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ICTA: The Jury Is Out And The Winners Are In the Mayonnaise Jar!

The die is now cast.  The winners of the coveted Insurance Canada Technology Awards (ICTAs) have been selected and the results have been sequestered.

After the ICTA  jury met earlier this month, a secret ballot was held; the official scrutineer tallied the results, notified the small handful of officials who will be preparing the awards, and, following the sacred tradition of Carnac the Magnificent, hermetically sealed the envelop and placed it in a #2 mayonnaise jar for safekeeping.

Even your faithful Blog Editor and Scribe has been prevented from learning the names of the winners. The four things that we know with certainty are:

  1. The winners all come from fine stock,
  2. Some of the best minds in Insurance Technology made the tough calls,
  3. The votes were agonizingly close, and
  4. The place to be on March 18, 2013 will be  The 2012 Technology Awards Ceremony and Reception where all will be revealed

The Finalists

After they were chosen, we used this space to review the finalists and their accomplishments, and additional detail is found on the official ICTA Finalist page on  In summary, we have:


  • Ingle International
  • Square One Insurance Services
  • The Shepherd Group


  • CAA Insurance
  • Ontario Farm Mutuals
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Unica Insurance


  • Accident Support Services
  • FirstOnSite Restoration

ICTA Jurists

Now that they have completed their work we would like to introduce the jurors who made the selections out of an outstanding field of nominations.

  • Janet Babcock, Chief Information Officer, The Dominion
  • Mark Breading, Partner, Strategy Meets Action
  • Greg Maciag, CEO, ACORD
  • Jim McGregor, Owner, Precept Insurance and Risk Management
  • Rick Orr, Chairman of the Board, Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario
  • Colin Smith, Senior Vice President of Operations, Opta Information Intelligence
  • Catherine Smola, President, CSIO
  • Craig Weber, CEO, Celent
  • Doug Grant, Partner, (ex-officio)

 The Results were Close

We hear a question:  “So, Mr. Editor, if this was a secret ballot, how would you know how close they were?

Doug Grant, the ex-officio juror,  could only cast a ballot in the event of a tie in a category.  After the first count, the official scrutineer notified Mr. Grant that his services might be required for two of the categories.  The recount reveled enough of a difference that Grant was relieved of the responsibility.

So What Next?

The winners will be announced at a special presentation which will end the first day of the Technology Conference, March 18, 2013 at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto.  The presentations will be followed by a reception allowing guests to mix informally with all nominees, finalists and award winners.  Details and registration information can be found on the ICTC2013 site.

See you there!