Celebrating IT Leaders Forges A Path for Industry Growth

Innovation And Economic Prosperity Of The Canadian ICT Sector Is Driven By Providing Leadership In Recruitment And Development Of IT Professionals

TORONTO, ONTARIO – October 27, 2010 – IT World Canada, celebrating 25 years of publishing ComputerWorld Canada, hosted the inaugural 2010 ComputerWorld Canada IT Leadership Awards on October 26, 2010, at the Toronto Board of Trade in Toronto, Ontario. The evening celebrated industry leaders who have had significant positive impact on the contributions of information technology to an organization. "The recognition of ICT leaders is vital because leadership will be a key to the growth and success of the ICT sector in the near future. ICTC research has identified a need for Canada to fill between 15, 800 and 22, 350 ICT positions each year until 2015. An issue of this magnitude won't be solved using yesterday's solutions and must be addressed through a collaborative approach by ICT leaders." Paul Swinwood, President, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC).

Among the guests were the most respected IT associations in Canada that represent a voice on important issues affecting the IT industry, including the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals (CIPS), CIO Association of Canada, CATA Women in Technology Forum (CATA WIT), and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). The highly esteemed judges' panel represented accomplishments in improving business productivity and achieving societal and policy goals. The IBM Canada Influencers Discussion Panel featured the best technology influencers in Canada contributing on how crowdsourcing, social media and other forms of online interaction have shifted the dynamics of business transformation. The panel members shared ideas they're trying to put on the radar of IT leaders everywhere, and what others can learn from their approach.

The 2010 ComputerWorld Canada's IT Leadership winners were awarded in the Small Medium Enterprise (under 499 employees) and Large Enterprise (over 500 employees) categories. The CATA WIT IT Mentor of the Year Award recognized Jennifer Ng Ain Kin, Chair, IEEE WIE for mentorship of young women in the IT field. Dave Codack, V.P. Employee Technology and Network Services, TD Bank Financial Group, won the IT Mentor of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding outreach toward individuals in the IT industry. For recognizing the application of innovative techniques and development of new curriculum and delivery of programs that stimulate learning, the IT Educator of the Year Award was presented to Greg Wilson, Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto.

ComputerWorld Canada recognized a mid-level IT manager or director and a leader in the yearly years of a career that delivered IT value and positive impact on growth, cost saving, accessibility and improved functionality. The IT Manager of the Year Award was presented to Brad Barlow, Director of Network Infrastructure, Tridel Corporation in the SME Division and to Sanjay Madan, Post Secondary Education Systems Technology and Business Solutions Branch Community Services Cluster, I&IT in the Large Enterprise Division. IT Rookie of the Year Award went to Sujoy Ghosh Hajra, System Analyst, National Research Council – Institute for Biodiagnostics in the SME Division and Jerome Plantevin, Webmaster, Medias Transcontinental in the Large Enterprise Division.

The 2010 ComputerWorld Canada IT Leader of the Year Award honoured a senior-level IT manager that demonstrated value through IT with a deep understanding of IT issues, excellent people management skills, commitment to training, development and planning ability. The honour was presented to Kevin Pashuk, CIO, Appleby College in the SME Division, and Anne Naser, CIO, WorkSafeBC in the Large Enterprise Division.

IT World Canada congratulates all the nominees and winners of the 2010 ComputerWorld Canada Leadership Awards for their positive contributions and leadership that continue to transform the information technology industry. Learn more about the IT Leaders of the 2010 ComputerWorld Canada IT Leadership Awards at http://www.itleadershipawards.com [http://www.itleadershipawards.com].

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