-integrated, and different technology based solutions for HR just doesn't make sense. Furthermore, completely different interfaces and manual process to overcome the lack of integration between processes means your employees won't use it. Vana HCM delivers one product built organically on one platform. Cloud Computing Innovation Award
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The Cloud Computing Innovation Award 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 a book by Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman of Open Text, "Managing Content in the Cloud." Yellow Pencil is one of Canada's leading accessibility specialists. Yellow Pencil is an expert 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. They have worked with the City of Surrey and the City of Edmonton to overhaul their web communications.

DataGardens is an award-winning software company that changes the way businesses protect their information technology systems and operations. DataGardens' next generation business continuity solution provides revolutionary protection, preventing IT system disruptions and failures for both planned and unplanned downtime, all at a low total cost of ownership. The company's flagship product, DataGardens WAVE™, has enabled numerous organizations across North America to keep their IT systems running through disruptions that would have otherwise disabled IT operations for hours or even days — costing thousands of dollars in lost productivity. DataGardens has partnered with organizations like Cybera, who were in search of a solution that would dynamically redistribute virtualized infrastructure between sites in response to changing cloud workload.

Acrodex, a leading provider of strategic IT services for Canadian business, today announced the launch of its Acrodex Cloud Services, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering based in its Canadian data centre. Acrodex has worked with various branches and levels of government in Canada. We've helped governments get the most out of their investments in IT by delivering solutions and services that increase productivity and efficiency, decrease operational expenses, and improve service delivery to citizens. Acrodex's hosted virtual managed infrastructure service includes a selection of standardized and preconfigured infrastructure complete with standard operating system, management and security tools to suit various business needs.

Acrodex public sector customers include provincial governments, the Cities of Edmonton and Calgary, and dozens of other ministries and municipalities across the county.

MPAC administers a uniform, province-wide property assessment system based on Current Value Assessment in accordance with the provisions of the Assessment Act. MPAC provides municipalities with a range of services, including the preparation of the annual assessment rolls that they use to calculate property taxes. Today, MPAC is responsible for the assessment and classification of over 4.7 million properties in the province. MPAC recently implemented cloud computing initiatives needed to process and compare hundreds of sold properties for every subject property. In Ontario, that equates to 4 million subject properties and nearly half a million sold properties. The CART was designed quickly, changed continuously as the algorithm was explored, and ran with $0 capital outlay and with no impact to their IT teams or their existing systems. This innovation was a result of approaching the problem in a different way and thinking outside the box!