The TechConnex Technology Leadership Awards is an annual top level GTA technology business event to celebrate 15 GTA technology companies as nominees for industry leadership recognition; as well as two individuals for exceptional personal contributions to the sector.
This year's Technology Leadership Awards will be Thursday, June 16th 2016 at the York Mills Gallery in Toronto. The ceremonies and formal dinner will wrap around viewings of the Nominees Showcase – an industry theatre profiling the nominees’ achievements displayed throughout the grand entrance.
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This award recognizes the organization that has demonstrated business leadership and excellence in innovation and a commitment to the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region and possibly throughout Canada. Consideration in this category requires increasing profitability, community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound business fundamentals. A minimum of 8 years in business is required for judges to investigate the organizations’ growth and track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.
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This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and a commitment to the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region while consistently reaching new customers or delivering new services within an existing customer, increasing revenues, adding employees, encouraging community involvement and embracing sound business fundamentals. A minimum of three and maximum of ten years in operation is required for judges to investigate positive growth and a proven track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.
This award is presented to a Greater Toronto Region based organization that has the greatest potential to demonstrate excellence in their business, and while embracing a commitment to the knowledge-based sector have steadily increased revenue, added employees, and embraced sound business fundamentals including the addition of an advisory board or board of directors. This category is reserved for operations that have been established for three years or less. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.
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This award recognizes an organization from within the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region that has demonstrated market innovation and successful export growth to reach new customers or deliver new services within an existing customer, increasing internationally sourced revenues, adding employees in the GTA while also encouraging community involvement and demonstrating sound business fundamentals. A minimum of three years in operation is required for judges to investigate positive growth and a proven track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.
This award recognizes the company or organization characterized as contributing in the role of tech enabler or “professional advisor or services” that has demonstrated business leadership innovation and excellence in a commitment to the growth and expansion of companies within the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region. Consideration in this category requires increasing levels of community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound business relationships in the role as trusted advisor to tech business leaders. A minimum of 5 years in business is required for judges to investigate the organizations’ sustained commitment to the sector and business track record. A confidential process will be used to validate key performance data.
This award recognizes the individual who has demonstrated insight and forethought in building business relationships, thought leadership and excellence in innovation with a commitment to the growth and recognition of the knowledge-based sector in the Greater Toronto Region and possibly throughout Canada. Consideration in this category requires recognition for community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound advocacy as well as business fundamentals. A minimum of 20 years involvement in technology business, government service, or a Tech Enabling role is required for judges to investigate the appropriateness of the award nominee in this category. A confidential process will be used to validate key selection criteria.
TechConnex started 34 years ago with an idea to create a community where technology leaders can openly share expertise, build trusted networks, and learn from their peers. To bring this idea to life, TechConnex relies heavily on the very generous participation of volunteers who give their time, talent, and expertise to the development of the programs that build the TechConnex community. In fact, every year TechConnex benefits from over 15,000 hours of volunteer time from senior executives and leaders from within the GTA tech community. The Community Builder Award recognizes an TechConnex member that has demonstrated a passion for TechConnex and its community. They are committed to creating valuable programs, building networks, and evangelizing on behalf of the Alliance. A confidential process will be used to validate key selection criteria.
The Selection & Judging Process
Nominations for consideration in any of the categories being presented are welcome from anyone in the tech community of the Greater Toronto Region, including self-nominations. Any member of TechConnex as well as any member of the Board of Directors may sponsor a nominee candidate in any of the categories outlined.
All nominations will be judged by the combined Awards and Board subcommittees, which will make a recommendation to the operations committee of the board for the final decision on award recipients. The operations committee will make the final selection and determinations on these awards. ( all information is kept private and never disclosed to any other parties )
The award nominations are open to either TechConnex member or non-member companies in the Greater Toronto geographic area. These awards are in alignment with the objectives of TechConnex: to raise the profile of the Tech Cluster and provide recognition for the work of our innovative and entrepreneurial companies to foster the growth of the tech community in Central Ontario.
