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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 2014)

Deadlines

  • June 30, 2016 Call for Nominations Closes
  • September 2016 Winners Notified
  • November 8, 2016 Ingenious Awards Gala Dinner (Four Seasons Hotel Toronto)
  • November 2016 Winners profiled in national publications

Award categories

Large Private Business – all private Canadian businesses operating for profit with 500 or more employees

Large Public Organization (enterprise) – all federal, provincial and municipal government departments and all public institutions including healthcare and education institutions, with 500 or more employees

Small to Medium Size Business – all public and private Canadian businesses operating for profit with fewer than 500 employees

Small to Medium Size Public Organization – all federal, provincial and municipal government departments and all public institutions, including healthcare and education institutions, with fewer than 500 employees

Small to Medium Sized ICT Business – Any private Canadian business with fewer than 500 employees using ICT tools to build or transform their business.

Not-for-Profit – all not-for-profit and non-government organizations that operate within Canada

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 2011 award winning entry can be found here

Winners receive

  • Recognition at the Ingenious Awards Gala Dinner taking place in Toronto November 2016
  • National, local and regional media coverage
  • Ingenious Award winners will be profiled in a national publication. The print and online stories about the winners will be distributed nationally in November 2016. ITAC and the other Award sponsors will distribute articles about the winners extensively to their member communities
  • Extensive coverage on both the Ingenious Awards website and the ITAC website
  • 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, Ingenious Magazine, advertising, 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