GTEC Recognizes Public Sector Leaders Who Are Charting New Technology Frontiers and Improving the Lives of Canadians

Achieving Impact Through ICT Innovation, Collaboration and Digital Transformation

OTTAWA, Ontario, Sept. 7, 2016 /CNW/ -- In the face of complex challenges such as the refugee crisis, sustainable health care, economic reform, security and climate change, Canadian public sector leaders are championing novel solutions founded on innovation, collaboration and digital transformation. These trailblazers are not simply improving public service delivery – they are improving the lives of Canadians. And on November 1, 2016, GTEC will recognize key municipal, provincial and federal leaders who are charting these new technology frontiers and bolstering public sector performance and impact during its prestigious Distinction Awards.  

GTEC, Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector, today announced the distinguished Honourees of its highly-prized Distinction Awards.  Hosted just steps away from Parliament Hill at Ottawa's Shaw Centre, the annual awards recognize and celebrate Information and ICT leadership, excellence and service delivery across all three levels of government. 

Comprised of senior public and private sector executives, the GTEC Honouree Selection Committee conducted a rigorous criteria-driven evaluation process and selected 28 Honourees among the nominations received from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Up to 18 Medalists will be awarded the coveted Distinction Medal in the presence of hundreds of guests at the GTEC Distinction Awards Ceremony and Gala on November 1, 2016.  Recipients will keep esteemed company.  More than 1,200 public sector teams and individual leaders have received this distinction for excellence in public service ICT management and delivery since 1993.

"GTEC is proud to endow and celebrate Canadian leaders who are driving ICT innovation, collaboration and digital transformation, and increasing the impact of our public sector," said Michele Lajeunesse, Executive Director of GTEC. "Our 2016 Honourees truly embody the spirit of GTEC's Distinction Awards. They are demonstrating leadership and adopting novel technologies and approaches to address challenges that directly impact the lives of Canadians.  This leadership is required to help Canada realize its goals as an innovation nation."

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Backgrounder: GTEC Distinction Award Honourees

Federal Honourees: 11 Initiatives

Biometrics Infosharing
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Solutions and Information Management Branch (SIMB), Global Case Management System (GCMS)

Centrally Deployed Templates Solution (CDTS)
Employment and Social Development Canada

Correctional Service Canada, Department of Finance, Department of Justice, Communications Community Office

Federal Science Library
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/ Fisheries and Oceans Canada/ Environment and Climate Change Canada/ Health Canada/National Research Council Canada/ Natural Resources Canada/ Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada, Integrated Services Branch, Specialized Services Sector, GCSurplus

Integrated Staffing System (ISS)
Canada Revenue Agency, Information Technology Branch and Human Resources Branch / Shared Services Canada

International Experience Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Knowledge Sharing Platform
Canada Revenue Agency, Information Technology Branch & Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch

Language Comprehension Tool
Public Services and Procurement Canada, Translation Bureau, Business Strategies and Partnerships

Operation Syrian Refugee (OSR)
Canada Border Services Agency | Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada | Canada Revenue Agency | Shared Services Canada

Travel Smart App
Global Affairs Canada, E-Communications, Communications Products and Services

Provincial Honourees: 12 Initiatives

511 Alberta Citizen Reporter Program
Alberta Transportation, Safety, Policy and Engineering, Safety and Compliance Services, Dangerous Goods, Rail Safety and 511 Alberta.

Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance Project
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services/Government Services Integration Cluster/Business Solutions Branch, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services/ServiceOntario

Bank Reconciliation Services (BRS)
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Ontario Shared Services, Enterprise Financial Services and Systems Division, Enterprise Financial Systems Branch

CAC Project Management Office Transformation
Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat, Architecture, Information Management & PMO, Central Agencies I&IT Cluster

Collaborating to Modernize Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention
Government of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), Housing Programs Branch, Housing Division

CSNR Technology Services' IM/IT Support For 2015 Wildfire Season
Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Information Management Branch, CSNR Technology Services

e-Tendering Implementation Project Team
Government of Ontario, Supply Chain Ontario, Ontario Shared Services, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Healthy Smiles Ontario
Government of Ontario, ServiceOntario, Digital Services Transformation Branch/ Government Services Delivery Cluster, Business Solutions & Contact Centre Modernization/ Ministry of Finance, Central Agency Cluster & Benefits Transformation & Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Public Health Planning and Liaison Branch

ITS - Transformation
Government of Ontario, Treasury Board Secretariat, Infrastructure Technology Services

Modernization of Approvals (MofA)
Ontario Public Service (OPS), Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), Land and Resources I+IT Cluster (LRC)

OMama Website and App
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN Ontario)

Private Security Investigative Services (PSIS) Transformation Project
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, ServiceOntario, Business Improvement Division, Business Services Transformation Branch

Streamline EBS Cloning Process
Government of Ontario, Ontario Shared Services, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Enterprise Financial Systems Branch, Enterprise Financial Services and Systems Division

Municipal Honourees: 4 Initiatives

Open City Initiative
City of Edmonton, Open City & Innovation Branch, Financial & Corporate Services

Parenting in Ottawa Websites & Facebook pages
Ottawa Public Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Branch

Urban Development Incentives Program Web-Mapping App
The City of Saint John, Geographic Information Systems, Growth and Community Development

YorkInfo Partnership - Self Serve Data Depot
The Regional Municipality of York, Data, Analytics and Visualization Services Branch, Corporate Services

About GTEC

GTEC is Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector.  Since 1993, GTEC has brought together more than 100,000 public and private sector innovators, leaders and enterprises to explore and drive leading-edge ICT initiatives, application and service delivery.  Building on targeted webinars, summits, and roundtables that stimulate dialogue throughout the year, GTEC's annual flagship Conference and Exhibition attracts more than 4,500 participants, and delivers:

  • Education and training opportunities that develop top ICT talent
  • A robust conference program with compelling keynote presentations and panels on current strategies, opportunities and trends
  • An extensive exhibition showcasing emerging technologies, innovations, and solutions that enhance productivity and performance
  • A wealth of collaboration, business development and networking opportunities
  • Distinction Awards that celebrate ICT excellence in Canada's public sector

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