Introducing Sue Abu Hakima


Sue is Co-Founder/CEO of her second start-up Amika Mobile focused on situational awareness, communications and control in critical and emergency situations. Sue is a rare woman technology CEO who has a reputation for excellence and innovation. As a two-time founder/CEO and entrepreneur for 15 years, she has formed boards of directors and advisors. As CEO, she directs business strategy; ensuring product development matches customer pain points. Her leadership is pivotal in securing financing and forming effective management, business and technical teams.

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 served as a Director and Vice Chair for Ontario Centres of Excellence for 8 years, and was on the Private Sector Advisory Board for National Centres of Excellence for 7 years and continues to consult to the National Centers of Excellence overseen by NSERC. She was recently invited to the Big Data Institute Advisory Board of Dalhousie University as well as the Advisory Board on Innovation at McGill University.

During her 33 years in technology, she has established an exemplary record as an Industry leader, employer and a technology pioneer. Sue holds 29 International patents in automatic content analysis and communications as related to critical and emergency messaging. As many as 35 Global Companies have cited her pioneering patents including Google, IBM, Xerox, Yahoo!, etc.

Sue’s companies have won dozens of awards including the Top 10 companies to watch by IDC, ASIS Accolades for Critical and Emergency communications and situational awareness and Top 10 Angel Backed Company Nationally and Top 5 in Ontario by the NACO. She has published and presented over 125 papers, she authors the Amika Mobile Blog and writes the @AmikaAlert Twitter feed. Sue is often an invited speaker and has spoken at ASIS, RSA, Inbox, NetSeC, CTIA and Burton Catalyst. She has also contributed to the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs and been asked as a witness to Parliamentary Committees on small business and government procurement strategies. 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. Sue was also named as a Top 25 by the Women of Influence in September 2014 sharing a position with only 5 other in the Business Category.

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