editor wins journalism award from CATA

Members of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance this week bestowed one of their highest honours to a member of the Transcontinental IT Business Group editorial team.

As part of its 21st annual Innovation Awards program, CATA singled out Shane Schick, editor of, for the High Road Communications Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting. According to the nomination form, the award is given to “a journalist or writer raising the public profile of science and technology and contributing to the building of a science and technology culture in Canada.” The Innovation Awards were handed out during a ceremony in Ottawa earlier this week. 

Schick joined the IT Business Group when it was still owned by Plesman Communications as a staff writer for Computer Dealer News in 1997. He was appointed the group’s first full-time online editor in 2000, and launched and its associated newsletter, IT Business update a year later.

“Shane exemplifies journalistic integrity and finely honed news judgment, providing great service to his readers. His keen intelligence and engaging writing style results in analytical, investigative stories that examine the trends, products and people impacting the Canadian technology industry,” CATA said. “Shane is a respected leader in his field. Shane’s uniquely Canadian perspective is constantly demonstrated through his writing, with his uncanny knack for finding the Canadian angle in every trend story.”

Finalists for the award included Grant Buckler, a former editor of Computing Canada and a frequent contributor to Neil Sutton,’s assistant editor, has also been a finalist for the award.

Other honourees at the event included Redknee Inc, which won for Outstanding Project Achievement, and Iotum Corp., which won the Company Emerging Technology Award.

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