A new line of biometric banking services, a cloud-based payment API, and a project by one of Canada’s largest cities to integrate its transit card system are among the nominees for 2016 Ingenious Awards, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) announced today.

Now in their third year, the awards are the culmination of a year-long program honouring large and small businesses, government organizations, and not-for-profits that use technology to enhance their operations.

“Innovation is at the foundation of much of the success we see within the ICT community,” ITAC president and CEO Robert Watson said in a Sept. 16 statement. “Leveraging digital technologies ranging from cloud computing to the Internet of Things, this year’s finalists are transforming products, processes and business models, and are reshaping the way Canadians work, shop, access healthcare, and even do their banking.”

This year, 44 nominees from across the country were evaluated by judges from the CIO Association of Canada, which selected the finalists based on what ITAC called “clear demonstrations of measurable achievement and innovation related to the use of information and communications technology.”

A second panel of judges will review the finalists before determining the winners, which will be revealed, alongside the CanadianCIO of the Year award winners, at the Ingenious Awards Gala Dinner on November 8 in Toronto.

The full list of finalists are below.

Large Private Sector

  • Tangerine: Tangerine’s biometric launch (Ontario)
  • Nav Canada: iSign air-traffic systems technology (Ontario)
  • Moneris: Moneris cloud payment API (Ontario)

Large Public Sector

SME Public Sector

  • OntarioMD, which helps Ontario’s physicians select and adopt electronic medical records (EMRs) (Ontario)
  • First Nations Integrated Health Solution, for the implementation of a reporting system designed to bring wait times for First Nations home care patients into line with those experienced by the average Albertan (Alberta InterRAI project)

SME Private Sector (ICT)

  • Thirdshelf Inc., loyalty marketing software that helps small and medium-sized businesses build a loyalty program and provide automated customer service (Quebec)
  • Esri Canada’s Assessment Analyst, an application that integrates building sketches, imagery, data and analytics to provide the real estate industry with quicker, more accurate property assessments (Ontario)

SME Private Sector (non-ICT)

  • Nature Fresh Farms, which has used Intel technology to enhance productivity (Ontario)
  • Goodleaf Community Farms Ltd., which has developed an indoor farming system capable of growing fresh plants anywhere in the world (Nova Scotia)
  • Body Energy Club, which includes a “Friends With Benefits” referral program (BC)

Not-for-Profit Sector

Full disclosure: IT World Canada is a media sponsor of both the Ingenious and CanadianCIO awards.

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