Nominations are accepted from companies nominating themselves for consideration; or from their professional service advisers, clients or partners where those organizations believe the nominee would meet the award criteria.
Nominations will close Thursday March 17, 2016
2016 Award Nomination
About the Gala & Showcase
It is the time for tech: Canadian businesses everywhere are gaining productivity and profitability through the effective implementation of technology.The event is a celebration of tech business success as the tech community is brought together to recognize business excellence in the technology sector of the GTA.
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Past Awards Recipients and Nominees
Tech Company of the Year
ISA is a Toronto based Internet Securities Firm
Momentum Company of the Year
has focused on developing and going to market with an innovative Sales
Performance Management Solution
Most Promising Start Up
technology is based on recent advancements in machine learning and cloud
Market Expansion Leader
Medgate is the first Environmental, Health and Safety (“EHS”) software firm to include an integrated drug database and electronic prescription functionality.
BNOTIONS is a Mobile Strategy, Data & Analytics Innovation Firm. We are the partner of choice for organizations with the desire to disrupt through innovation.
Integrated Insight Environment (i2e) is an enterprise platform designed to integrate all critical BI processes.
This award recognizes the individual who has demonstrated insight and forethought in building business relationships, thought leadership and excellence in innovation with a commitment to the growth and recognition of the knowledge-based sector in the GTA and possibly throughout Canada. Consideration in this category requires recognition for community involvement and thought leadership, and demonstration of sound advocacy as well as business fundamentals.
TechConnex (YTA) started 30 years ago with an idea to create a community where technology leaders can openly share expertise, build trusted networks, and learn from their peers. To bring this idea to life, TechConnex relies heavily on the very generous participation of volunteers who give their time, talent, and expertise to the development of the programs that build the community. In fact, every year TechConnex benefits from over 10,000 hours of volunteer time from senior executives and leaders from within the GTA tech community. The Community Builder Award recognizes an TechConnex member that has demonstrated a passion for TechConnex and its community. They are committed to creating valuable programs, building networks, and evangelizing on behalf of the Alliance. A confidential process will be used to validate key selection criteria.
Markham based BrainFX develops digital clinical assessment tools for neurofunction. Via secure web profiles, individuals report their medical history, symptoms (physical, mood, behavioural, social), daily activities, and quality of life. The system incorporates feedback from the individual’s family and peers to create a comprehensive profile of their health and quality of life. Through tablet-based game-like activities, BrainFX discerns subtle impairments by measuring more complex skills.
Myplanet is a rapidly growing design and technology company specializing in the process and practice of envisioning, designing and building digital products. Their expertise rests of three key pillars: lean user experience design, agile product development, and open source software. Based in Toronto, their team now numbering 80 staff represents a full complement of designers, user researchers, developers, QA specialists, and business analysts. Myplanet doesn’t do campaigns; instead they focus on products and platforms that have a real impact on their clients’ users and businesses – a key driver of their phenomenal growth. Last year they were finalists for the Startup Award!
Illumiti is a systems integration and management consulting company with offices in Canada, the U.S. and Switzerland, serving customers globally. Its team enables customers to realize their vision by leveraging technology, people and leading business practices. Illumiti helps its clients achieve optimized operations in the key areas at the core of their business, by implementing custom-fit solutions from SAP and other vendors faster, at a lower cost, and at a lower risk than other alternatives. Illumiti is an SAP gold channel partner and has received the SAP Business All-in-One Partner of the Year, Canada award the past three years in a row. Illumiti is also one of the fastest-growing SAP channel partners in the U.S.
GuestLogix (GXI:TSX), the leading global provider of onboard retail and payment technology, brings over a decade of expertise as a trusted onboard transaction processing partner to airlines, rail operators and the passenger travel industry. The company is partnered with global leaders in catering, duty-free and in-flight entertainment, offering complete onboard retailing services to airlines and rail operators worldwide.
