Amika Mobile top executive joins community of Canada's most iconic women leaders
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 23, 2016) - Amika Mobile is pleased to announce its CEO, Sue Abu-Hakima has been named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. She was also named a Top 100 by the WXN in 2015.
Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's top female executive talent as well as their organizations and 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 public safety, and security. She has set an example as a tech Founder/CEO for 17 years and has had a strong impact on women entrepreneurs while contributing to non-profit boards for 29 years. Sue will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24.
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 public safety and security. 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 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 and setting a strong example for women in business.
"Receiving the Top 100 Trailblazer and Trendsetters award from the WXN for the second year in a row, is a super honour and I hope to continue to set a strong example for young women to thrive in tech today on the web, in social media, in security or with mobile apps. It is getting easier to start-up today than it was 16 years ago and I hope to continue to inspire and mentor the next generation." said Sue Abu-Hakima, Co-Founder/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.
"Women are not just leading companies, headlines and new deals, we're doing so in record numbers. In addition to closing the gender gap for participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, we're excelling at the top levels of every sector," says WXN Owner and CEO, Sherri Stevens. "When WXN created Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, part of the purpose was celebration. By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back and appreciate the hard work and hurdle jumping it took to get here."
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 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://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 34 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 29 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. Sue was also a WXN Top 100 honouree in 2015. Follow on Twitter: @AmikaAlert , LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/suhayya - Suhayya Abu-Hakima, See Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suhayya_Abu-Hakima
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 gunshot sensors, 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 delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our global community of more than 22,000 women, men and their organizations. 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 led by CEO Sherri Stevens, owner of the award-winning, multi-million dollar Workforce Management Company Stevens Resource Group Inc., which she established in 1990. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.