2023 Awards of Excellence Winners

DRI International congratulates the winners of the 2023 DRI Awards of Excellence. These coveted awards recognize individuals and organizations who have achieved a certain level of excellence in the fields of continuity management, technology recovery, and crisis management.

Winners in the following awards categories are marked below in bold with an asterisk. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners for their exceptional contributions to the business continuity profession.

DRI2023 - Awards of Excellence Gala

CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR

Riddhi Doshi, CBCP  – BDO USA, LLP *
Lisa Jones, MBCP – Control Risks
Marcellus “Fox” Wade, CBCP – Black Fox LLC

COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OF THE YEAR

EXL Service – Business Continuity Management Team
Ikeja Electric PLC – QHSE Department
Metrolinx – COVID-19 Incident Command Team (ICT)*

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Mark Mercader – EXL Service
Thirulogachandar Elumalai, CBCP – Flipkart*
Rahul Madan – EXL Service

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Dhiraj Lal, CBCP
Rich Leonardo, CBCP
Wasim Malik, MBCP
Margaret J. Millett, MBCP
Melody Nunn, CBCP
Frank Perlmutter, CBCP*
Tracey Forbes Rice
Roger A. Stearns, CBCP
John Yamniuk, MBCP, ARMP

PROGRAM LEADER OF THE YEAR – NON-PROFIT SECTOR

Joel Barrett – Alpha Team K9 Search & Rescue
Mary Nelson, CBCP – SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (at Standford University)*

PROGRAM LEADER OF THE YEAR – PRIVATE SECTOR

Mohammad Alsantali – Private Sector
Mompia Saha – EXL Service*
Alfredo Salazar – Celanese Corporation
Dayalan A/L Sathiamutty – TNG Digital Sdn Bhd

PROGRAM LEADER OF THE YEAR – PUBLIC SECTOR

Suzan Ahmad Nasser Hussain Alghanem – Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi *
Fikre Gebretsadkan – Ethio Telecom
Vito Mangialardi – Metrolinx

PRODUCT/SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

CLDigital
Continuity Innovations
Exiger
Fusion Risk Management*
iluminr
Infinite Blue
KETCHConsulting
PwC Malaysia
Rave Mobile Safety
Riskonnect
Usher Technologies Inc.

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Fiserv, Inc. – Global Business Resiliency*
HCL Technologies Ltd. – Crisis & Resilience Team
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits – Southern Glazer’s Business Continuity Team

RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OF THE YEAR

EXL Service – Business Continuity Management Team
TELUS – Corporate Business Continuity Office
Zendesk – Business Resilience*

DRI Canada 2023 AWARD WINNERS

The 2023 DRI Canada Awards will be announced in November 2023. Please check back or visit DRI Canada for more information.

Past Awards of Excellence Winners

2022

Winners

PROGRAM LEADER OF THE YEAR – PRIVATE SECTOR

Tye Clark, William Blair & Company

CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR

Gayathri Jaganathan, PwC Malaysia

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Joseph Dean, Castellan Solutions, Inc.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Michele L. Turner, MBCP

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Disaster Recovery Team, Anthem

RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OF THE YEAR

Information Technology Disaster Recovery Team, Houston Methodist Healthcare

COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OF THE YEAR

TMX Group

PRODUCT/SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Fusion Risk Management

DRI Canada Winners

The DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence honor individuals who are leaders and innovators in the fields of Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR).  DRI CANADA believes that it is our duty to recognize and celebrate excellence and we have committed to continuing the Awards of Excellence program to achieve this strategic goal. The 2022 awards were presented at the Continuity Resilience Today conference in November.

 

Student Award Scholarship Winners

Recognizing a post-secondary student who has, in the past year, presented an exceptional scholarly work (academic paper, report, project, presentation, etc.) that is relevant and adds value to the business continuity, disaster recovery, or emergency management industry.

