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UHN’s Matt Anderson named CIO of the year

TORONTO – The Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA), in partnership with CIO Canada magazine, has named Matthew Anderson (pictured at left), vice president and chief operating officer of the University Health Network (UHN), as the CIO Canada CIO of the Year for 2005.

Anderson, a leading figure in the transformation of healthcare institutions through the application of information and communications technologies, expressed complete surprise when called onstage to receive the CIO of the Year Award during the 13th annual CIPA Gala Banquet on November 1 in Toronto.

The banquet was a salute to the 25 organizations that won awards in the annual CIPA competition to find and promote the “best of the best” among innovative Canadian companies and not-for-profit organizations. University Health Network, comprising three Toronto hospitals – Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret, as well as Toronto Medical Laboratories – was the gold winner in the Customer Care, Not For Profit category for implementing a system to automate the ordering, filling and administering of drug prescriptions for patients.

In addition to presenting Anderson the prestigious award on stage, John Pickett, IT World Canada’s Vice President & Editorial Director and the Canadian CIO Executive Council’s Director, presented the winner with a complimentary membership to the exclusive CIO Executive Council of Canada.

The CIO Executive Council of Canada is a members-only group that gives CIOs a united voice on technology matters and enables them to act as trusted, unbiased resources to one another while strengthening their businesses and collectively advancing the CIO profession.

Together, the members influence key industries, academic, media, venture capitalists and policy makers to shape the future of information technology and its role in the global economy.

“I was in complete shock,” Anderson said. “I had no idea. I didn’t even know I had been nominated.”

Anderson has led several transformational projects at UHN. Norm Kirkpatrick, president & CEO of CIPA, called him “an exceptional leader in the advancement of e-health systems in the Greater Toronto Area.”

CIPA is Canada’s oldest and largest awards program in the field of information technology and the premier showcase for Canadian IT and innovation. It is supported by its Managing Sponsor, CGI Group Inc., and other leading industry sponsors as well as allied technology associations. The mission of the awards is to celebrate visionary organizations that have developed innovative results-based technology solutions. Web site: