“Since being elected to Canadian Parliament in 2019, Irek has worked tirelessly with WETechAlliance, our clients, and regional and national partners to advance a technology-centric economic development plan that creates jobs, increases our nation’s competitiveness and drives sustainable growth across every sector of our economy,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WETechAlliance, who was present to receive the award. “We value his commitment to innovation and congratulate him on being named Canadian Official of the Year.”
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Kusmierczyk was instrumental in advocating for a historic connectivity investment of $21M to connect the rural residents of Pelee Island in collaboration with the Government of Ontario. This project, once completed, will be the largest fresh-water fiber project in Canada’s history with over 800 rural residents being able to access high-speed connectivity.
“We are grateful to work with officials like Mr. Kusmierczyk as he is a clear leader in promoting policies that encourage the growth and success of the technology economy and tech workforce,” said Jennifer Young, CEO, TECNA. “We look forward to working with Mr. Kusmierczyk in the future on ways TECNA can be supportive of his efforts and congratulate him on this honour.”
Kusmierczyk is passionate about supporting tech talent through all ages and stages. He regularly consults with the talent community at the high-school and post-secondary levels as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Workforce Development, Disability, and Inclusion to ensure Windsor-Essex and neighbouring Detroit continue to have a collaborative flow of talent that supports the innovative companies and investments he continues to work with the local team to attract.
Among other notable technology and innovation initiatives and advocacy support include:
“I’ve had the privilege of working alongside some incredibly innovative and passionate people who are working together to leverage technology to build better connected, more prosperous, more sustainable and more equal and engaged communities across North America, said Irek Kusmierczyk. “To receive this recognition from those on that frontline, where technology meets community, is both humbling and a great honour.”
For a complete list of 2022 TECNA Innovation Awards, click here.