OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW/ - Experts from across Canada have come together
to select the most impactful .CA websites. Their highly valued
knowledge and industry experience in eLearning, small business, not-for profit and
web technology and design means ensures that the best websites will be
recognized and honoured with a .CA Impact Award.
The .CA Impact Awards celebrate people and organizations using their .CA
websites to make a positive difference in the lives of their users and
their communities. Impact can be social, cultural, political,
technological, or economic.
The judging panel is comprised of the following seven members:
Tony Bates: President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd., a consulting firm in
Vancouver. He has authored nine books and has given hundreds of talks
on the importance of technology in higher education.
David Molenhuis: National Chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students which assists
students and provides them a united voice to change policy provincially
Catherine Swift: Chairwoman, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business. She has a depth of experience in the federal
government with the Departments of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and
Industry and Communications. She was also a Senior Economist with the
Maggie Leithead: President and CEO of Charity Village and Webmaster of Charity
Village.com, an online source of information, news, jobs, services and
resources for the Canadian non-profit community. Ever since she bought
her first Commodore Vic 20, she has had a deep interest in computers
Karen Branscombe: Superintendent of New Brunswick's largest school district and a leader
in developing Professional Learning Communities. In 2010, she was
recognized as one of the most powerful women by the Women's Executive
Network. She is an avid volunteer and is a past board member of the
United Way and the Moncton Rotary Club.
Jean-Guy Rens - Senior Vice President of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
(CATA), the largest high-tech association in Canada. He specializes in
public policy and marketing assistance for the introduction of new
products and services. He has produced many independent studies
revolving around the IT market in Canada.
Ben Lewis - Ben Lewis holds a Master's degree in Communications and Culture from
Ryerson University. He has authored papers on the dangers of
restrictive copyright legislation, public space on the Internet, and
the use of Internet technologies in Canadian universities and colleges.
He likes to build things with pixels, blocks, and acrylic paint.
Websites are evaluated based on four categories of expertise:
Small Business - celebrating a company whose website or application has helped a
business contribute to its community, foster sales or create jobs.
eLearning - recognizing youth and educators who use their .CA website to share
knowledge and promote education.
Not-for-Profit - distinguishing an NGO or association whose website or application is
making a difference in the lives of members, donors, or the public.
Web Technology and Design - recognizing individuals and organizations for innovation and impact
in enhancing the speed, reliability, practicality and/or security of
the Internet for all users.
The top winners of each category will win $5,000 and their names will be
announced at the Awards Gala on the opening night of mesh in Toronto on May 25, 2011.
For more information about the CIRA .CA Impact Awards visit us and check
out our video at www.impactawards.ca or follow-us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and slideshare.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the member-driven
organization that manages Canada's .CA domain name registry, develops
and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and
represents the .CA registry internationally.
SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
For further information:
Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing
613-237-5335 ext. 296