Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) board member honoured as technology visionary
OCE’s Board of Directors Vice-Chair Dr. Suhayya (Sue) Abu-Hakima was recently honoured with a brand new distinction that comes around only once every 60 years. Dr. Abu-Hakima, the CEO of Amika Mobile was one of the latest recipients of the newly minted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, being awarded throughout the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year of 2012.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is described as a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her 60 years of service to this country, while honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. For her part, Dr. Abu-Hakima was recognized for “being a technology visionary and tireless volunteer.”
Amika Mobile Corporation is Dr. Abu-Hakima’s second start-up, having sold her first company, AmikaNow! in 2004. She is one of a handful of women technology CEOs, building her reputation on excellence and innovation, with a specialty in Artificial Intelligence. She has also filed 30 International patents in messaging and content analysis and contributed to the Prime Minister's Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs.
Named to the Order of Ontario in 2011, Dr. Abu-Hakima was among a group of 600 distinguished Ontarians already invested with the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario who received the commemorative medal at a gala in Toronto. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, invited recipients of the Order of Ontario to “receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant achievement and remarkable service.”
Dr. Abu-Hakima received her medal alongside other outstanding Ontarians including filmmaker Atom Egoyan, actor Eugene Levy, politician John Manley and NHL player Bobby Orr. In all, 60,000 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals will be awarded throughout 2012.
It has been a remarkable summer for OCE’s Board of Directors with Dr. Abu-Hakima’s colleague, Dr. Hadi Mahabadi being appointed to the Order of Canada on Canada Day.