Mitchell Beaumaster
Jennifer Steenstra

Response and Recovery Award

TELUS

Lifetime Achievement

John Yamniuk

DRI Canada Builder Award 

Nancy Holloway-White

2021

Winners

PROGRAM LEADER OF THE YEAR – PRIVATE SECTOR

Avishay Ben Barak, CBCP, Amdocs

PROGRAM LEADER OF THE YEAR – PUBLIC SECTOR

Dinesh Elangovan, Overseas Security Advisory Council, Chennai Chapter

PROGRAM LEADER OF THE YEAR – NON-PROFIT

Efraim Wielgus, Columbia University Information Technology

CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR

Dennis McNeill, Fusion Risk Management

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Harvey Betan, MBCP
Belinda Wilson

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Natasha Kovach, ABCP, Shell

PRODUCT/ SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Infinite Blue

RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OF THE YEAR

Northrop Grumman

COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OF THE YEAR

Sea Water Injection Department (SWID), Saudi Aramco

TEAM OF THE YEAR

USAA

DRI Canada Winners

Congratulations to the DRI CANADA 2021 Awards of Excellence Recipients!

The DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence honor individuals who are leaders and innovators in the fields of Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR).  DRI CANADA believes that it is our duty to recognize and celebrate excellence and we have committed to continuing the Awards of Excellence program to achieve this strategic goal. Learn more about the DRI CANADA Awards.

Lifetime Achievement

Vito Mangialardi, CBCP

DRI CANADA COVID-19 Response of the Year Award

British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA)

2020

Winners

Consultant of the Year

Sherri Flynn, CBCP, MBCP, RecoveryPlanner

Newcomer of the Year

Nisha Baxi, Fannie Mae

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)

Bonnie Canal, MBCP, Evacuteer.org

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)

Ray Bonilla, CBCP, MBCP, Kaiser Permanente

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)

Dmitri Dits, CBCP, New York City Department of Buildings

Lifetime Achievement Award

David Nolan

R Vaidhyanathan (RV) – MBCP, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Product/Service Provider of the Year

Fusion Risk Management

Team of the Year

Walgreens

Response and Recovery of the Year

Bank of America

DRI CANADA Winners

Congratulations to the DRI CANADA 2020 Awards of Excellence Recipients!

The DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence honor individuals who are leaders and innovators in the fields of Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR).  The 2020 awards were presented virtually at the Continuity Resilience Today conference on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020. Learn more about the DRI CANADA Awards.

Lifetime Achievement

Patrick W. (Butch) Brennan

DRI CANADA Builder Award

Ann Wyganowski

DRI CANADA Volunteer of the Year 
John Yamniuk

 

2019

People

Consultant of the Year

James Green, CBCP, MBCI, Strategic BCP 

Newcomer of the Year

Bogdana Sardak, Fusion Risk Management

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)

Cheryl Griffith, CBCP, St. James Central District Emergency Organization *

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)

Raymond Seid, MBCP, CBCLA, ARMP, CHPCP, McKesson Healthcare *

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)

Banu Mohideenbasha, CBCP, City and County of San Francisco

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann Pickren, OnSolve 

Service Providers

Product/Service Provider of the Year

RecoveryPlanner

Team of the Year

McKesson Healthcare

Response and Recovery of the Year

Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corp.

DRI Canada Winners

The 2019 award winners were honored at the 2019 Continuity Management Symposium held in Toronto.

Lifetime Achievement

Betsey Sayers, MBCP

DRI CANADA Volunteer of the Year 
Frank Slater, CBCP

Board of Directors Achievement Award
This is a one-time award granted by the DRI CANADA Board of Directors in recognition of the significant efforts, dedication, and volunteerism by the Online Learning Steering Committee members through governance. development,and launch of the DRI CANADA on-line learning course.

Michael Hiller, ABCP
Nancy Holloway-White, CBCP, CBCA
Graeme Jannaway, CBCP
John Yamniuk, MBCP, ARMP, MBCI

Michael Hiller, ABCP
Nancy Holloway-White, CBCP, CBCA
Graeme Jannaway, CBCP
John Yamniuk, MBCP, ARMP, MBCI

2018

People

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)
Pauline Williams-Banta, The Energy Authority

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)
Ryan Miller, Howard County Government

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)
Rich Leonardo, OhioHealth

Consultant of the Year
Carlo Kelejian, Continuity Innovations, LLC

Newcomer of the Year
Alexandria Brennan, State Street Bank

Lifetime Achievement Award
Fred “Freddie” H. Sebren

Service Providers

Product/Service Provider of the Year
Fusion Risk Management

Team of the Year
TCF Bank

Response and Recovery of the Year
Gallagher

2017

People

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)
Anthony Pizzitola – TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)
Mudasar Nawaz – City of Toronto

