Just as athletes learn to excel by emulating winners of competitive medals, Canadian organizations can thrive by learning from the best, the winners of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA), which recognize users of technology for their initiative, leadership and foresight in applying information and communications technologies for competitive gain.

CIPA, Canada’s oldest and largest national awards program in the field of information technology, invites entries for its14th annual competition. Deadline for submissions is May 16.

“We’re looking for the Olympians of Canadian business innovation,” said Norm Kirkpatrick, CIPA President & CEO. “This program is becoming increasingly important to our economic culture.”

Entries for the competition are gathered every spring with the help of industry leaders, national trade associations and media partner IT World Canada, publisher of CIO Canada, which sponsors the CIO of the Year Award, last year captured by Matt Anderson, CIO of Toronto-based University Health Network.

Past CIPA winners include both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations, large and small. Financial institutions, entrepreneurial enterprises, educational and healthcare organizations, and governments and government agencies all compete in the CIPA program.

Winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala banquet in Toronto in November. They will also gain national and international recognition through the CIPA Web site and through CIO Canada and other IT World Canada publications.

A full description of the entry rules, categories and success stories on past winners can be found at www.cipa.com.