Vancouver, BC, June 5, 2018—Copperleaf® CEO, Judi Hess, was awarded Person of the Year by the BC Tech Association at its 2018 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) on the evening of Friday, June 1st. The Person of the Year award commemorates an individual who has made a significant entrepreneurial contribution to the BC tech ecosystem in the past year.
Judi began her career as a software developer at MDA and spent 14 years there before joining Creo Inc. in 1995. She rose to become president in 2002, a position she held until Creo was acquired by Eastman Kodak for just under $1 billion USD in 2005. Judi spent 9 years on the British Columbia Premier’s Technology Council supporting policy development for the tech sector within the province. She is currently a member of the Federal Economic Strategy – Clean Technology Table, and board of directors of Pason Systems Inc. Under Judi’s leadership, Copperleaf’s revenues have grown by 843% over the past five years and the company has become one of the top 20 biggest software companies in BC and one of the fastest-growing software companies in Canada.
Judi is a strong proponent of women in business, technology, and leadership. During her time as CEO of Copperleaf, she has increased the percentage of female employees from 10% to almost 30%. A long-time supporter of increasing diversity in the workforce, she was recently featured as one of B.C.’s Most Influential Women in BCBusiness magazine.
“It’s truly an honour to receive this award. My fellow nominees and I have all been passionate about helping to grow the tech sector in British Columbia,” said Judi Hess, Copperleaf CEO. “I am especially proud that Copperleaf has now won a Technology Impact Award for the third consecutive year. It is a testament to the ongoing hard work and dedication of our team and I’m honoured to share this award with all of them.”
“Each year we are blown away by the accomplishments in our growing community, and the visionary companies and individuals who are paving the way forward in tech,” said Jill Tipping, BC Tech President and CEO. “This year we had an incredible group of finalists who impressed the judges with the quality and diversity of their achievements. From law to natural resource management to retail, this year’s winners demonstrate that technological advancement is the bedrock for industry success and positive social change. We congratulate all the winners and finalists on their contributions towards building a strong, vibrant future for BC and the world we share.”
The 2018 Person of the Year Award is presented in partnership with Korn Ferry. The winners of the 25th annual TIAs were announced at the Technology Impact Awards Gala, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The complete list of winners is available here.
About the Technology Impact Awards
Founded in 1994 by the BC Tech Association, the Technology Impact Awards celebrate cutting-edge technology, and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map. Every year, submissions are received from companies of all sizes and sectors from across the province. The 25th anniversary will celebrate the legends of the past and the future of tech in B.C.
About BC Tech Association
Making British Columbia the best place to grow a tech company has been the mission of the BC Tech Association since 1993. While its members focus on growing their businesses, BC Tech has been providing opportunities for our industry members to collaborate, learn, and grow together. They are dedicated to connecting companies, developing talent, and advocating so the tech industry and the province of BC thrive. www.wearebctech.com
Copperleaf provides decision analytics to companies managing critical infrastructure. Our enterprise software solutions leverage operational and financial data to help our clients make investment decisions that deliver the highest business value. In 2018, Business in Vancouver magazine named Copperleaf one of Canada’s top 20 Fastest-Growing Software Companies. Copperleaf is a member of The Institute of Asset Management (IAM) and actively participates in shaping the future of asset management standards, including ISO 55000. Headquartered in Vancouver, our solutions are distributed and supported by regional staff and partners worldwide. We are committed to building a better world, one decision at a time.
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