ITAC calling for Ingenious Awards nominations

If you know a company that is accomplishing some amazing things in the information and communications technology (ICT) field, here’s your chance to help it get the recognition it deserves.

Ottawa-based Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) has opened up its call for nominations for the 2014 Ingenious Awards. In its third year, the awards show recognizes excellence in the innovative use of ICT to achieve greater productivity efficiency or other enterprise goals. There’s five categories for awards including: large private enterprise, large public organization, small or medium-sized private enterprise, small or medium-sized public organizations, and not-for profit organization.

“The Ingenious Awards Program is the cornerstone in ITAC’s communications advocacy for more robust adoption of ICT across the whole Canadian economy,” said ITAC President and CEO Karna Gupta in a statement. “By identifying and showcasing excellence in the use of technology to achieve outstanding, quantifiable business results, we present a forum for peer-to-peer education and inspiration among large-, medium- and small-sized organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.”

Nominations will be accepted until June 30 for organizations that have completed qualifying projects in the past two years. The awards show will be held Nov. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. Nominations undergo a two-tier judging process from the executives on the CIO Association of Canada and a final judging process involving five senior CIOs and CEOs. Judges for this year include Catherine Boivie, the CEO of Inventure Solutions (and Community Blogger); Gary Davenport, the president of the CIO Association of Canada; and Steve Heck, CIO of Microsoft Canada.

Find out more information on the Ingenious Awards website.

Here’s a rundown of last year’s winners:

  • Not-For-Profit: The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, whose Artemis project applies a ‘big data’ approach to analyzing the progress of premature infants.
  • Small/Medium Public: Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, which used open source and cloud-based technologies to streamline the way it does property assessments.
  • Small/Medium Private: GrowSafe Systems, which is applying data-mining techniques to measure individual animal information for the cattle industry.
  • Large Public: Public Works and Government Services Canada, whose Transformation of Pension Administration project is delivering on its promise to improve efficiency in government services and reduce costs to taxpayers.
  • Large Private: Dundee Precious Metals, which adapted several existing technologies for use far beneath the Earth’s surface in Europe’s largest gold mine, and realized spectacular improvements in efficiency.


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