Chipworks, the leader in reverse engineering and technical analysis of semiconductors and microelectronic systems announced that the Canadian Advanced Technology Association – Women in Technology Forum (CATA WIT Forum) has named Julia Elvidge, president of Chipworks as a co-winner of the Sara Kirke Award recognizing her as one of Canada’s leading high tech entrepreneurs.
The Sara Kirke Award winners were announced this evening at CATA’s Innovation Awards Gala. The award was presented by the Honourable Harinder Takhar, Ontario’s minister for small business and entrepreneurship. It is given to women who have shown outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership — leadership that has signficantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. This is the scond time that this award has been handed out to co-winners; sharing the award with Julia Elvidge is Dr. Suhayya Abu-Hakima, president, co-founder and CEO of AmikaMobile.
“We are pleased to recognize Julia Elvidge’s accomplishments in Canada’s high tech community,” says John Reid, president CATA. “She has made significant contributions to the future of women in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry. She has made a profound impact and will continue to be a role model to young women making their career decisions today.”
“Chipworks is proud of Julia’s achievements inside and outside of technology” says Terry Ludlow, CEO and founder of Chipworks. “She is an exceptional leader and communicator. Julia’s technical skills, business skills, curiosity and knowledge have helped to grow Chipworks from a two person operation, to one of more than 120 persons and a worldwide presence.”
Julia Elvidge has been with Chipworks since 1993 where she progressed through senior roles in all areas of the Company and was appointed president in 2003.
Sara Kirke is considered by many to be North America’s first entrepreneur. Sara Kirke arrived in Newfoundland in 1638 with her husband David Kirke, who was soon recalled to England. Sara, however, continued to reside in Avalon, and conducted business as usual from the Pool Plantation. Lady Kirke was a remarkable individual as she managed affairs at the Pool Plantation and became one of the most successful merchants on the English Shore – and was almost certainly North America’s first and foremost woman entrepreneur.
Chipworks is an internationally recognized technical services company that analyzes the circuitry and physical composition of semiconductors and electronic systems. Our services include a wide range of applications in patent licensing support and competitive study. For more than 14 years, Chipworks has successfully helped semiconductor and electronics organizations achieve their goals by supporting research and development efforts in strategic product development and patent portfolio management. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Chipworks has offices in Warsaw, Poland; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The Company is represented in Israel.