Media Release
2008 OCRI Awards Finalists Announced Today

OTTAWA, ON, February 19, 2008 22 finalists for the 2008 OCRI Awards have been announced today by OCRI, Ottawa's lead technology and economic development agency.

The OCRI Awards gala, planned for Thursday, April 3rd at the Westin Hotel, is the premier awards event for the region's business, research and academic community and recognizes the achievements of some of the most successful organizations and individuals in Ottawa.

Six Ottawa businesses and two individuals will be recognized for excellence in the following categories: Technology Company of the Year, Next Generation Executive of the Year, Technology Partnership, Most Promising Start-Up, Product of the Year, Service of the Year, Best Financial Deal, and the OCRI Futures Award for Student Researcher of the Year. In addition, the High School Technology Innovator Award Recipient will be announced at the event.

This year close to 50 nominations were received for the eight categories. Nominations were judged by a committee from the Society of Collaborative Opportunities and Advancement of Professionals (SCOAP).

"With the OCRI Awards we celebrate the best companies, technologies and individuals in Ottawa," said Jeffrey Dale, President and CEO of OCRI. "The innovation, economic impact, financial success and unique technologies of these companies and individuals help to position them and Ottawa as a power house of creativity and business excellence. Every one of this year's finalists are truly world class and we look forward to a fantastic celebration in April."

The 2008 OCRI Awards finalists are:

Technology Company of the Year
  • Enablence Technologies Inc.
  • Cactus Commerce
  • Bridgewater Systems
Next Generation Executive of the Year
  • Arvind Chhatbar, Chief Executive Officer,
    Enablence Technologies Inc.
  • Tony Marinelli, Chief Executive Officer, Cactus Commerce
  • John Roese, Chief Technology Officer, Nortel
Technology Partnership
  • Eion Inc. and Precarn Incorporated
  • Communications Research Centre Canada
Most Promising Start-Up
  • IPeak Networks Incorporated
  • Menova Energy Inc.
  • Applied Docs Inc.
Product of the Year
  • Third Brigade, Inc
  • Ross Video Limited
  • GestureTek, Inc
Service of the Year
  • bitHeads Inc.
  • Macadamian Technologies
  • Chipworks
Best Financial Deal
  • Enablence Technologies Inc.
  • Mitel
Student Researcher of the Year
  • Kris Woodbeck - University of Ottawa
  • David Nadeau - University of Ottawa
  • Atif Shamim and Muhammed Arsalan - Carleton University

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About OCRI:
OCRI (Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation), the city's economic development corporation, is leading the way for Ottawa. OCRI is the rallying point to bring business, education, research and talent together to create the winning economic conditions that allow Ottawa's technology companies to thrive locally and compete globally. At OCRI we promote sustainable economic development to maintain our high quality of life. For more information on OCRI visit our website at http://www.ocri.ca/ and for more information on the Ottawa Region please visit http://www.ottawaregion.com/.

For information contact: 

Kim Cunningham
Manager, External Communications
OCRI
Tel: (613) 828-6274 x256
Cell: (613) 851-0768
Email: kcunningham@ocri.ca