The Academy Awards of the Information and Communication Technology  Industry were just announced by ITAC ( Information Technology Association Ingenious of Canada).  Ingenious Awards celebrate the use of technology to improve the performance of large and small businesses, large and small government operations and not-for- profit organizations.

Fifty-seven nominations were scrutinized by judges from the CIO Association of Canada ( Chief Information Officers Association of Canada) who looked for clear demonstrations of significant achievement and innovation related to the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to address opportunities and challenges.

Like its larger brother based in Hollywood, ITAC’s award categories, in Bold script below,  span the breadth of Canadian Industry.   It is an exhilarating experience to see the bandwidth of Canadian creativity.  I have added a few explanatory notes where I thought necessary to describe the industrial concern or clarify the information provided.  Winners in each category have been highlighted in yellow.

There are several reasons I am so excited about these awards.  Firstly two of Jolera’s partners are heavily involved in the award program and are major sponsors of the events.  These are  Dell, a founding sponsor,, and Softchoice  Secondly, Jolera has worked closely with its many partners including, Dell and Softchoice,  to bring innovative IT solutions to Canadian industry.   Thirdly, Jolera has itself been recognized for its innovative software solutions by the Computer Dealers Network    Like the Academy Award winners, we sincerely feel that being able to stand in the company of IT  industry leaders like Dell, Softchoice, Intel, HP, and Xerox and all the award winners is a reward in itself.

The diversity of the solutions and the associated economics are just astounding.  The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario is claiming savings of 1540 hours of staff time and 15,000 sheets of paper annually. .   The Panorama Immunization System helps keep track of 83 million immunization records in Ontario.  .   The Kinduct Technology Solution is used by teams in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL.


A more complete discussion of each winner’s innovative solution can be found at .


The range of solutions is only limited by the range of creativity brought to the task.  Solutions employ cloud technology , gps technology,  sophisticated camera systems,  mobile apps,  on-board vehicle technology and the list goes on.   While Jolera cannot claim to have expertise in all these systems, we know the experts and have worked with all of them before on successful implementation projects.

Here is the list of finalists in each category and the winners:

Large Private Sector Canadian Tire Corporation: Creating the Future of Retailing at Canadian Tire Corporation’s Cloud Nine Digital Innovation Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canadian Tire is a retail company which sells a broad range of automotive, sports and leisure, and home products.

Ceridian: Ceridian XOXO Customer Success Program.

Ceridian HCM, Inc. is an international provider of human resources software and services.

D2L: D2L, Waterloo Region, Ontario

D2L Corporation is an educational technology company.

Orion Health: Implementation of OntarioMD’s Hospital Report Manager Powered by Rhapsody Integration Engine

Orion Health is a  health-specific software company that develops solutions for healthcare organizations across the globe. 

Parsons: Roadwork Scheduling System (RSS)

Parsons Corporation is a global provider of engineering, project management, and construction management services in a broad range of business sectors.

Tangerine: Tangerine’s Biometric launch

Tangerine is a Canadian direct bank.  Its operations are almost exclusively on-line. 

Large Public Sector Ontario IT Source, Central Agencies I&IT Cluster: Enterprise Project and Cloud Services: Driving Innovation in the OPS through the Cloud

Central Agencies I&IT ( Information and Information Technology) Cluster is a group withing the financial arm of the Ontario Government ensuring that the Ontario Public Service (OPS) has the tool and expertise to optimize the value of the Government’s investment in Information and IT .

Metrolinx: Union Pearson (UP) Express Technologies Program

Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario whose mandate is  to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area


Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: Panorama – Immunization Module

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is the Government of Ontario Ministry responsible for administering the health care system and providing health services to residents of the province of Ontario.

NAV Canada: iSign

Nav Canada is a privately run, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation system (ANS). It is responsible for the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic in Canadian airspace.

University Health Network: Implementation of an Advanced Clinical Documentation Tool at UHN

University Health Network (UHN) is a clinical healthcare and medical research organization in Toronto, Ontario,  that owns and operates four major hospitals and scientific research centres.


SME (Small & Medium – Sized Entreprises)  Private Sector (non-ICT) Intelligent Mechatronic Systems: Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS) puts safer, smarter and greener driving in gear

IMS specializes in the research and development of innovative solutions in the areas of telematics, automotive safety, and mobile media.

{Telematics  is a general term that refers to any device which merges telecommunications and informatic such as  GPS systems, on-board navigation systems, and hands-free calling.}

Konnexio Inc.: Konnexio Slashes Equipment Manufacturing Time

Konnexio Inc. manufactures and integrates a broad range of customized assembly and material handling equipment.   

SME Private Sector (ICT)

Coencorp: SiteManager Version 2

Coencorp is a manufacturer and distributor of hardware/software systems that deliver efficient management of fleets of 25 or more vehicles.

IXACT Contact Solutions: IXACT Contact improves connections to sell more homes

A supplier of Customer Relationship Management ( CRM) software oriented to the  Real Estate  industry

Kinduct Technologies: Kinduct Performance Athlete Asset Management System

Kinduct Technologies software solutions help organizations collect, organize, share and analyze data relating to patients, athletes and other clients.   

SME Public Sector Aqsarniit Middle School: Connected North

A school in the Canadian North is connected virtually with a sister school in Toronto so that both institutions benefit institutionally and academically while their student bodies interact socially.

CS Viamonde: Collaboration in the Classroom

The Conseil Scolaire Viamonde manages the French-language public schools in the central south-western region of Ontario. The area in which this school board operates covers 68,180 km2 of Ontario. 


Not-for-Profit Sector Connecting People for Health Cooperative Ltd.: Connecting People for Health

Connecting People For Health Cooperative Limited operates HealthConnex, an online, virtual healthcare service to book doctor’s appointment by email and making a prescription renewal request online.

Cybera: Rapid Access Cloud

Cybera is a not-for-profit organization responsible for overseeing the development of Alberta’s cyber-infrastructure — the advanced system of networks and computers that was created by and for university research and now supports government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, business incubators and entrepreneurs.

Ontario MD: OntarioMD Hospital Report Manager facilitates faster follow-up care for Ontario patients.

OntarioMD is a subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association that offers physicians information technology resources needed to support their growing practice and patient needs.


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