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Sue Abu-Hakima

What is your current job?

Co-Founder CEO Amika Mobile Corporation.

What made you want to pursue a career in engineering?

I wanted to get into the workforce fast and earn a good wage.

What’s your favourite part of your job? Creation of technology from taking an idea and making it real while leading an excellent team.

How do you celebrate National Engineering Month?

Taking time out to speak to young kids deciding on future careers and trying to inspire them to get into a technology or science career.

What advice do you have for young women who hope to pursue a career in your field? Go for it! Don’t listen to others that try and discourage you that it is too hard or a field for nerds and geeks! This is a great field where your salary can be fairly high and there are so many options you can try in it and there is no wrong decision in choosing a field of study in engineering as it immediately brings you a rewarding career and a lot of respect as engineers have to create the world we live in – Internet, Mobile Phones, Facebook, Google, etc.

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Sue is Co-Founder/CEO of her second start-up Amika Mobile. Sue is a rare woman technology CEO who has a reputation for excellence and innovation. As a two-time founder/CEO, she has formed boards of directors and advisors and directs business strategy, ensuring product development matches customer pain points. Her leadership is pivotal in securing private financing and forming effective management, business and technical teams.

Her first company, AmikaNow! was launched as a spin-off from government R&D labs in 1998. Its Compliance Business was acquired by Entrust in 2004. As Entrust VP Content Technology, Sue transitioned the compliance business. As a CEO she has created hundreds of jobs – most in AI software and Security.

Sue holds a McGill University B.Eng. and has honors M.Eng. (thesis) and Doctorate degrees from Carleton University in AI. Sue is adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa and has mentored countless students. She was the Vice Chair of the Ontario Centres of Excellence Board, and is on the Private Sector Advisory Board for the National Centres of Excellence.

During her 30 years in technology, she has established an exemplary record as an Industry leader, employer and a technology pioneer. Sue holds 20 International patents in content analysis related to messaging (with 13 more pending). As many as 27 Global Companies have cited her pioneering patents.

Sue’s companies have won dozens of awards including the Top 10 companies to watch by IDC, ASIS Accolades for Critical and Emergency Situation management and a Top 10 Angel Backed company Nationally. She has published and presented over 100 papers. Sue is often an invited speaker and has spoken at ASIS, RSA, Inbox, NetSeC, CTIA and Burton Catalyst. Sue is an avid Ottawa Senators hockey fan. Sue was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2011 and was given the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for Service to Canada in June 2012.

Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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