OCRI Awards winners announced

Last night’s 12th staging of OCRI’s annual awards once again paid homage OCRI-logo-233X90.JPGto Ottawa’s brightest professionals, most respected organizations and standout students. The awards honoured individuals and organizations in eleven categories, defined by members of Ottawa’s business and academic community and approved by SCOAP (Society of Collaborative Opportunities and Advancement of Professionals). “The recipients of tonight’s awards stand as an example of the talent and strength that are the backbone of Ottawa's knowledge-based community,” says Jeffrey Dale, OCRI’s president and CEO. “We continue to see the award applicant pool grow in quality and quantity, enabling us to present an outstanding roster of first-rate businesses and executives that offer outstanding value to the community and demonstrate true dynamism, vision and innovation in their sectors.”

For a complete listing of award winners, press More below.

Technology Company of the Year
March Networks Corporation, for excellence in innovation, a commitment to the technology sector in Ottawa while increasing profitability, achieving customer satisfaction and demonstrating involvement in the community.
Next Generation Executive of the Year
Brian Hurley, CEO, Liquid Computing.
Technology Partnership of the Year
Jointly awarded to GangaGen Life Sciences and Elanco Animal Health for development and global distribution of bacteriophage (phage) products to control E.coli 0157:H7 in cattle; and QNX and Intel, for their contribution to the global software community with their Intel-QNX Multi-Core Expedite Program, a solution that enables companies to jump-start their multi-core activities.
Most Promising Start-Up of the Year
VOIPshield Systems, recognized for thought leadership on VoIP security issues, challenges and technology.
Product of the Year
Parliant Corporation, for their PhoneValet Message Centre. (See SCAN's April edition, Page 15.)
Service of the Year
Zip.ca, in recognition of its successful creation of Canada’s leading online video delivery and DVD rental service.
News Story of the Year
Andrew Mayeda, from the Ottawa Citizen, for his series of articles that followed Mosaid Technologies through its high-profile showdown with NY hedge fund Loeb Capital Partners.
Financial Deal of the Year
Enablence Technologies. Initially bootstrapped by friends and family, Enablence, an integrated optical component developer, raised a total of $18.3 million without a single dollar from a VC firm. Co-winner Variation Biotechnologies Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of vaccines for infectious diseases using a novel platform technology, secured $41.90 million in Series A funding.

The OCRI Futures Awards (three categories):

Student Researcher of the Year: Peter Popplewell, PhD candidate from Carleton's department of electronics, for research relating to integrated communications devices.
Student Entrepreneur of the Year: Saeid Nourian, PhD candidate from uOttawa’s School of Information Technology and Engineering, for entrepreneurial activities related to his software company, Runiter.
High School Technology Innovator of the Year: Team from Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School for their fundraising telethon, through which they raised $15,000 for the oncology unit at CHEO. The inspiration for the project came from Eric Shaw, a team member who succumbed to cancer during the campaign.

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