Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President

Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President











Canadian Tulip Festival Presents Tulip to American Embassy

Ottawa (Vocus) February 18, 2009

– U.S. President Barack Obama will make his first foreign visit as President on Thursday, February 19, spending the day in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Short videos of Ottawans welcoming the President and giving him advice on what he should see in Ottawa and know about Canadians have been posted at http://www.ottawatourism.ca (direct link is http://www.ottawatourism.ca/en/multimedia-a-images/video).

To celebrate the occasion, the local tourism industry has created several Obama-themed offerings, including:


    The Obama BeaverTail, also known as an ObamaTail. A BeaverTailTM is a hot pastry treat born in Ottawa. It’s made of wholewheat dough stretched into the shape of the tail of one of Canada’s national symbols–the beaver–then float cooked in canola oil and served hot with a variety of delectable toppings. Usually Canadians choose from a topping of cinnamon and sugar, chocolate hazelnut, maple butter or apple cinnamon but on February 19, the ObamaTail will be served with cinnamon and sugar, then a whipped cream “O” topped with chocolate sauce and a splash of maple. They’re $ 3.75 each at the flagship store in the ByWard Market neighbourhood, or $ 4 each at kiosks along the Rideau Canal Skateway. ObamaTails were also served to 1000 guests of the Canadian Embassy in Washington during President Obama’s January inauguration. http://www.beavertails.ca
    A five-foot tulip painted (see photo at right) with President Obama’s likeness by Ottawa artist Jill Alexander will be presented to the Embassy of the United States by the Canadian Tulip Festival. This annual event in Ottawa is the world’s largest tulip festival and runs May 1-18, 2009. Similar large painted tulips decorate the major festival sites. http://www.tulipfestival.ca
    A non-alcoholic Obama Hawaiian Punch will be served to all guests at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ottawa Airport on February 19. http://www.hieottawa.com
    An Obama-themed menu will be offered on February 18 and 19 at Graffiti’s Italian Eatery at the Holiday Inn Select in Kanata (west Ottawa). The menu features the Senator Obama Chicago-Style Omelette, the Barack Burger, the Inaugural Dinner Washington-Style and the Obamatini! http://www.hisottawa.ca
    And “Claudio the Soup Guy” at Muffins Plus in the World Exchange Plaza’s food court downtown continues to sell out of his President Obama Chili Soup. He’s been making it–and selling out–since President Obama’s election in November.

Ottawa is a city brimming with internationally renowned museums, cultural attractions, a thriving culinary scene and a four-season outdoor paradise for those who like to bike, kayak, canoe, jog, or skate! President Obama’s visit comes just before the final weekend of Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, which features skating on the frozen Rideau Canal, snow and ice sculptures, outdoor concerts, children’s snow playgrounds, and all types of outdoor activities. http://www.winterlude.gc.ca

Ottawa Tourism provides industry leadership and destination marketing to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. For events, restaurant listings, maps, hotel packages and more, visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca

For more information, please contact:

Jantine Van Kregten    

Director of Communications, Ottawa Tourism

613-237-5150, ext. 116

613-866-4955 (mobile)

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Trialstat Appoints Deidre Redmond to Vice President Clinical Affairs

Trialstat Appoints Deidre Redmond to Vice President Clinical Affairs










Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) September 22, 2006

TrialStat Corporation (http://www.trialstat.com), a clinical data management on demand company, today named Deidre Redmond to the position of Vice President Clinical Affairs. Ms. Redmond has more than 20 years of clinical research experience in addition to a number of years as a registered nurse in the areas of critical care and oncology. Her primary role at TrialStat will be to guide the development of ClincialAnalytics (CA) 3.0(tm), the company’s on demand EDC platform, and data management services to ensure they remain innovative, effective and standards compliant.

“Deidre’s comprehensive knowledge and breadth of clinical research experience will enhance TrialStat’s ongoing focus on delivering highly effective clinical data management solutions for our customers,” said Jonathan Barker, President and CEO, TrialStat. “Deidre has a customer perspective on EDC and data management that will be invaluable as we continue rapid expansion in our U.S. and European markets.”

