ITAC extends awards submissions deadline

The Information Technology Association of Canada has given a two-week extension of its deadline to make a submission to this year’s Ingenious Awards for an organization’s best use of technology.

The deadline is now July 31. Award winners will be publicly announced at a gala dinner in Toronto on November 27.

ITAC said the program honours enterprises showing measurable evidence of productivity improvement, efficiency gains, revenue growth, overall business transformation or other organizational outcomes through the use of technology.

Organizations may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. There must be a short project description and clear evidence of the correlation between the technology and measurable business outcomes.

Previous winners include Montreal’s Pointe-de-l-Ile Community Health Center’s remote patient monitoring system, which significantly reduced the number of home visits the centre’s nurses make; the Globe and Mail’s Catalyst Program, which uses social media to connect readers and reporters; and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Data Analysis and Retrieval Technology (DART) which helps fight fraud.
The contest has five categories: large private enterprises, large public organizations, small and medium-sized private companies, small and medium-sized public organizations and not-for-profit organizations.
There are two panels of judges. The first, including Catherine Boivie, CEO of Inventure Solutions and senior vice-president of IT for Vancouver City Savings; Gary Davenport, vice-president of IT at MTS Allstream; Andrew Dillane, group CIO of Randstad Canada; Dean Doige, director of information services at Clark Builders; Michael Gladstone, CIO and executive vice-president of the International Institute of Business Analysts;  Nabil Harfoush, assistant professor at the Ontario’s OCAD University; Steve Heck, CIO of Microsoft Canada; Sharaz Khan, an industry research fellow at the Infomatics Research Centre; Rita Lazar-Tippe, director of business technology at Northlands; John Binard, director of technology innovation at Chartwell Retirement Residences; and Blaize Reich of the Segal Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University will winnow down the list.

The six-member panel that makes the final decisions will be led by Ronan McGrath, former CIO of Rogers Communications who is now a consultant, and include five other CIOs or CEOs.

IT World Canada is one of the sponsors of the awards.

For more information, see ITAC’s page here


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