Amika Mobile top executive joins community of Canada's most iconic women leaders
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2015) -
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Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's top female executive talent, their organizations and their networks. Sue Abu-Hakima will receive the Sun Life Trailblazers and Trendsetters award for being an innovator and one of the rare women in technology who is both a Founder and CEO, and who has exited one start-up and is working on her second. Sue has 30 International patents in technology in AI, messaging and security. She has set an example as a tech Founder/CEO for 16 years and has had a strong impact on women entrepreneurs while contributing to non-profit boards for 28 years. Sue will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 26th.
Sue Abu-Hakima co-founded Amika Mobile, joining as CEO in 2007, and has had a profound impact by leading the company through its development and launch of new, innovative products, which have recently garnered top awards in the public safety and security industry. She also drives partnerships and customer acquisition for Amika Mobile, successfully signing marquee customers such as CBSA in Canada and the Albany VA Hospital in the US, amongst many others.
As a proud supporter of women in leadership and technology, Amika Mobile works to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women to help them thrive and succeed within high tech by setting a strong example for women in business.
"Receiving the Top 100 Trailblazer and Trendsetters award from the WXN is a great honor for me and I am hoping to continue to set a strong example for young women who have so many more opportunities to thrive in today's rapidly changing technology world on the web, in social media, in security or with mobile apps. It is far easier to get something going today than it was 16 years ago and I am hoping to continue to help inspire and mentor young people starting up." said Sue Abu-Hakima, CEO Amika Mobile.
The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what's possible.
"For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners, it's an opportunity to pay it forward," says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. "WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them."
Sue Abu-Hakima joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada's most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.
The full list of WXN's 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.
About Suhayya (Sue) Abu-Hakima, Order Ontario, M.Eng., Ph.D.
Sue Abu-Hakima is Co-Founder/CEO of Amika Mobile, focused on situational awareness, communications and control in critical and emergency situations. During 32 years in technology, Sue established an exemplary record as an Industry leader, employer and technology pioneer. Sue holds 30 International patents in content analysis, communications and security. As many as 35 Global 100 Companies have cited her pioneering patents. Sue is a rare woman technology CEO with a reputation for excellence and innovation. As a two-time start-up founder/CEO, she forms boards of directors and advisors and directs business strategy. Her leadership is key in securing financing and forming effective teams. Her first start-up, AmikaNow! spun out of NRC government R&D labs in 1999, was focused on AI and automatic content analysis. Its Compliance Business was acquired by Entrust in 2004. As Entrust VP Content Technology, she transitioned the acquisition. She has created over 200 high tech jobs in her start-ups. Sue holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill and honours Masters and Doctorate degrees in AI from Carleton University. Sue has served on boards for 28 years. She served as Vice Chair and Director for Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) for 8 years, and an Advisor on the Private Sector Advisory Board for National Centers of Excellence (NCE) for NSERC for 6 years. She is on the Big Data Institute Advisory Board of Dalhousie University and McGill University's strategic advisory board. Sue's companies have won 18 awards including Top 10 Company to watch by IDC, ASIS Judge's Choice and Security's Best Accolades and Top 5 and Top 10 Angel Backed Company in Ontario and Nationally from NACO. She has published and presented over 125 publications. Often an invited speaker, she has spoken at ASIS, RSA, Inbox, NetSeC, CTIA, etc. Sue was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2011 and was given the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for Service to Canada in June 2012. Sue was named a Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada for Business in 2014. Twitter: @AmikaAlert
About Amika Mobile: Amika Mobile Corporation is privately held specializing in critical and emergency communication and control. Its flagship product, the Amika Mobility Server (AMS), addresses IOT and BYOD security and is ideal for alert/response in enterprise, community, airport, sports arena, shopping center and campus where visitors may not always be pre-registered in a contacts database since the AMS can auto-discover mobile devices for emergency alert/response. AMS alerts securely over wire or mobile to ANY layer including WiFi, SMS, Email, VoIP, PA systems, Message Boards, Twitter, RSS Feeds, Facebook, etc. AMS and Amika®Panic can trigger lockdowns and alerts based on disparate events from access control, fire panels, cameras, wall mounted, desktop or mobile panic buttons, etc. Amika® Situation Commander tracks event alert/response in real-time. AMS delivers advisory government alerts from NOAA, IPAWS, NAAD System, Alert Ready and MASAS in CAP /CAP-CP formats. Amika Mobile has won 18 awards and sells products through partners. See www.amikamobile.com
About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.
Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.
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