Prior to joining TrialStat, Ms. Redmond managed Canscot Clinical Research, an independent consultancy specializing in clinical trial management services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and contract research organizations. Her extensive clinical research experience encompasses the full clinical trial lifecycle, from study start-up to regulatory submission. This expertise also includes project management, site training, quality assurance and compliance audits, clinical study rescue and FDA audit preparation and resolution.

“Clinical research organizations are looking for new approaches to cost-effectively streamline the collection and management of trial data in order to reduce time-to-market for new drugs and treatments,” said Ms. Redmond. “TrialStat’s ability to integrate its ClinicalAnalytics EDC platform with its data management services offers research organizations an optimal on demand solution that lowers costs, speeds clinical trial implementation and enhances the quality of research.”

ClinicalAnalytics (CA) is an integrated web and handheld-based EDC solution that enables users to design, configure and manage clinical research projects themselves through a browser interface. This secure, cost-effective approach accelerates project startup, site addition and management, recruitment monitoring, query resolution and final data analysis. TrialStat’s Data Management Services group offers a spectrum of data management services, from biostatistics, data entry, adverse event coding and training to project management among others. These services are available either á la carte or in an integrated suite.

ABOUT TRIALSTAT

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, TrialStat is a privately held company that delivers clinical data management on demand by combining its full suite of data management services with the company’s software as a service products. CA 3.0 is a robust and scaleable clinical EDC on demand solution used by leading academic and contract research organizations. SRS 3.0(tm) automates systematic reviews using real-time collaboration and management tools to achieve transparent, auditable and reproducible results quickly and cost-effectively. For more information, please visit us at http://www.trialstat.com.

ClinicalAnalytics 3.0 is a registered trademark of TrialStat Corporation.

SRS 3.0 is a registered trademark of TrialStat Corporation.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Shelley Mullins    

Media Relations, TrialStat    

613-866-8803        

Kathryn Schwab

Media Relations, TrialStat

613-858-4407

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KePRO Promotes Barbara Knox to Vice President, Product Management

KePRO Promotes Barbara Knox to Vice President, Product Management










Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) July 23, 2011

The Keystone Peer Review Organization, Inc. (KePRO) recently promoted Barbara Knox to the position of Vice President, Product Management. Ms. Knox assumes overall responsibility for directing, planning, and implementing all care management product development objectives.

In her new role, Ms. Knox will develop and implement KePRO’s strategic product development roadmap to maximize the company’s market position and strengthen its growth strategy. “Barbara has proven herself to be a health care market expert during her tenure with KePRO,” said Joseph A. Dougher, chief executive officer. “She will use her expertise to monitor market trends, analyze competitors, and ensure that KePRO’s products help members better manage their health.”

With over 20 years of experience in product development and marketing, Ms. Knox is highly qualified to position KePRO to better meet the needs of health care management clients. “My experience in product development and management, identifying market opportunities, strategic and operational planning, and reengineering and management of operational processes, will help position KePRO to maximize its market presence through innovative fully integrated products that deliver the best return on investment for clients.”

Prior to joining KePRO, Ms. Knox was Vice President of Product Management with SHPS, a health and human resource management company. She was responsible for the implementation of an integrated health management strategy, as well as the development of disease management, utilization management, case management and wellness/health promotion products.

Ms. Knox holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Morgan State University. She has received many awards and recognition, including 100 Leading Black Women, Who’s Who in American Women and 100 Leading Black Professional Women.

About KePRO

KePRO, a leading quality improvement and care management organization, offers innovative and outcomes-focused solutions to reduce the utilization of health care resources and optimize quality of care for public and commercial clients. KePRO’s comprehensive, member centric care management solutions go far beyond traditional utilization and case management by coordinating the care provided to members with acute, chronic and complex conditions across the continuum, and identifying members who are at the highest risk for future services, but have not yet had an acute event. Tailored programs maximize members’ quality of life, and realize greater cost savings for members and clients.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, KePRO also has offices in Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. KePRO is URAC health utilization management and case management accredited. For more information, visit http://www.kepro.com.

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FreeBalance President & CEO Manuel Pietra Wins OCRI Next Generation Executive Award

FreeBalance President & CEO Manuel Pietra Wins OCRI Next Generation Executive Award












Ottawa, Canada (Vocus/PRWEB) April 08, 2011

FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, is pleased to announce that FreeBalance President & CEO, Manuel Pietra, won the Next Generation Executive Award at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Awards Gala last night.

