ITAC Online - Celebrating the 2011 Ingenious Award Winners - Issue 2 of 2 - July 2011

IN THIS ISSUE

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...Three More Tales of Ingenuity

In last month’s issue of ITAC Online, we profiled three of the six winners awarded at the inaugural Ingenious Awards gala on June 14 in Toronto.

In this month’s issue, we focus on the other – albeit, equally brilliant – three.  You’ll read about the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) Data Analytics Retrieval Technology (or, DART), which allows the corporation to access and use practically inconceivable amounts of information instantaneously.  You’ll learn how the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York is improving the lives of children with disabilities in its area, and their families, much easier to manage.  And finally, you’ll read about TinyEYE Online Speech Therapy Services, a company that won not only the Ingenious Award for their category, but also the Judges’ Prize for overall excellence, for their online speech therapy services – which are now being exported all around the world.

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TinyEYE Therapy Services - Small to Medium Size Private Business

TinyEYE CEO, Greg Sutton [left], and Ingenious sponsor/ former ITAC Board member, Doug Cooper of Intel [right]

TinyEYE CEO, Greg Sutton [left], and Ingenious sponsor/ former ITAC Board member, Doug Cooper of Intel [right]

The acquisition of language skills is a vital part of a child's development. For some children, mastering the art of speech is more challenging than for others. Wherever possible, they turn to speech pathologists—professionals dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of functional and organic speech defects—for help. But there is a critical shortage of speech pathologists in North America and around the world. The shortage is particularly acute in rural and remote areas. An estimated 300,000 children have no direct access to speech therapy due to geography or social and economic conditions.

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Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York - Not-for-profit Organization

Willa Black, Cisco [left] and Dianne Buckner [right], presents Louise Paul, CTN of Simcoe York [centre] with her Ingenious Award

Willa Black, Cisco [left] and Dianne Buckner [right], presents Louise Paul, CTN of Simcoe York [centre] with her Ingenious Award

Any parent can attest to the fact that caring for a child is a full-time job. But caring for a child with multiple special needs is vastly more complex, requiring a huge team of doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors and other professionals. The more this group can unite to function as a team, the better the outcomes for the child. That's precisely the idea behind the Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York (CTN). This organization provides a new model of service delivery that links health, education, recreation, social and community resources to improve the lives of disabled children and their families in Simcoe County and York Region in Ontario.

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DART - Data Analytics and Retrieval Technology - Large Public Organization

Fariba Anderson [centre], Tom Marinelli [directly right of Fariba] and the rest of their OLG team

Fariba Anderson [centre], Tom Marinelli [directly right of Fariba] and the rest of their OLG team

For more than 32 years, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has been creating excitement and fueling the dreams of Ontarians through its lotteries, casinos, slots and bingos throughout the province. Trust is central to their operations. Every player needs to know the games are fair.

In 2009, OLG commissioned an audit of the integrity and security of its lotteries. The results recommended that the OLG use data analytics to find, combat and—most importantly—prevent insiders and others from engaging in fraudulent activity.

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