Suhayya (Sue) Abu-Hakima, Co-Founder, President/CEO Amika Mobile Corporation
Sue is co-Founder, President/CEO of her second start-up Amika Mobile Corporation launched in 2007. As one of a handful of women technology CEOs who has built her reputation on excellence and innovation, Sue is the driving force behind the company.
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 in 1998, is AmikaNow! The compliance business unit within AmikaNow! was purchased by Entrust in 2004. As VP of Content Technology at Entrust until Dec 2006, Sue transitioned the compliance business within Entrust. Sue started her career at BNR (Nortel Labs). Over her tenure as a CEO she has created over 180 jobs - 110 of them in software engineering and AI.
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 the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centers of Excellence and she is on the private sector advisory board of NSERC's National Centers of Excellence. She has also contributed to the Prime Minister's Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs.
She has given countless invited talks on entrepreneurship, 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 chosen Canada's Advanced Technology Entrepreneur in 2007. During her 28 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 filed 30 International patents in messaging and content analysis. 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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Ken Grigg, Co-Founder, CTO/CIO, Amika Mobile Corporation
Ken is the Co-Founder CIO/CTO at Amika Mobile. Prior to that he was the Director of Content Analysis Products at Entrust while the Compliance Products were transitioned from AmikaNow! to Entrust.
Prior to Entrust's acquisition of the Compliance Business Unit in June 2004 from AmikaNow!, Ken served as the Chief Technology Officer at AmikaNow! He joined AmikaNow! in early 2000 as Vice President of Engineering. Prior to joining AmikaNow! Ken helped shape the early direction of the company as an advisor on the BOA. Ken has worked for 25 years as a senior architect leading teams for Internet and Telecommunications products. He worked for 6 years at Mitel Corporation where he helped pioneer the core of Mitel's VoIP-based telephony and wireless products. At Precise Software Technologies he worked on the core of their popular embedded networking protocol stack. Ken managed the development of a Satellite Ground Station system for Calian/SED Systems.
Ken began his career with 9 intensely formative years at Bell-Northern Research labs (now Nortel Labs), where he worked on projects such as prototyping the concepts of Internet newsgroups (1982) and developing the PC-and phone-based technology for achieving the world's first converged ISDN voice and data call (1986). He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Engineering in Systems and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, where he specialized in parallel and distributed computing. He has filed a number of patents and is considered a pioneer in mobile messaging and VoIP.