TORONTO—The winners of The Quest for Canada’s Smartest & Greenest IT Departments, a joint initiative by Info-Tech Research Group Ltd. and IT World Canada Inc., were unveiled at a Wednesday evening gala event following a four-month cross-Canada search.
In the Smartest IT category, Blue Mountain Resorts won for Business Enablement, and Dufferin-Peele Catholic District School Board for Community Empowerment.
In the Greenest IT category, Earth Rangers won for Business Enablement, and Professional Engineers of Ontario for Community Empowerment.
In the Wow Factor category, the winner was the Hospital for Sick Children.
James Alexander, senior vice-president with the London, Ont.-based research firm and chief enthusiasm officer for the Quest, told the audience the initiative is about showcasing and appreciating the incredible accomplishments of Canadian IT pros.
“We have a special appreciation for the job they do day in and day out,” said Alexander. “Most of the time IT is talked about only when there is a problem.”
Collingwood, Ont.-based Blue Mountain Resorts adopted virtualization to support the many apps across the organization, and invested in business intelligence software to manage and reap value from fragmented data.
With a variety of resort services including athletic activities, hotels and gift shops, John Gowers, Blue Mountain’s IT director, told the audience it was important to integrate disparate IT systems on a common platform. “It is a very diverse environment,” said Gowers, whose IT department has impressively experienced no turnover in the last decade.