Innovation & Leadership Awards

At CATA's 31st Annual Leadership Awards Gala, Suzanne Gignac, Partner, EY, presented the RBC Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Teri Kirk, Founder and CEO of Funding Portal.

The EY Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to the woman who has shown outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. This Award aims to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and positive role models for women in Canada’s technology sector.

About Teri Kirk

Teri Kirk is Founder and CEO of Funding Portal. based in Toronto where she has overseen the growth of North America's leading platform for companies seeking improved access to funding, including government incentives, capital and financing markets.

Teri has 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, executive and entrepreneur. As Vice President, Business Development for Bell Canada, she led important national e-commerce initiatives with federal, provincial and municipal governments. As an entrepreneur, she has built and commercialized three ventures using e-business technologies to transform business processes related to law, insurance and now, corporate financing.

She has been recognized as a top female entrepreneur and named one of the top 100 most influential people in Ottawa by Hill Times. Teri has held numerous other business and community posts.

Teri holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master’s degree from Queen's University. She currently chairs the Education and Professional Development Committee on the Board of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA) and sits on the Economic Development Committee of the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

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Innovation & Leadership Awards

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CATAAlliance Leadership Awards Channel recognizes the talent of annual Gala Award Winners as part of bringing awareness to new, upcoming, and trending Canadian technology companies and organizations. Winners and Sponsors showcase their keys to success…


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CATAAlliance Leadership Awards Channel recognizes the talent of annual Gala Award Winners as part of bringing awareness to new, upcoming, and trending Canadian technology companies and organizations. Winners and Sponsors showcase their keys to success and innovation through a series of leadership videos produced by Keshet Technologies.

For three decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala has been celebrating the best in Canadian advanced technology from coast to coast.

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