We’ve covered five of the Ottawa-based industry organization Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA)’s video interviews with the winners of its 33rd Annual Innovation and Leadership Awards, but the truth is every clip deserves your attention, and this slideshow aims to rectify that.

As CATA CEO John Reid (above) put it in a July 29 statement, the Awards’ winners and sponsors “have shown that they are innovators and community leaders, open to sharing their insights and career guidance with others.”

Read – or rather, watch – on for insights from business leaders hailing from Intuit Inc., MNP, the Telfer School of Management, and more!

Reformulary Group Inc. founder and CEO Helen Stevenson, one of two winners of the CATA Telus Outstanding Product Achievement Award for Mobility Health Innovation in Canada’s health care sector, on delivering value to employers and Canadians:

HRSG CEO and founder Suzanne Simpson, who won the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (and was interviewed about mentorship by ITBusiness.ca), on vision, talent, and not giving up:

Robyn Ouimet, director of advancement with the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, which sponsored the CATA Telfer Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology Award, on the importance of knowledge, connections, and experience to leadership:

Estateably Inc. founder and CEO Ari Brodje, whose company sponsored the CATA Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation Leadership, on the importance and value of education as keys to success:

Media Sonar CEO David Struke, winner of the CATA Motorola Solutions Award for Public Safety Technology, on the importance of galvanzied purpose and great talent:

Intuit Inc. vice president of corporate affairs and global public policy Rodney MacDonald, winner of the ICTC Award for Strategic HR Management, on building a diverse workforce:

MNP cyber security partner Eugene Ng, whose company sponsored the CATA MNP Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting Award (won by ITBusiness.ca’s own Mr. Wood), on the importance of core values and delivering on those values to clients:

Brightsquid CEO Rohit Joshi, the second of two winners of the CATA Telus Outstanding Product Achievement Award for Mobility health innovation in Canada’s health care sector, on the power of building and maintaining a strong company mission:

Making the Most of Her MBA Award winner Emma Azzi on encouraging inclusive, diverse teamwork:

Offset Market Exchange (OMX) founder and CEO Nicole Verkindt (also interviewed by ITBusiness.ca about mentorship), who won the CATA Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation Leadership, on being close to customers.


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Eric Emin Wood
Former IT World Canada associate editor turned consultant with public relations firm Porter Novelli. When not writing for the tech industry enjoys photography, movies, travelling, the Oxford comma, and will talk your ear off about animation if you give him an opening.

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