Finalists for ITAC awards released

A telehealth service for Canada’s north, a cloud archiving system and tablet-based consumer survey solution for retailers are among the 19 finalists that qualified for this year’s ITAC Ingenious Awards.

The Information Technology Association of Canada holds an annual awards ceremony to honour excellence in the use of technology by Canadian-based organizations.

“The nominations were impressive, and clearly demonstrate the integral role information technology plays across sectors ranging from financial services to the marine industry,” ITAC CEO Karna Gupta said in a statement. “On behalf of ITAC and the Ingenious Awards Program, I want to thank all the organizations that participated in the call for entries. You made it very tough for the judging panel.”

Judges from the CIO Association of Canada evaluated 57 entries looking for clear demonstrations of measurable achievement and innovation related to the use of information and communications technology.

A second panel of five judges will review the finalist submissions and determine the winners, who will be announced at the Ingenious Awards Gala Dinner on Nov. 27 in Toronto.

The nominees include

Cisco Canada. Project: Connected North

A networking and collaboration solution bringing education services to remote, underserved Aboriginal and Inuit communities across Canada’s north. The innovation targets the high dropout rates of Aboriginal, and particularly, Inuit youth.

Shepell fgi. Project: My EAP Mobile Device Application

From an employee assistance firm, an app that offers new ways for individuals  to access work, health, and life  counselling and support services globally in a private and confidential manner.

TELUS Health. Project: Enhancing Medication Management with TELUS Health Pharma Space

A system that connect patients with their pharmacists, making medication management safer, and wellness more accessible.

TMX Group. Project: TMX Quantum XA Equity Trading System

An ultra low latency equity trading system used the by country’s biggest stock exchange.

Alberta Health. Project:  Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry (AOTDR)

A searchable, signed consent data base system with witness signatures that provides a stronger statement to donors’ families. It was created to address the issue of declining organ and tissue donor rates.

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. Project: Personal Health Records Demonstration Project

A project enabling the secure sharing of specific clinically-relevant patient information by linking together three provincial hospital information systems, integrating a patient’s information into one record, and providing authorized health care providers with a provider-centric view access to these patient records.

St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener, Ont. Project: Public Posting of Real-Time Emergency Department Wait Times

Creation of a tool that allows individuals without access to a family doctor to make better informed choices about seeking the right care, at the right time, in the right place. The tool lets patients  know what to expect if they come to the emergency department and provides them with alternatives.

University Health Network, Toronto. Project:University Health Network (UHN)- GTA West Diagnostic Imaging Repository

A centralized data storage system connecting 300 radiologists and 10,000 clinical end-users at 19 hospitals across 36 location with seamless access to each other’s diagnostic imaging studies.

Global Relay Communications. Project: Mission Critical Messaging Data Finds a Home in the Cloud

A self-service cloud archiving system that scales data storage to clients evolving needs.

LaserAge Inc., Hamilton, Ont. Project: Print Services Enter the Modern Age of Managed Services

The transformation of a DOS-based printing service and supply company into a modern firm driven by a cloud-based, integrated CRM, services and billing.


Merchlar, Montreal. Project:J.P. Morgan Cisco Phone Guide (Pilot Project)

An augmented reality and emerging technologies solution that guides employees through simple tasks on Cisco Video Phone using smart devices. 

MicroMetrics, Ottawa. Project: MicroMetrics Customer Insight Platform

A tablet-based micro-survey platform that can be deployed in retail or commercial spaces where customers can provide real-time feedback quickly and easily.

TSO Logic, Vancouver. Project: Green technology allows data centres to save massive amounts of energy

Software offering new way for companies to reduce server energy waste.


Government of New Brunswick Executive Council Office. Project: Security Event Management Centre (SEMC), Government of New Brunswick

A cyber-infrastructure security system to ensure uniform security and the consistency of the IT Infrastructure spend across government.


Horizon Utilities Corp., Hamilton, Ont. Project: CRM Tool

A tool to manage business activities like account management, performance analysis and market segmentation  within the company’s Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) department as part of a wider mandate to deliver on defined energy savings objectives.


British Columbia Maritime Employers Assn. Project: Fail-Safe Longshore Dispatch System Reassures Reliability at Canada’s Largest Marine Port

A new dispatch system that is easy to manage, troubleshoot and maintain while addressing the systems overall needs of speed, reliability and ability to handle and process complex information.


Calgary Lab Services. Project: Mobile Collection Services Automated Messaging Solution

An automated alert system reminding long term care, supportive living and community patients of pending appointments with the Calgary lab’s mobile collection service offering bloodwork and/or ECGs.


Edululu, Project:  Edululu

An iOS/Android app that provide timely, accurate, trusted information on educational mobile apps to parents, educators and the general public in Ontario and beyond.


Halifax International Airport Authority. Project:Self-Service Baggage Drop

A self-service bag drop solution that allows passenger to check their baggage themselves without the assistance of an airline representative at a kiosk.


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