Press Release. The 2015 ACT Pearcey Entrepreneur Award was presented to Mr Greg Boorer at the Digital Canberra gala dinner in the Gandel Hall of the National Gallery of Australia. Mr Boorer is a well-known identity in the ICT industry in the nation's capital having started Canberra Data Centres (CDC) just eight years ago in 2007. Today CDC is the dominant data centre vendor in the ACT with more than 40 Federal and ACT government agencies as customers.
In presenting the winner with the award, the 2014 Benson Entrepreneur Award winner Mr John de Margheriti said "Greg Boorer has demonstrated his entrepreneurial skills by raising substantial capital to build the data centres as well as growing the necessary revenues streams to be successful. He certainly risked a lot and has made a major difference in the Canberra data centre marketplace."
"As a 100% Australian owned SME, I am immensely proud of the achievements of CDC. From a simple idea, in just a few short years, CDC has grown to be an innovative business that punches well above its weight in an industry segment dominated by multi-national and publicly listed companies." said Mr Greg Boorer. "Against the odds, through perseverance, customer focus and extreme design innovation, CDC has grown to be a company of significance in Australia valued at hundreds of millions of dollars hosting the computing resources of the majority of Federal Government as well as the ACT Government with a bright future ahead."
Greg Boorer is the CEO of Canberra Data Centres (CDC). Before CDC, the 14 year IT industry veteran was the executive manager of local systems integrator ASI Solutions. Previously, Greg lived and worked in Germany for more than six years with Integra GmbH, a pan‐European operator of data centres and high speed fibre networks. Following the sale of Integra to the US firm Genuity Inc, Greg moved onto banking middleware provider Wolf Systems in Frankfurt where he worked for the next five years as their Global Business Relationship Manager. During these five years, Greg travelled extensively throughout Europe, the US and Asia and managed to successfully setup strategic partnerships with many leading retail banking solution providers who in turn integrated Wolf Systems' middleware into their retail banking platforms. This period also reinforced Greg's understanding of the data centre world due to global exposure to robust banking facilities in every corner of the world. Greg holds a bachelor's degree in Information Science from the University of Newcastle, Australia, is the Chair of the Federal and ACT Council of the Australian Information Industry Association and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chair of the Pearcey Foundation, Mr Wayne Fitzsimmons, in introducing the winner announced that Mr Boorer will be a finalist in the 2015 Benson Entrepreneur Award to be announced on 17th November in Sydney. The Pearcey Foundation and the ACS National organisation are joining forces for this national awards evening after the Reimagination Summit. The Pearcey Foundation is delighted that CSIRO is once again sponsoring the Benson Entrepreneur Award. CSIRO's support will ensure this nationwide competition produces the highest quality nominees drawn from all seven states.
About the Pearcey Foundation
The Pearcey Foundation Inc. was established in 1998 to raise the profile of the Australian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry and profession. It was created in the memory of one of the greatest pioneers of the Australian ICT industry, Dr Trevor Pearcey. By celebrating the heroes in our industry, past present and future, the Foundation is looking to attract and encourage young Australians into this most exciting of global high technology sectors of our nation.
About the Benson Entrepreneur Award
The Benson Entrepreneur Award is an annual "winner of winners" award selected from the seven state and territory Pearcey Award winners. Sponsored by CSIRO, this award recognises a mid-career ICT entrepreneur who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian ICT industry. The Award commemorates the work and dedication of long-term champion of the Australian ICT industry, Tony Benson, who died in February 2005. An industry stalwart for more than 40 years, Tony set an outstanding example of selfless contribution to Australian ICT industry development.
Further Information: Wayne Fitzsimmons, Pearcey Chair 0418.382.625