As a two-time founder/CEO, she has formed boards of directors and advisors and directs the business strategy, ensuring that product development matches customer pain points, as well as customer relationships which are key to an SMB. Her first company, launched as a spin-off from NRC government labs was AmikaNow! The compliance business unit within AmikaNow! was purchased by Entrust. As VP of Content Technology at Entrust, Sue transitioned the compliance business within Entrust. Sue started her career at BNR (Nortel Labs). Over her tenure as a CEO she has created hundreds of jobs in tech.
Sue holds a B.Eng. from McGill University, M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from Carleton University specializing in Artificial Intelligence. Sue is an adjunct Professor at University of Ottawa and has mentored countless undergraduate and graduate students in AI. Sue is on the Big Data Advisory Board at Dalhousie as well as on the McGill University Advisory Board. She contributes to the National Centers of Excellence and has been a director on boards for 28 years including the OCE and NCE PSAB. She has also contributed to the Prime Minister's Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs.
She has given countless invited speeches on entrepreneurship and AI as it pertains to messaging and security. Sue was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011 for excellence and achievement, the Province's highest honour. She was also awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2012. She was selected in 2015 as a WXN Top 100 Powerful Woman in Canada and by the Women of Influence as a Top 25 in 2014. She was chosen Canada's Advanced Technology Entrepreneur in 2007. During her 34 years in high-tech, Sue has established an exemplary record of professional accomplishment and service to her community; as an Industry leader, employer and a technology pioneer in the field of practical applications of AI. Sue has 30 International patents in messaging, content analysis and security. As many as 27 Global Companies have cited her pioneering patents. She has published and presented over 100 papers. Sue is an avid Ottawa Senators hockey fan.
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