Ingenious Awards Will Showcase Excellence In the Use of Technology

OTTAWA, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - A new awards program created by ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, will showcase excellence in the use of information and communications technology by organizations of all sizes in all sectors of the Canadian economy. The Ingenious Awards Program will seek out enterprises demonstrating clearly measurable evidence of productivity improvement, efficiency gains, revenue growth, overall business transformation or other major business outcomes through the use of technology. Awards will be presented in five categories honouring excellence in technology use in large private enterprises, large public organizations, small and medium-sized private enterprises, small and medium-sized public enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations. Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Toronto on June 14, 2011. The stories of the winning entries will be published in an online magazine and distributed across Canada later in 2011.

The awards were created by ITAC to celebrate the ingenuity, adaptability and competitiveness of Canadian business. "Across the country Canadians in all walks of life are demonstrating a tremendous aptitude for using technology to drive business competitiveness, improve service delivery, reduce costs and address huge 21st century problems such as providing affordable healthcare, ending isolation and safeguarding the sustainability of our environment," said Bernard Courtois, president and CEO of ITAC. "In the process they are helping to build a stronger, more robust economy and a more just and equitable society. The ICT industry believes that this great contribution is something to celebrate."

Bell Canada, CGI, Cisco, Dell Canada and Intel of Canada are, along with ITAC, the founding sponsors of the Ingenious Awards Program.

"The founders of this program all share the belief that improving the productivity and competitiveness of Canada's economy through the use of technology is imperative to our future prosperity," Mr. Courtois said. "We know that while there are many, many examples of excellence in the use of technology to innovate or to completely transform organizations, overall in Canada, we are not using technology at the same rate as other competitor nations. We also know that the most persuasive way to encourage organizations to use technology is through peer-to-peer exchange of best practices among companies and other organizations. The Ingenious Awards Program provides a mechanism for facilitating that peer-to-peer exchange in a sustained fashion."

The nominations process for this inaugural round of Ingenious Awards opened today. Candidates are required to submit a short project description and clear evidence of the correlation between the technology and measurable business outcomes. Nominations will be accepted until March 30. Judging will be conducted by panels of judges, by the CIO Association of Canada and by Ronan McGrath, a distinguished former CIO and past chair of ITAC.

Nomination forms, rules and regulations and other information can be found at the Ingenious Awards Program website (www.ingeniousawards.ca).

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry. ITAC represents a diverse ICT community spanning telecommunications and internet services, ICT consulting services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. ITAC's community of companies accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 572,700 jobs, $155.3-billion in revenue, $6.2-billion in R&D investment, $30.4-billion in exports and $11-billion in capital expenditures that the ICT industry contributes annually to the Canadian economy. The ICT sector currently represents 4.9 per cent of Canada's gross domestic product (GDP) and accounted for 9.4 per cent of all real GDP growth since 2002. ITAC is a prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada's innovative capacity and for stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of technology.

SOURCE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

For further information: Lynda Leonard, Senior Vice President, ITAC, (613) 238-4822 ext. 223; Brendan Glauser, Manager of Communications, ITAC, (613) 238-4822 ext. 224

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