People on the move: Erin Blaskie named L-Spark marketing director

Erin Blaskie
Erin Blaskie

Erin Blaskie has been named Kanata startup accelerator L-Spark’s director of marketing. Blaskie is L-Spark’s former community manager and has over a decade of experience helping to increase the visibility of technology startups and large corporations. Before joining L-Spark in 2017, she founded her own digital marketing firm that worked with more than 300 entrepreneurs and startups.

Erin Crowe has joined Kanata tech firm Martello as its chief financial officer. Crowe, who brings more than two decades of experience to the role, was previously CFO at ProSlide Technology, CFO and COO of the Regional Group of Companies and executive vice-president and CFO of Senators Sports & Entertainment.

Kimberly Leet has joined the ADGA Group as director of talent acquisition. She was previously senior director of recruiting services at the Associates Group and Sterling Global. ADGA employs more than 700 people nationally, delivering professional services and solutions to its clients in the areas of defence, security and enterprise computing.

Hats off

Pythian vice-president of business development Vanessa Simmons has been named to CRN Magazine’s 2018 Women of the Channel list. Executives on the annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. CRN editors select the honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

The Canadian Museum of Nature has received the 2018 Gold MUSE Award for multimedia installations from its global museum peers for its Beyond Ice multimedia installation, which was created in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada. The installation, which debuted in June 2017, transports visitors to the Arctic’s sounds, light, sights and even touch with slabs of real ice. Arctic scenes and animation by Inuit artists projected on the ice bring the installation to life as visitors walk through it and explore the ice up close.

User interface software maker Crank Software has been selected as a recipient of the John Deere Supplier Innovation Award for 2017 in the Electronic Solutions division. The award is presented to select suppliers that have demonstrated innovation in a product or service they provide and is based on four factors – creativity, feasibility, collaboration and bottom-line impact.

Aurore Lemarinier, visitor information project co-ordinator for Ottawa Tourism, has been named Tourism Champion of the Year by Attractions Ontario. Lemarinier was honoured for her tireless volunteer work and dedication to the promotion of Ottawa over the past year.