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The TechConnex Technology Leadership Awards is an annual top level GTA technology recognition event. The initiative has expanded to now celebrate 15 GTA technology companies as nominees for industry leadership recognition as well as two individuals for exceptional personal contributions to the sector.
The 2014 Technology Leadership Awards will be celebrated this year in the early evening of May 29th at the BMO Institute for Learning. The ceremonies and formal dinner will wrap around viewings of the Solutions Showcase – an industry theatre profiling the nominees’ Game Changing initiatives.
5:30pm-6:30pm- Reception & Showcase
6:30pm-9:00pm- Dinner and Awards Ceremony
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2014 Award Categories
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.
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.
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 (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.
The Selection 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 vetted by the combined Awards will make the final selection and determinations on these awards.
How to Apply
The award nominations are open to either 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.
Most Promising Start-Up of the Year
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.
Momentum Company of the Year
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!
Technology Company of the Year
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.
Market Expansion Leader
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.
Technology Enabler of the Year
As the fastest-growing accounting, consulting and tax advisory firm in Canada, MNP genuinely understands the experiences and challenges that come with growth. Their entrepreneurial approach allows them to build stronger connections with clients and provide the solutions and services they need. MNP’s strong connection to the technology industry goes beyond their clients. They keep a pulse on industry trends and collaborate with associations within the GTA that are focused on the growth and development of tech companies.
Technology Lifetime Achievement
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
CoreFourCorefour 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
NulogyNulogy 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
PCI GeomaticsFounded 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.
Start-Up of the Year
Steve Turner, Co-founder & CTO
The mySpark Education Platform is an education enabler that allows unprecedented connectivity between student and school. mySpark is dedicated to creating technology that helps our best and brightest reach their potential.
Momentum Company of the Year
DVS Sciences Inc.
Scott Tanner, Co-founder & CEO
DVS Sciences, Inc. is an analytical equipment and reagents development company that produces and markets a high throughput mass cytometer for individual cell analysis based on a novel elemental mass-spectrometry detection technology, and the reagents related to massively multi-parametric biological assays.
Company of the Year
Songnian Zhou, Co-founder & CEO
Markham-based Platform Computing is the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software - serving more than 2,000 of the world's most demanding organizations. Platform's workload and resource management solutions have delivered IT responsiveness and lower costs for enterprise and HPC applications. Platform has built strategic relationships with Cray, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, and SAS.