CATA WIT Forum recognizes Julia Elvidge with Sara Kirke Award - Chipworks' president acknowledged as one of Canada's leading high tech entrepreneurs

    OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Chipworks, ( the leader
in reverse engineering and technical analysis of semiconductors and
microelectronic systems today announced that the Canadian Advanced Technology
Association - Women in Technology Forum (CATA WIT Forum) has named Julia
Elvidge, president of Chipworks as a co-winner of the Sara Kirke Award
recognizing her as one of Canada's leading high tech entrepreneurs.
    The Sara Kirke Award winners were announced this evening at CATA's
Innovation Awards Gala. The award was presented by the Honourable Harinder
Takhar, Ontario's minister for small business and entrepreneurship. This award
acknowledges the women who have shown outstanding technological innovation and
corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the
frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. This is the second time
that this award has been handed out to co-winners; sharing the award with
Julia Elvidge is Dr. Suhayya Abu-Hakima, president, co-founder and CEO of
    "We are pleased to recognize Julia Elvidge's accomplishments in Canada's
high tech community," says John Reid, president CATA. "She has made
significant contributions to the future of women in the semiconductor and
microelectronics industry. She has made a profound impact and will continue to
be a role model to young women making their career decisions today."
    "Chipworks is proud of Julia's achievements inside and outside of
technology" says Terry Ludlow, CEO and founder of Chipworks. "She is an
exceptional leader and communicator. Julia's technical skills, business
skills, curiosity and knowledge have helped to grow Chipworks from a two
person operation, to one of more than 120 persons and a worldwide presence."

    Julia Elvidge has been with Chipworks since 1993 where she progressed
through senior roles in all areas of the Company and was appointed president
in 2003.

    Sara Kirke is considered by many to be North America's first
entrepreneur. Sara Kirke arrived in Newfoundland in 1638 with her husband
David Kirke, who was soon recalled to England. Sara, however, continued to
reside in Avalon, and conducted business as usual from the Pool Plantation.
Lady Kirke was a remarkable individual as she managed affairs at the Pool
Plantation and became one of the most successful merchants on the English
Shore - and was almost certainly North America's first and foremost woman

    About Chipworks

    Chipworks is an internationally recognized technical services company
that analyzes the circuitry and physical composition of semiconductors and
electronic systems. Our services include a wide range of applications in
patent licensing support and competitive study. For more than 14 years,
Chipworks has successfully helped semiconductor and electronics organizations
achieve their goals by supporting research and development efforts in
strategic product development and patent portfolio management. Headquartered
in Ottawa, Ontario, Chipworks has offices in Warsaw, Poland; Seoul, Korea;
Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The Company is represented in Israel.

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