Ottawa IT Community Awards Night (2008/2009) – Press Release

On Tuesday June 30th 2009, over 100 technology professionals were present at Yuk-Yuk’s downtown location for an end-of-season party and awards ceremony, hosted by four organizations that specialize in Microsoft technology: The Ottawa Code Camp, The Ottawa .NET Community (ODNC), The Ottawa Professional Association for SQL Server, and the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG).

In the words of this year’s event organizer, Colin Melia of DreamDigital, “the hosting organizations bring together like-minded individuals through 10 months of the year for the purpose of transferring IT-related knowledge and fostering relationships.  This event celebrates the successful completion of the season made possible by the efforts of individual members and corporate partners.”

The event sponsors included Ottawa consulting firm Like 10, Inc., training and education provider e-Academy, and technical certification provider CTE Solutions, as well as community sponsors Robert Half Technology and DreamDigital. Over 40 people were recognized for their contributions.

One of the key reasons why people come to the 30+ sessions throughout the year – and volunteer to help – is because the technology itself never stands still, and the groups provide their members with the means to stay connected and continue learning. Leahette Phillips of Robert Half Technology says that “as a partner we especially appreciate the emphasis that the Ottawa .NET Community places on recognizing individuals efforts on continuing education, which is always difficult in a technology space that is constantly changing.”

This year the award for Partner of the Year went to DevTeach – a local company that organizes annual developer conferences in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The other finalists included Robert Half Technology, CTE Solutions, Redgate, and Microsoft Canada’s Technical Community Team.

DevTeach president Jean-René Roy has received numerous accolades for single-handedly creating DevTeach and turning it into a compelling event that developers flock to. Since moving to the Gatineau area from Montreal two years ago, he has worked tirelessly for the community. A self-described “community growth freak”, he says (very modestly) that DevTeach calls this support “nourishment to the communities to help them grow”.

Over the past five years, the hosting organisations have undertaken more and more activities in the communities they serve. Participation – attending study groups, attending sessions, speaking, and helping to organize – turns out to be very rewarding. All the groups urge people to come and find out for themselves next season, starting in September.


· The Ottawa Code Camp ( is a weekend session that features 16-20 sessions that solve various problems using real code that participants can take home.

· The Ottawa .NET Community ( organizes presentations and study groups for developers working with .NET and other Microsoft technology.

· The Professional Association for SQL Server ( organizes presentations and study groups for database professionals who work with Microsoft SQL Server.

· The Ottawa Windows Server User Group ( organizes presentations and study groups for IT professionals who work with various Microsoft server technologies.


Colin Melia



From left to right, Garth Jones, leader, OWSUG; Jean-Rene Roy, president, DevTeach; David Myers,; Orest Hirniak, ODNC.

Photo Credit: John Hansen

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