“OCRIs” presented

OTTAWA – OCRI, the capital’s economic development engine, honours local executives and students for their contributions to Ottawa’s knowledge-based sector at the 14th annual OCRI Awards gala. And the winners are:
Technology Company of the Year: SiGe, which hit $100 million in sales and grew its workforce by 50%.
Next Generation OCRI-logo-158X61.JPGExecutive of the Year: Rob Woodbridge, CEO of Rove, for quadrupling personnel while streamlining the company’s product line and re-branding.
Most Promising Start-Up of the Year: Embotics, which raised $4 million in financing last year.
Financial Deal of the Year: BTI Systems, which used $25 million in new VC funding to launch European headquarters and a software centre of excellence.
Technology Partnership Commercialization: Vocantas, for its collaborative R&D with healthcare professionals with regards to Call-Assure.
Service of the Year: Software outsourcer Macadamian.
Product of the Year: PIKA Technologies for Pika Warp, a platform for voice applications used by software development companies.
Student Researcher of the Year: Dewan Tanvir Ahmed of uOttawa, for research in online gaming and collaborative virtual environments.
High School Technology Innovator of the Year: All Saints Catholic School and Earl of March Secondary School, in recognition of their work in the Ottawa High School Technology program, which exposes high school students to career options.
Says Jim Stanish, VP of finance at award-winner Macadamian, “I love the idea that we recognize the great innovation, companies, and talent we have here in town. The OCRI awards are a great celebration, a great evening with the glitz and glamour that makes us all feel like a million bucks!”
Nominations for the nine categories were chosen by the Society of Collaborative Opportunities and Advancement of Professionals (SCOAP).

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