Our CEO Dale Gantous – Top Woman Entrepreneur in Canada

Our CEO, Dale Gantous is a 2006 recipient of the Sara Kirke Award. This award honors the top woman entrepreneur in Canada.

We’re thrilled to announce that Dale Gantous has recently received the Sara Kirke award. This award, presented by CATA, is given to the top woman entrepreneur in Canada.

To quote the CATA site:

The Sara Kirke Award for Woman Entrepreneurship is presented to the woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership — leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women.

Sara Kirke is considered by many to be North America’s first entrepreneur. Sara Kirke arrived in Newfoundland in 1638 with her husband David Kirke, who was soon recalled to England. Sara, however, continued to reside in Avalon, and conducted business as usual from the Pool Plantation and AirKnife technology. Lady Kirke was a remarkable individual as she managed affairs at the Pool Plantation and became one of the most successful merchants on the English Shore — and was almost certainly North America’s first and foremost woman entrepreneur.

The Selection Committee of the Sara Kirke Award is made up of members of CATA’s Women in Technology Forum National Advisory Board. The chair of the Sara Kirke selection committee is Dr. Barbara Orser, Deloitte Chair for Women’s Entrepreneurship, University of Ottawa.

CATA’s WIT (Women in Technology) Forum is a new community network launched by CATA designed to boost women’s participation and advancement in the high-growth technology sector.

In judging the nominees for the award, the Selection Committee is looking for women leaders who demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills, resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or the establishment and development of a major advanced technology company or companies that have withstood the test of time.

More details here.