OCRI explains that the Next Generation Executive Award was given to Pietra in recognition of the dynamic change he has led at FreeBalance. This change has resulted in a new corporate culture that includes Corporate Social Responsibility as the core to company mission. FreeBalance financial results continue to improve thanks to a growing international client roster.

“This honour is very much a recognition of the positive change that people at FreeBalance are helping make around the world,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO at FreeBalance. “Corporate social responsibility is core to decision-making at FreeBalance. As a for profit social enterprise, our mission is to help governments leverage our government resource planning technology to improve development outcomes for country growth.”

In mid-2006 following his appointment as FreeBalance President & CEO, Mr. Pietra initiated a new business strategy. This new business plan better addressed the global government market. Strategic goals were changed. The company re-organized. The new FreeBalance business model and planning process was based on the premise of earning “customers for life”.

Social responsibility at FreeBalance extends beyond providing tools for country growth and government transparency. FreeBalance is committed to supporting children’s programs in the developing world. FreeBalance has established partnerships with organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages to directly impact the lives of thousands of children.

Refining processes to be more customer-centric has resulted in improvements in FreeBalance sales execution and operational efficiency. The company is growing at a rate of 18-20% per year thanks to operationalizing and adapting the strategy originally developed in 2006. FreeBalance is active in 19 countries, including Antigua & Barbuda, Panama, Canada, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda among others.

FreeBalance software manages more than a quarter trillion ($ US) annual budgets worldwide. More than 70,000 users around the world use FreeBalance software to manage a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000.

About FreeBalance

FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit http://www.freebalance.com.

About Manuel Pietra, FreeBalance President and CEO

Manuel Pietra is a global executive with more than 20 years of successful management experience from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. As President and CEO of FreeBalance, Mr. Pietra leads global growth strategies, organizational restructuring and customer engagement. Manuel Pietra has held executive positions on the boards of several international companies and actively participated in the venture capital arena. He holds a degree in Business Management from the South African Institute of Management and is a board member for the International Consortium on Government Financial Management (ICGFM). Mr. Pietra is multilingual and often speaks at high profile investment seminars and technology conferences across the world in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

About Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI)

Leading the way for Ottawa, OCRI is the city’s economic development agency. OCRI is the rallying point to bring business, education, research and talent together to create the winning economic conditions that allow Ottawa’s knowledge-based companies to thrive locally and compete globally. At OCRI we promote sustainable economic development to maintain our high quality of life. For more information on OCRI visit our website at http://www.ocri.ca and for more information on the Ottawa Region please visit http://www.ottawaregion.com. In 2010, Ottawa was named one of the world’s top seven intelligent communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

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Privasoft President Shafique Shamji Appointed to the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors

Privasoft President Shafique Shamji Appointed to the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors











Ottawa, ON (Vocus) July 27, 2010

Privasoft, a world leader in specialized software for access to information and privacy (ATIP) process automation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shafique Shamji, Privasoft President, to the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors. Shamji has been the President of Privasoft (http://www.privasoft.com) since 2008, and has the Board appointment until 2013.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve our community.” Mr. Shamji said, as he expressed his enthusiasm for the position. “I appreciate the chance to help ensure the Ottawa Hospital’s core values are maintained in all dealings, and look forward to the challenges this position will bring.”

The Ottawa Hospital, one of Canada’s largest acute care hospitals, is governed by a voluntary Board of Governors. The Board of Governors reviews the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of the hospital. Additionally, the Board is tasked with ensuring that the hospital is properly using the resources available to best serve the health needs of the community.

Privasoft has operated in Ottawa for close to twenty years, serving the Government of Canada along with provincial and municipal governments to help improve process efficiency by automating their access to information operations.

About Privasoft – http://www.Privasoft.com/

For nearly 20 years, Privasoft has been delivering software and services to automate case management in public sector and regulated industries. Privasoft customers must comply with legislative, regulatory and internal requirements and are represented in health care, law enforcement and all levels of government. They rely on Privasoft to capture, analyze, track, process and report on case work related to information disclosure processes. Privasoft is a Microsoft Certified Partner with offices in Ottawa, ON, Arlington, VA, and Brentford, Middlesex.

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