Presented to Robert Lane of Toronto, a regular participant in Peer2Peer exchanges sharing his lifetime of leading and learning in technology and related industry. Bob has worked with and advised some of the top business leaders in North America and around the globe and he serves as a Board Member or Advisor to various companies and organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Notable career achievements include executive roles at Commodore International (Commodore 64), Nortel, General Electric, and International Paper.
David Burnett, CEO of End to End Networks has a passionate spirit which embodies the values of Quality Integrity and Balance. His vision and leadership has produced a thriving organization that is committed to service excellence.David has dedicated 40 years to the IT industry. He specializes in the areas of operations and communications and has utilized his expertise to build a successful foundation for his employees. He has spearheaded countless strategies for all departments, positioning the company as a leading edge Managed Services Provider. David has been growing the business by introducing innovative strategies, developing strong relationship, and keeping abreast of industry trends.
Start-Up of the Year
CoreFour was founded in 2010 by four veterans of the software industry who have been developing globally successful products together for over 25 years. CoreFour's first product is called Edsby. Edsby blends secure social networking with advanced class and student management to create the world's best education engagement platform.
Momentum Company of the Year
Nulogy was started by a group of University of Waterloo engineering graduates with experience in several successful technology companies, as well as a professor with extensive research and consulting experience.Nulogy's flagship product, PackManager, is used by packagers, manufacturers, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies across four continents. The cloud-based solution provides real-time visibility, traceability, quality, and cost information through a user-friendly interfac
Company of the Year
Founded in 1982, PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems to process aerial and satellite imagery. The company provides integrated Esri imagery workflows, standalone image processing capabilities, and large volume processing throughput, giving customers the ability to produce high-quality image products. The company has set the standard in remote sensing and image processing tools offering customized solutions to the geomatics community in over 135 countries.
Krista LaRiviere, gShift Labs
Krista LaRiviere is an entrepreneur to the core. Having purchased her first business (a paper route) at age nine, she is on a constant mission to achieve business success. Krista co-founded cgk Technologies Group (1999) and Hot Banana Software (2004), both of which were purchased by Lyris, Inc in 2006. gShift Labs is Krista’s third start up and her vision is to execute the business plan textbook style.
Krista holds a degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) and a post-graduate degree in Information Technology. She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her leadership and business success including being named by the BDC as one of Canada’s Top Ten Young Entrepreneurs and being honoured by Nipissing University as Alumni of the Year .
While not working, Krista spends time with her family, is an active Rotarian and sits on a handful of volunteer boards and software Advisory Boards.
Ryan Smith, Solidifi Inc.
Ryan Smith brings more than 10 years of experience in mortgage technologies to Solidifi. Ryan has overall responsibility for Solidifi’s product design, delivery and infrastructure.
Throughout his career Ryan has demonstrated experience in building solutions for the Canadian and U.S. mortgage industries and has gained extensive knowledge and involvement in real estate collateral assessment and mortgage processing.
Ryan has held various executive positions at multiple organizations within the industry. As Vice President at Basis100, Ryan lead business units responsible for point-of-sale applications designed for mortgage brokers, and managed the development and implementation of an automated underwriting system for lending institutions. Ryan also led the market requirements and delivery of a U.S. collateral assessment solution which brought the leading AVM and appraisal companies onto a single order platform.
Harry Zarek is the President and CEO of Compugen.
Founded in 1981, Compugen is Canada's largest privately-owned IT services provider, offering a complete design-build-run-maintain lifecycle suite of professional IT services and is a top-level partner in Canada for Cisco, Citrix, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, VMware and other technology leaders.
Focusing on business strategy, Harry works with dozens of CIOs from mid-sized and large corporations and government agencies across Canada to help them leverage technology for better business results. Compugen reported revenues of CAD 300-350 million for the calendar year 2009.
Harry sits on a number of international advisory boards and panels including those of Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, and VMware. He holds a degree in engineering science and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toronto and is an active investor and a director of a number of early-stage technology companies in North America.