Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award - Congrats Kathy Knight!

Every year, CPRS Manitoba recognizes and celebrates excellence in public communications with the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award (MCOY).

The MCOY Award is CPRS Manitoba’s most prestigious public relations and communications award and honours practitioners that lead the way in innovation, resourcefulness and creativity. This year’s recipient of the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award is Kathy Knight, CEO of ICTAM, (Information, Communication and Technologies Association of Manitoba) for her work on DirsuptED: The Future of Work conference. 

This conference was Kathy’s brainchild and through her efforts, educators, industry and government came together to better understand how technology will affect the future of work and which skills will be essential in a changing workplace.

Highlights from 2018 Federal Budget

The top news item yesterday (February 27) was the release of the federal government 2018 budget.  Entitled ‘Equality & Growth’ it was touted as a the first-ever Canadian federal budget developed through a gender-based assessment.  While there was much to unpack in the document, the main themes included Science, Gender and Indigenous issues.  The budget pledges $1.2B over five years to bring in new measures aimed at increasing gender equality and investments in skills training and child services in Indigenous Communities.
In addition, a number of announcements were made that have direct relevance to the technology community including:

  • A significant step back from taxation of passive investments
  • Streamlining of government innovation programs (e.g. Build in Canada Innovation Program)
  • Increased funding for IRAP
  • Funding for a new Cyber Security Initiative
  • A women’s entrepreneurship strategy
  • Roll out of a new IP Strategy

Read more: Highlights from 2018 Federal Budget

What Canadian tech execs love about their job

Kathy Knight, CEO, ICTAM

"Our industry is driven entrepreneurs who are inventing the future. The sector demands and embraces inventiveness, ingenuity and creativity, and I love that every day I get to collaborate with these incredibly fascinating people. In my job, I have ways to connect them to a service or resource that can assist them in being successful. It seems as though the ‘aha’ moments are boundless. We are an industry of problem solvers in a world that has no shortage of problems. Together, we live in a world where the common denominator has been the rapid evolution of technology. Running a tech association means that by connecting innovators, inventors and creators to resources that fuel their success, I’m able to participate in shaping the future of how we live, work and learn. On any given day I’m an adviser, an observer, an activator and an instigator. However, there is never a day that I am bored."


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Slack for ICTAM Members

For those that don’t know, Slack is a cloud-based team collaboration tool. It will replace a lot of your email (especially those back and forth discussions), help keep everyone in the loop, and give you a place to easily communicate with staff and other members, regardless of their physical location.

One of Slack’s biggest advantages as a member community are its threaded conversations (channels) to host real-time chat, in turn promoting real-time engagement. Members have the freedom to join and contribute to the channels most relevant to their interests, and avoid sifting through a stream of general content. Plus, having categorized conversations in channels makes them easier to find and reference later. Any member with an internet connection can access Slack and contribute to the conversation, and easily see the conversations that are new since their last visit.

Read more: Slack for ICTAM Members

Smart Cities Challenge

Smart Cities Challenge

What could our community do with $50 million?

The Smart Cities Challenge is asking Canadian communities to come up with a big idea and submit an application to win up to $50 million. The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

There are so many passionate, knowledgeable, and innovative individuals in our community. The City of Winnipeg wants to hear from you to harness that creative energy to come up with resident-driven initiatives to help make Winnipeg even better.

Read more: Smart Cities Challenge