Tony Bailetti, director of Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program, has won Ontario’s Leadership in Immigrant Employment Award in the entrepreneur category.
Scotiabank – Ottawa won the award in the employer category and the Ontario Human Rights Commission in the champion category.
The Hon Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, presented the three awards at a ceremony held in Toronto on March 7.
The entrepreneur category acknowledges an immigrant entrepreneur who has contributed to Ontario’s globally connected economy and prosperity by creating jobs and valuing workforce diversity and inclusion.
Jerry Tomberlin, dean of the Sprott School of Business represented Carleton at the awards ceremony.
“Tony’s award is a proof point of Carleton’s commitment to immigrants, entrepreneurship, and international trade,” said Tomberlin. “The TIM program, Sprott’s MBA programs in Ottawa, China and Colombia, Sprott’s international business program as well as many other Carleton programs bridge innovative and forward-thinking companies and individuals in Ontario with talented individuals in many other countries.”
Bailetti has a legacy of helping immigrant entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies and talented immigrants secure jobs with technology startups.
“In addition to their skills and knowledge, immigrants provide us with their connections to the world, which are incredibly important to all entrepreneurial ventures,” said Bailetti. “Immigrants contribute to the health of many of Ontario’s entrepreneurial ecosystems.”
A Carleton faculty member for 37 years, Bailetti was born and raised in Peru and immigrated to Canada after completing an MBA and PhD at the University of Cincinnati. In 2011, he won the Ottawa Innovation Community Award from the Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation (OCRI). In 2007, he won a Carleton University Leadership Breakthrough Award and in 1996 he won a Carleton University Teaching Award.
About Entrepreneurship at Carleton:
Carleton has a history of innovation and collaborating with the private and public sectors to promote economic development. We have long embraced the need to mentor people with innovative ideas. For the past decade, we have been leaders in encouraging and facilitating entrepreneurship among our students and alumni, and within the community. Our venture Accelerator can take an idea or solution to the next level of launching and growing successful businesses.