Toronto, ON (November 27, 2019) – From the world’s first mobile, gamified neurological testing device, to the digital transformation of a construction leader, taking advantage of next-generation technologies and advanced analytics, to artificial intelligence-based programs to detect and decreasing wait times for individuals with skin cancer, this year’s five winners of the 2019 ITAC Ingenious Awards and the two ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year Award recipients exemplify the true meaning of technology trailblazers, according to national tech association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).
Award recipients were honoured at an annual awards gala in Toronto on November 27, 2019. The 2019 ITAC Ingenious Award winners are:
- Large Private Sector: PCL Constructors Inc., for its digital transformation initiative;
- Large Public Sector: Humber River Hospital for its iPlan technology tool;
- Small Private Sector: MetaOptima Technology Inc., for its DermEngine, The Future for Intelligent Skin Cancer Diagnostics tool;
- SME Public/Not-for-Profit: eHealth Centre of Excellence for its virtual care solution; and
- Ingenious Spark: Highmark Interactive, for its EQ Active Brain Performance tracking tool, the world’s first mobile, gamified neurological testing device.
The 2019 CanadianCIO of the Year Award winners are:
- Private Sector: Mark Bryant, Chief Information Officer, PCL Constructors Inc.
- Public Sector: Johanne Duhaime, Vice President, Information and Communications Technologies, Hydro-Quebéc.
“The recipients of this year’s ITAC Ingenious Awards represent the best of what Canadian businesses and individuals are able to accomplish using technology, from changing and saving the lives of Canadians, to helping build a leading digital economy. I am inspired by the ways technology truly makes a difference to individuals and society alike through the sheer determination, innovation and creativity of so many incredible Canadians and organizations. Congratulations!” Kevin Peesker, ITAC National Board Chair and President, Microsoft Canada
“The quality of the nominations for the ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year were outstanding, which made if very difficult for the judges. We are pleased to be able to honour Johanne and Mark as the winners; and the strong field is a clear indication that innovation and strong leadership remain hallmarks for success in the sector.” Jim Love, CIO and Chief Content Officer, ITWC, and co-sponsor of the awards program.
“There are many extraordinary organizations and accomplished CIO’s across our country – all of whom are pushing us forward and having a profound effect on Canada’s digital economy. I strongly encourage people to take advantage of this great opportunity to nominate a peer or a project from their own community as a way to showcase the amazing role technology plays in our lives.” Gary Davenport, Past President and Board of Directors, CIO Association of Canada.