15th May 2013

CDMN Announces 2013 Moonshot Award Winners

CDMNThe Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) has announced the winners of the inaugural CDMN Moonshot Awards. The four winning Canadian digital media companies were honoured at CDMN’s Canada 3.0 conference, taking place today and tomorrow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Awards, presented in four categories, were developed to recognize Canadian companies that create jobs and wealth for Canada through innovation in digital media. The Moonshot Awards also acknowledge companies that contribute to the Canada 3.0 “Moonshot Goal: that anyone can do anything online by the year 2017.”

The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, was on hand to congratulate the companies. “The Moonshot awards recognize trailblazing companies who are pushing boundaries and boosting the economy with innovation in digital media. I was pleased to see so many companies from Ontario among the nominees, and proud that the four winning digital media firms are based in Ontario. I want the world’s next biggest tech company to be built here — and I know we’ll get there thanks to innovators like those recognized by these awards.”

The winners were selected from 15 finalists from more than 30 submissions from across Canada. “It was an incredibly tough decision,” said Dr. Kevin Tuer, CDMN Managing Director and Awards Judge. “The innovation and technological creativity coming out of Canada is truly inspiring. It’s critical that we continue fostering and recognizing the abundance of talent in Canada with awards like these.”

The CDMN Digital Media Dynamic Company of the Year award was presented to Magnet Forensics Inc., developer of the Internet Evidence Finder, used by the world’s top law enforcement, military and corporate organizations to recover digital evidence like instant messaging chats, social media artifacts and web history. The award was accepted by Jad Saliba, Founder and CTO, and Adam Belsher, CEO. This award recognizes the Canadian company demonstrating the greatest increase in productivity through the adoption of digital media.

The CDMN Digital Media Globalizer of the Year award was presented to Axonify, an employee training process that is transforming the way corporate enterprises train their employees. This award recognizes a Canadian company that demonstrates the greatest increase in international sales, investments or other contributions to the growth of the Canadian digital media industry internationally.

The CDMN Digital Media Innovator of the Year award was presented to Miovision Technologies, an intelligent solution to address the challenges facing today’s global transportation networks, accomplished through its Adaptive Signal Control, which automatically adjusts traffic signals based on real-time demand of vehicles and pedestrians. The award was accepted by Kevin Madill, Co-Founder of Miovision Technologies. The award recognizes the Canadian company demonstrating the greatest degree of innovation through the adoption of digital media.

Finally, the CDMN Digital Media Company of the Year award was presented to Desire2Learn, also nominated in the Globalizer of the Year category. The award was accepted by Dennis Kavelman, Chief Operating Officer. The award recognizes the Canadian company that made the greatest contributions to the growth of the Canadian digital media industry in 2012/2013.

“The winning companies and all of those nominated clearly demonstrate the creativity and competitiveness of Canadian digital media companies both at home and globally,” said Sid Paquette, Director at OMERS Ventures and a Moonshot Awards judge. “At OMERS Ventures we believe in the development of valuable intellectual property to create prosperity for future generations. The Moonshot Awards provide much-deserved recognition for talented companies who are achieving this goal by creating jobs and wealth, and contributing to Canada’s profile in the ICT and mobile sectors.”

“It was great to be a judge on the Moonshot Awards – an awesome testament to the fact that there are a lot of exciting innovative Canadian companies out there. Our panel had a tough time selecting between the qualified opportunities,” said Terry Stuart, Deloitte Canada’s Chief Innovation Officer and Moonshot Awards judge. “One of the really important awards was the Globalizer of the Year rewarding companies that expand beyond our borders.”

The Award winners were determined by a panel of expert judges including:

  • Kevin Newman, CTV Host, W5 Correspondent and Founder of New Man Media
  • Sid Paquette, Director at OMERS Ventures
  • Terry Stuart, Deloitte Canada’s Chief Innovation Officer
  • April Dunford, RocketScope Managing Director and Founder
  • Dr. Kevin Tuer, CDMN Managing Director

Full List of Finalists:

1. CDMN Digital Media Dynamic Company of the Year – This award recognizes the Canadian company demonstrating the greatest increase in productivity through the adoption of digital media.

  • Magnet Forensics Inc. – developer of the Internet Evidence Finder which has allowed the world’s top law enforcement, military and corporate organizations to recover evidence like instant messaging chats, social media artifacts and web history.
  • Vidyard – a platform designed to help organizations embrace digital media as a central resource for all marketing initiatives and transform how businesses drive growth through video.
  • TalentEgg Inc. – an online job board and career resource designed to help students and recent graduates in Canada find meaningful careers with top employers.

2. CDMN Digital Media Globalizer of the Year – This award recognizes a Canadian company that demonstrates the greatest increase in international sales, investments or other contributions to the growth of the Canadian digital media industry internationally.

  • Axonify – an employee training process that is transforming the way corporate enterprise trains their employees.
  • Desire2Learn – an education platform helping to transform the way the world learns by helping clients break down barriers to access the highest quality learning experiences.
  • Zighra – an emerging leader in the crowd-sourced mobile authentication space that builds innovative solutions to leverage the mobile technology and crowd-sourced intelligence of consumers to reduce costs associated with fraud in high-risk and high-value transaction environments.

3. CDMN Digital Media Innovator of the Year – This award recognizes the Canadian company demonstrating the greatest degree of innovation through the adoption of digital media.

  • Miovision Technologies Inc. – creates intelligent solutions to address the challenges facing today’s global transportation networks through its Adaptive Signal Control, which automatically adjusts traffic signals based on real-time demand of vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Voices.com – a website that connects businesses like radio and television stations, advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies to search for, audition and hire voice actors.
  • Bionik Laboratories Inc. – a state-of-the-art medical technology company that provides advanced healthcare solutions for patients with restricted physical development.

4. CDMN Digital Media Company of the Year – This award recognizes the Canadian company that made the greatest contributions to the growth of the Canadian digital media industry in 2012/2013.

  • Finalists for the CDMN Digital Media Company of the Year are Desire2Learn, Vidyard, Magnet Forensics Inc., Axonify and Miovision.

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  1. Tami Quiring (@VillageGamer)
    2:46 am on May 15th, 2013

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