Nine Canadian IT leaders have been selected as finalists in four categories in the 2020 CIO of the Year awards. The awards program recognizes Canadian technology leaders who have demonstrated business and technological vision, entrepreneurship, a capacity to drive transformation and an ability to drive value. The awards are presented by CanadianCIO in partnership with the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN). PACE Technical would like to congratulate our Director of Technology, Noman Ahmed for being a finalist for the Next Generation Leader Award! Noman transitioned from a Senior Support Technician to this newly created and desperately needed role while PACE Technical was in hyper-growth and technology for small business was becoming mission critical. He has had an enormous yet quiet impact in his position by leading a re-invigoration of the staff and clients and general pride and happiness at PACE Technical. The primary function of our Director of Technology is the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all technology functions at PACE Technical. This includes directing all IT operations to meet customer requirements as well as the development of new technical solutions. This means he must have a detailed understanding of EACH of our clients’ networks to help guide our Client Strategy team in bringing the right results quickly, productively, and efficiently. That is a lofty goal, but one that he meets consistently. Besides his solid knowledge and expertise regarding the ever-changing technical needs of small businesses, he possesses a keen understanding of their unique requirements as business entities. It is the rare ability to combine these two talents that allows him to help create solutions for our clients that are innovative, productive, and budget-conscious, and keep them with us for a long time. Whether working with internal or external groups, our team or those of our clients, Noman looks to find the best outcome for all involved and truly exemplifies the core values of PACE Technical at all times. Noman brings a considered and thoughtful approach to leadership but equally a willingness to learn. Not one to be rushed, he takes the time to listen and make sure everyone is included in the conversation then returns with a thoughtful and inclusive decision. Yet when it is time take the initiative, he does with gusto and determination. His honesty, friendly and considerate nature are qualities that make him a natural leader. Having someone like Noman on our Executive Team is like finding a unicorn – we can proceed with the day-to-day dealings of our organization knowing that our clients’ solutions are being developed and executed with diligence and accountability. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Congratulations on your nomination again, and thank you so much for making us so proud!