Nominations now open to Canada's emerging technology companies for 2011 Innovator of the Year Award: PwC

TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - PwC is pleased to announce nominations are now open for the first annual 2011 Innovator of the Year Award, a key part of PwC's Vision to Reality Awards program that celebrates growth and innovation in Canada's emerging technology sector. The 2011 Innovator of the Year Award will acknowledge the Canadian company that has best demonstrated both the development of an innovative technology solution and the commercialization of that solution. The innovation must be new, unique and a 'game changer' - with demonstrated customer acceptance.

To apply
Interested companies are encouraged to visit www.pwc.com/ca/vision2reality between now and March 31, 2011 to complete the online nomination form which includes providing a brief description of the company, its products/services, revenues to date and expected revenue growth. Anyone associated with a successful technology company can submit a nomination, including employees, corporate advisors and financiers.

Once the nomination phase is closed, a shortlist of companies will be selected by an independent panel of judges based on a review of the nomination forms. From this stage a group of finalists will be announced on April 26, 2011. Winners will be announced on May 2, 2011 and honoured at PwC's 2011 Connecting Vision to Reality Conference on May 11, 2011.

Finalists are evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on in person discussions with management about the technology, results to date and criteria including vision and leadership, financial accomplishment and strategic direction.

This year's selection committee includes the following members of Canada's technology and financial communities:

  • Derek Peper, Global VP Alliances, RIM
  • Rick Moscone, Partner, Securities Law Group, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
  • Mark Usher, Partner, Wellington Financial LP
  • Howard Gwin, Partner, Bridgescale Partners
  • Mark Stirling, Vice President, Investments, Growthworks Capital

"To be a world leader in technology, Canadian companies must be able to not only develop leading edge technologies, but also to sell them," says Peter Matutat, National Leader of PwC's Emerging Company practice. "These awards are designed to recognize and honour companies whose outstanding achievements have made them some of Canada's most successful technology companies. These companies have made a difference in Canada by having the courage to share their visions, and then turn them into the reality of revenues, profit, and benefits to the industry."

Key dates
Nominations open: February 23, 2011
Nominations closed: March 31, 2011
Shortlist selected and interview period: April 6 - April 22, 2011
Finalists announced: April 26, 2011
Judging process: April 27 - April 29, 2011
Winner announced: May 2, 2011
Winner will be honoured at PwC's 2011 Vision to Reality Conference: May 11, 2011

Please visit www.pwc.com/ca/vision2reality for more details on eligibility requirements and to submit a nomination form.

Connecting Vision to Reality 2011
Connecting Vision to Reality 2011 is PwC's eighth annual one-day conference in Toronto for CEOs of emerging Canadian software companies. This year's keynote speaker is Jeremy Gutsche, founder of TrendHunter.com. The results of PwC's 2011 Report on Emerging Canadian Companies will also be released at the event. Please contact Kiran Chauhan, (416) 947-8983, kiran.chauhan@ca.pwc.com or David Rowney, (416) 365-8858, david.rowney@ca.pwc.com  for more information.

About PwC
PwC firms provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for their clients. More than 161,000 people in 154 countries in firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. See www.pwc.com for more information. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (www.pwc.com/ca) and its related entities have more than 5,300 partners and staff in offices across the country.

"PwC" is the brand under which member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwCIL) operate and provide services. Together, these firms form the PwC network. Each firm in the network is a separate legal entity and does not act as agent of PwCIL or any other member firm. PwCIL does not provide any services to clients. PwCIL is not responsible or liable for the acts or omissions of any of its member firms nor can it control the exercise of their professional judgment or bind them in any way.

PwC Name Change
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For further information:

Kiran Chauhan, PwC
Tel: +1 (416) 947 8983
e-mail: kiran.chauhan@ca.pwc.com
OR:

David Rowney, PwC
Tel: 416 365 8858
email: david.rowney@ca.pwc.com

For more details, go to www.pwc.com/ca/vision2reality

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