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)
Brian Whitlow – San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster

Consultant of the Year
Edward B. “Ted” Brown – KETCHConsulting

Newcomer of the Year
Purple Kumai – TELUS Communications, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Edward B. “Ted” Brown – KETCHConsulting

2017 DRI International Honor Roll Award Winner
Bobby Williams, MBCP – Director of IT Continuity and Risk Management, Fidelity Investments

Service Providers

Product/Service Provider of the Year
Sungard Availability Services

Team of the Year
Colorado Springs Utilities

Response and Recovery of the Year
TELUS Communications

2016

People

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)
Ashvin Parankusha, GalaxE Solutions Inc.

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)
Bennie R. Moore, CBCP, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Consultant of the Year
Christopher Duffy, Strategic BCP

Industry Newcomer of the Year
William J Kearney, Cameron International

Team of the Year
Aon Service Corporation – Global Business Continuity Management Team

Lifetime Achievement Award
Brian Miller, CBCP, Vanguard EMC Inc.

Strategy & Initiative

Response and Recovery of the Year
Exelon Corporation

Continuity Awareness Award
Amdocs Inc. Corporate BCM Team

Service Providers

Service Provider of the Year
Northrop Grumman

Planning Software of the Year
ClearView Continuity

Notification System of the Year
Send Word Now

2015

People

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)
Larry Chase – Symantec Corporation, CA

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)
Brian Gray – United Nations, NY

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)
Jill Frater – University of Southern California, CA

Consultant of the Year
Arun Sharma – Control Risks, Washington D.C.

Team of the Year
Commercial International Bank – Shatssy Hassan, Egypt

Industry Newcomer of the Year
Emad Aziz – Department of Internal Services, Halifax Canada

Strategy & Initiative

Strategy of the Year
Pauline Williams – Banta – The Energy Authority, FL

Response and Recovery of the Year
Edward Goetz – Exelon Corporation, MD

Continuity Awareness Award
Gina Manos – Kaiser Permanente, CA

Service Providers

IT Infrastructure Award
Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), VA

Planning Software of the Year
ClearView Continuity, United Kingdom

Notification System of the Year
Regroup, CA

2014

People

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)
Chand Basha

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)
Ira Tannenbaum

Lifetime Achievement Award
Tonya T. York

Consultant of the Year
Henry Arocha

Team of the Year
NYC Office Of Emergency Management – COOP Team

Strategy & Initiative

Strategy of the Year
Rajiv Mehta

Continuity Awareness Award
Randy Van Hooser

Response and Recovery of the Year
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.

Service Providers

Service Provider of the Year
Rentsys Recovery Services

IT Infrastructure Award
Amdocs

Planning Software of the Year
ResilienceONE

2013

People

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)
Daniel Mikulsky

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)
Mohammed Jenaibi

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)
Kelley Okolita

Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas Carroll

Consultant of the Year
Neil Kaufman

Team of the Year
Delta Dental – BCP team

Industry Newcomer of the Year
Gina Manos

Strategy & Initiative

Strategy of the Year
Khalid Bahabri, NCB Capital

Continuity Awareness Award
Hewlett Packard GBS BCP & Risk Management team

Response and Recovery of the Year
SunGard Availability Services

Service Providers

Service Provider of the Year
Bruce Gillespie

Notification System of the Year
Send Word Now

IT Infrastructure Award
Computer Science Corporation’s (CSC)

Planning Software of the Year
Computer Science Corporation’s (CSC)

2012

People

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)
Ashish Dahiya

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)
Jennifer Ellis

Lifetime Achievement Award
Edward S. Devlin

Consultant of the Year
Lisa M. Reshaur

Team of the Year
McKesson IT Service Continuity Office

Industry Newcomer of the Year
Ryan P. Kenny

Strategy & Initiative

Strategy of the Year
Delaware Department of Technology and Information

Continuity Awareness Award
Lissette Giorgi

Response and Recovery of the Year
Booz Allen Hamilton

Service Providers

Service Provider of the Year
RecoveryPlanner

Notification System of the Year
SunGard Availability Services

Planning Software of the Year
RecoveryPlanner