GTEC Announces Distinction Award Medalists during Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala on the Evening of the Federal Election

Oct 20, 2015

OTTAWA, Ontario, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On the evening of Canada's 42nd federal election, candidate outcomes represented just one set of anxiously awaited results.  As Canadians watched election results roll in, GTEC, Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector, announced 13 recipients of the coveted Distinction Award Medal and two Leadership Awards during its annual awards ceremony and gala. In the presence of more than 480 distinguished guests including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, GTEC recognized these bold thinkers, visionaries, technology evangelists, and innovation champions hailing from all levels of government on Monday, October 19, 2015.  

GTEC 2015 - October 19-21 - Shaw Centre, Ottawa

The 2015 Distinction Award Medalists were recognized for leading strategic initiatives that address critical opportunities and challenges in the public sector, and add value to the business.  Selected projects span citizenship and immigration, education, and public safety, and offer solutions that increase the productivity and impact of public service ICT management and service delivery.

Following a rigorous criteria-driven evaluation of the 37 Honourees by leading public and private sector executives, the GTEC Judging Committee selected these 13 accomplished ICT change agents to receive a highly-prized Distinction Award Medal.  A federal, provincial and municipal medalist was selected across each of the following award categories:

  • Excellence in Public Service Delivery: External
  • Transforming the Business of Government: Internal
  • Excellence in IM/IT Operations
  • Excellence in Collaboration
  • Maximizing the Talent of our People

The 2015 Distinction Awards also recognized the following federal and provincial recipients of the Leadership Award for outstanding service to Canadians:

  • Jill Graves, PST, ACP, CSP, PMP, Project Leader, Agile Coach, Trainer, Compliance and Debt Management Directorate, PMO, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Dr. Michael Fung-Kee-Fung, Head of Surgical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Transformation and Strategy, The Ottawa Hospital

"GTEC is proud to showcase and celebrate leaders who are leveraging technology to transform service delivery to Canadians," said Michele Lajeunesse, Executive Director of GTEC.  "The Conference Board of Canada notes that our nation remains near the bottom of its peer group on innovation, ranking 13th among the 16 peer countries. The individuals and teams honoured this evening are true innovators who demonstrate the leadership, vision and action required to increase Canada's innovation capacity and performance, and move our nation up the list."

In addition to the 13 medalists and leadership award winners, GTEC also recognized an additional 24 Honourees from government departments across the country. The 2015 Honourees join more than 556 public sector teams and individual leaders who, since 1992, have received this distinction for excellence in public service ICT management and delivery.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson delivered the opening address at the awards ceremony, recognizing the ingenuity, leadership and impact of Distinction Award Medalists from Ottawa's own backyard, throughout the province and across the country. 

The GTEC Distinction Awards recognize and celebrate ICT leadership, excellence and service delivery across municipal, provincial and federal governments.   

Please reference the following backgrounder for an overview of each 2015 GTEC Distinction Award Medalist:

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Backgrounder: Overview of the 2015 GTEC Distinction Medalists

Category 1:  Excellence in Public Service Delivery-EXTERNAL

Group I:  Federal Awards
Express Entry
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Solutions and Information Management Branch

Group II:  Provincial Awards 
Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI)
Government of Alberta, Alberta Education, Program and System Support, Information and Technology Management, PASI and Student Records Branch

Group III:  Municipal Awards
City of Ottawa, ServiceOttawa and Information Technology Services departments

Category 2:  Transforming the Business of Government-INTERNAL 

Group I:  Federal Awards 
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Canada Revenue Agency, Information Technology Branch

Group II:  Provincial Awards 
POLARIS II Work Queue Modernization
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, ServiceOntario, Citizen Services Transformation Branch, Regulatory Services Branch, Central Production and Verification Services Branch

Group III:  Municipal Awards 
Public Works Work Management Solution (WMS)
City of Ottawa, Public Works Department, Traffic Services & Information Technology Services

Category 3:  Excellence in IM/IT Operations 

Group I:  Federal Awards 
Application Sustainability Program (ASP)
Canada Revenue Agency, Information Technology Branch

Group II:  Provincial Awards 
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) Compliance Project
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, ServiceOntario, Citizen Services Transformation, Government Services Integration Cluster, Business Solutions Branch

Category 4:  Excellence in Collaboration 

Group I:  Federal Awards 
Tri-agency Database System Renewal (TDSR)
Bank of Canada, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), and Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)

Group II:  Provincial Awards 
New Brunswick Road Network - a Collaborative Effort
Service New Brunswick, New Brunswick Department of Public Safety, Ambulance New Brunswick and municipalities of  Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John

Group III:  Municipal Awards 
ePIC  -  Electronic Police Information Check
Calgary Police Service, Police Information Check Unit and Information, Communication & Technology Section

Category 5:  Maximizing the Talent of our People 

Group I:  Federal Awards 
Quebec Region Talent Management Team - Performance Management Learning Labs
Employment and Social Development Canada

Group II:  Provincial Awards 
IFIS Renewal Project- Phase 2
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Enterprise Financial Systems Branch, Enterprise Financial Services and Systems, Ontario Shared Services

About GTEC

GTEC is Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector.  Since 1992, GTEC has brought together more than 100,000 public and private sector innovators, leaders and enterprises to explore and drive leading-edge ICT initiatives, application and service delivery.  Building on targeted webinars, summits, and roundtables that stimulate dialogue throughout the year, GTEC's annual flagship Conference and Exhibition attracts more than 4,500 participants, and delivers:

  • Education and training opportunities that develop top ICT talent
  • A robust conference program with compelling keynote presentations and panels on current strategies, opportunities and trends
  • An extensive exhibition showcasing emerging technologies, innovations, and solutions that enhance productivity and performance
  • A wealth of collaboration, business development and networking opportunities
  • Distinction Awards that celebrate ICT excellence in Canada's public sector

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