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.
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
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
Please visit www.pwc.com/ca/vision2reality for more details on eligibility requirements and to submit a nomination
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or David Rowney, (416) 365-8858, email@example.com for more information.
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