Ingenious Awards honour five organizations for innovative IT projects

The country’s biggest IT group is again looking to honour Canadian-based organizations that have been innovative in the use of technology in the last two years.

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), which represents some 33,000 companies across the nation, has opened nominations for its third annual Ingenious Awards.  Nominations close June 30. The winners will be revealed at a Nov. 27 gala in Toronto.

The winners in five categories — large private enterprise, large public organization, small- or medium-sized private enterprise, small- or medium-sized public organization, 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,” ITAC CEO Karna Gupta said 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.

“In addition to recognizing outstanding achievement in the use of technology, our goal is to inspire organizations to apply ICT more creatively, which will lead to a more productive and innovative Canadian economy.”

To be eligible for nomination organizations must be Canadian and the project must have taken place in Canada and have been completed no earlier than June 2012.

ICT executives from the CIO Association of Canada will do the initial judging, with final judging conducted by five senior CIOs and CEOs.

Last year’s winners included the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Artemis project, which uses a cloud-based platform for processing big data on premature children under care at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and two other hospitals; the Ontario Municipal Property Assessment Corp.’s Web site that allows homeowners to do property assessment comparisons; Alberta startup GrowSafe, which analyzes data gathered from RFID tags on cows in feedlots to monitor animal health; the federal Public Works department for an system allowing active and retired civil servants to get up-to-the-minute pension information online; and Dundee Precious Metals for its digital information management system for mines.

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