ITWC’s very own Eric Emin Wood, the editor of this fine website, is the winner of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance’s (CATA) MNP Excellence in Science & Technology Reporting Award.

The award is presented to a journalist that raises the public profile of science and technology and contributes to the building of the science and technology culture in Canada.

Working with Wood as editorial director, I concur that he’s fully deserving of such as award, as he works tirelessly every day to report on the innovation and technology beat for ITBusiness.ca. During his two and a half years with ITWC, Wood has developed beat knowledge on the topic of smart cities that is unmatched in Canada and uses this aptitude to deliver unique stories such as those featured in our most recent issue of CanadianCIO, and in the pages of Municipal Interface, a publication he edits on behalf of the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA).

Award-winning journalist Eric Emin Wood (centre) poses with CATA President John Reid (right) and MNP partner Eugene Ng.

In presenting the award Eugene Ng, the cyber security partner at accountancy firm MNP, highlighted the reporting that Wood has done specifically around government regulations that affect the tech industry.

Since CATA took a page from the industry it represents and turned to crowdsourcing to guide its advocacy last July, Eric Emin has dutifully spread our message far and wide, informing technology users of their rights and advocating the government to respect this most important of industries in its fiscal and regulatory policies,” Ng told the crowd, adding that Wood has “guided ITBusiness.ca to a renewed focus on digital transformation in both the private and public sectors.”

Even last night at the awards gala, Wood’s tireless work ethic was on display as he interviewed his fellow award winners (pictured in the photo above, courtesy of Helux Systems) so he could report on their successes. Yet he is humble enough that it’s left to me to write about the accolades he is receiving, something I do with pride.

It wasn’t the first time ITWC has been recognized at CATA’s annual awards gala. Just last year, our President Fawn Annan won the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation alongside Saleschoice CEO Cindy Gordon. Wood also joins good company in the alumni of winners for this journalism award, including Ottawa Business Journal’s Craig Lord in 2017 and CBC Ottawa’s Julie Ireton in 2016.

Wood may have been awarded last night, but I and the rest of his colleagues are the real winners for the opportunity to work alongside a talented and dedicated journalist.

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