Ingenious Awards 2012: Innovation Rewarded


"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
– Steve Jobs

2013 Ingenious Awards Recognize Five Technology Innovators

What does it take to revolutionize the way Europe's largest underground gold mine operates, provide real-time analysis of the vital signs of premature infants, or streamline the way 540,000 Canadians receive their government pension cheques? The answer: a combination of class-leading information and communications (ICT) technology, and the vision to use the technology in innovative ways.

Five Canadian organizations have won the 2013 Ingenious Award for excellence and innovation in the use of ICT. The awards, which were announced November 27th at a gala in Toronto, recognize the use of ICT to achieve measureable improvements in productivity or service delivery in five categories: not-for-profit organizations, small/medium public and private organizations, and large organizations in the public and private sectors.

The winners

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Artemis project

Small/Medium Public:
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation – Streamlined property assessment

Small/Medium Private:
GrowSafe Systems – Data collection of individual cattle on farms

Large Public:
Public Works and Government Services Canada – Pension administration transformation

Large Private:
Dundee Precious Metals – Smart and connected gold mining

"The 64 entries the Ingenious judges reviewed included some exceptional examples of how excellence and innovation in ICT can make significant changes in the way people work, access services, and communicate," said ITAC President and CEO Karna Gupta. "The winners of the Ingenious Awards represent the best of what our sector is doing to improve business and life in Canada, and help build a leading digital economy."

Launched in 2011, the Ingenious Awards program invites nominations from across Canada's ICT industry, as well as from organizations in the five categories that have realized significant results through the innovative use of ICT. Organized by ITAC, the program is supported by a number of leading ICT suppliers, including: CGI, Cisco, Intel Canada, Dell Canada, Softchoice Corporation, Xerox Canada, Deloitte, HP, Oracle, EY Canada, Backbone magazine, and IT World Canada.

In an increasingly competitive environment, ingenuity isn't just table stakes; it's the lifeblood of sustainable enterprises.

"Winning the ITAC Ingenious Award was an incredible boost for our organization, it gave us unbelievable national and international exposure. As well, it brought an enormous sense of pride and achievement to our team and our customers."
- Greg Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of TinyEYE Therapy Services

TinyEYE CEO, Greg Sutton [left], accepting the ITAC ingenious Award from Ingenious sponsor and former ITAC Board member, Doug Cooper [right] in 2011.

But, in an environment where creativity and constant improvement are necessary for survival, innovation can be taken for granted. Now in its second year, the Ingenious Awards Program celebrates and rewards innovation.

Ingenious Awards recognize excellence in the use of technology to improve the performance of large and small businesses, government operations and not-for-profit organizations.

The judging is rigorous, demanding clear demonstration of measurable achievement in innovation and productivity improvement related to information and communications technology use. The winners in five categories will be honoured at a gala awards dinner in Toronto on November 27, 2013. The stories of their achievements will be told across Canada.

Program Highlights

  • Ingenious Award winners will be profiled in Backbone Magazine (print and online). The print copy of the magazine will be distributed nationally in November. ITAC and the other Ingenious Award sponsors will distribute the online magazine extensively to their member communities. The stories of our winners will also be told on CIO TV, a new program at IT World Canada.
  • A fast-paced, entertaining gala evening to recognize winners of the awards in five categories. This event will take place in Toronto on November 27, 2013.

The Ingenious Awards Program aims to build awareness of how enlightened Canadians are building more competitive enterprises, more effective organizations and a stronger Canadian economy through the innovative use of technology.

New: See our 2013 panel of judges and read new case studies from the 2011 Ingenious Awards finalists.

Download the Ingenious Awards sponsorship package.