Ingenious Awards 2017:

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Official Rules

Who is eligible to compete

  • All public, private and not-for-profit organizations operating within Canada
  • All projects nominated must take place in Canada to be eligible for this award
  • All projects nominated must have taken place within the past two years (completed no earlier than June 2015)

Deadlines

  • July 14, 2017 Call for Nominations Closes
  • August 2017 Finalists Notified
  • September 2017 Winners Notified
  • November 9, 2017 Ingenious Awards Gala Dinner (Four Seasons Hotel Toronto)
  • November 2017 Winners profiled in national publications

Award categories

Large Private Business – All private Canadian businesses operating for profit with greater than 500 employees who are using technology to build or transform their business.

Large Public Organization – All federal, provincial and municipal government departments and all public institutions including healthcare and education institutions, with greater than 500 employees who are using technology to build or transform their organization.

SME Public or Not-for Profit Organization – All federal, provincial and municipal government departments and all public institutions, including healthcare and education institutions as well as not-for-profit or non-government within Canada with fewer than 500 employees who are using technology to transform their mission and goals.

Medium Sized Private Business – Any private Canadian business with between between 100-500 employees in any sector who are using technology to build or transform their business.

Small Sized Private Business – Any private Canadian business with fewer than 100 employees in any sector who are using technology to build or transform their business.

New Ingenious Spark – Any private Canadian business that has an ingenious spark of a new technology product or service that is in the early stage of business growth.  See specific criteria on Ingenious Spark nomination form

 

Judging process

  • All Ingenious Awards nominations will undergo a rigorous two-tier judging process
  • A team of IT Executives from the CIO Association of Canada will oversee the initial judging phase
  • A second judging panel led by Ronan McGrath and made up of five senior CIOs and CEOs, including a representative from the CIO Association of Canada, will select the final winners in each category

Criteria for judging

  • Innovation in the use of information and communications technology is the primary determinant for success in the Ingenious Awards
  • Judges will be evaluating entries based on an organization’s ability to show a measurable business outcome as a result of the innovative use of information and communications technology
  • Entries must be as specific as possible regarding the impact of measurable and quantifiable results. Nominations will be judged based on an organization’s ability to show measurable results – for example, details that substantiate claims regarding increased sales, productivity, etc.
  • Due diligence will be applied to ensure the accuracy and comprehensiveness of all entries
  • An example of a past award winning entry can be found here

Winners receive

  • Recognition at the Ingenious Awards Gala Dinner taking place in Toronto November 9, 2017
  • National, local and regional media coverage
  • Ingenious Award winners will be profiled in a national publication. The stories about the winners will be distributed nationally in November 2017. ITAC and the other Award sponsors will distribute articles about the winners extensively to their member communities
  • Winners received live tweets /photos to social media team to further expand awareness
  • A beautifully crafted and inscribed award designed by a Canadian artist

Nomination process

  • All nominations must be complete to be eligible for the Ingenious Awards
  • Nominations can be submitted in either English or French. All French nominations will be translated to English prior to being submitted to the judges
  • All nominations become the property of ITAC and can be used for promotional purposes such as press releases, website, etc.
  • All materials submitted become the property of ITAC and will not be returned to the nominee or nominators
  • The decision of the judges is final and is not subject to review
  • All nominations are subject to verification and will be deemed invalid if forged or falsified statements are made
  • All projects submitted for the Ingenious Awards must have taken place in Canada within the past two years