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Jamie Hill receives lifetime achievement award during gala

Two hundred-plus P.E.I. IT leaders recently celebrated the many success stories in the IT industry of the past year.

The evening was hosted by the Innovation and Technology Association of P.E.I. (ITAP) in the Courtyard of the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown.

MLA Richard Brown, representing the Government of P.E.I., presented the Premier's Entrepreneurship Award. Popular Island comedian and former IT educator Patrick Ledwell was master of ceremonies for the event.

The following is the list of award winners:

Premier's Entrepreneurship Award: DeltaWare Systems A MAXIMUS Company.

Exceptional Enterprise Product or Service Award: Timeless Veterinary Systems Inc.

Technology Application of the Year: Raspberry PI P.E.I. Home & School Federation.

Exceptional Mobile or Web Application: ZED Creative.

Employee of the Year: Danielle White, Ooka Island.

ITAP Member Business of the Year: MacPherson Roche Smith & Associates, CAs

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jamie Hill.

ITAP president Daniel Lazaratos says it’s a privilege to be a part of such a growing industry and to acknowledge the success that IT organizations are achieving on Prince Edward Island.

“We have come a long way to make the IT Industry thrive on the Island and over the last year there have been many success stories. Everyone at the ITAP Gala Dinner has contributed to the success of the Industry and that is truly something to celebrate."

Mike Gillis, innovation director ITAP, says the gala dinner gives the industry an opportunity to share in the successes of various IT companies and acknowledges their contributions towards the IT Industry and the Island economy as a whole.

“The success stories heard at the dinner demonstrate that the IT industry in Prince Edward Island has never been stronger, and the large number of nominated organizations, their products and services and their employees prove that the industry has a very bright future,” said Gillis.

Organizations: ITAP, IT Industry, P.E.I. Home School Federation

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, MAXIMUS

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  • Yup :)
    July 15, 2014 - 08:52

    @none, From what I understand, the people capable of doing the work all got hired. Holland College has an excellent OJT program where student who have honned their craft are typically hired by their OJT post. It is usually the people who couldn't hack it who fall through the cracks. I would say its just you. Lot of love, Yup :)

    • none
      July 15, 2014 - 16:49

      @Yup I know lots of grads who are very good at what they do. They work extra hours and were pulling in top grades. But still no jobs. Seems like the people who are trained can not find work

    • none
      July 15, 2014 - 18:15

      @yup Also almost no one got hired on through OJT this year. I only know of one or two people

    • Yup :)
      July 16, 2014 - 06:11

      Just because you were "trainned" doesn't mean you can do. Lots of people have diplomas and degress and worked very hard in school, however just barely got by, or only passed due to things like extra credit assignments or last minute miracles. This is industry requires more than a diploma because it is so competative. It requires you to be at the top of your game. You can say you were trainned in all those languages, however I am willing to bet you know a little bit about many language, but have to intimate knowledge of any of them. A diploma doesn't make you entitled to a job, you performance does. If these people didn't perform as expected at their OJT, did they really deserve the job just because they showed up? Yup :)

  • none
    July 12, 2014 - 16:04

    This is great that the IT sector is growing. However about half of the class from Holland college which graduated in may of this year has not found employment. The class was small only 13-16 people graduated. Then I find out that some IT businesses sponsored people to take Java at UPEI. Why not hire the people that have been trained in Java, HTML, CSS, SQL, JavaScript PHP and other languages and and database and network design. Most of the ones who did find work are working at CRA which pays well or other places which pay next to an insult for salary. To me this seems silly. But it could just be me.

    • Maybe
      July 16, 2014 - 07:21

      While this doesn't apply to everyone who graduated - when you put in just enough effort to get by or pass the course (and even worse, are proud of barely passing...), why would anyone in their right mind hire you?