John Chen named Executive of the Year by Ascend Canada

Ascend Canada has announced the recipients for their 4th Annual Ascend Canada Leadership Awards. Among the five individuals recognized at the gala celebrations on April 4th, was BlackBerry CEO John Chen who took home the award for Executive of the Year.

"All of this year's Ascend Canada Leadership Awards recipients are leaders in the community. They're not afraid to speak up for inclusion and are strong proponent of diversity. We're proud to recognize five individuals – from rising star to the C-Suite – for their accomplishments," said Kelvin Tran, President, Ascend Canada.

The Executive of the Year award, sponsored by TD, 'recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to their organization; delivering business results, demonstrating leadership and being at the forefront of innovation.' As highlighted by Ascend Canada:

John Chen, a distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry, is the Executive Chairman of BlackBerry's Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Since joining BlackBerry in November 2013, John has transformed BlackBerry from a 'smartphone' company to a leading software and services company, delivering the 'smart in everything.' Prior to BlackBerry, John led the turnaround of Sybase Inc. from a mature, slower growth technology company into a high-growth innovator.

To go along with the honor of being announced as Executive of the Year, Ascend Canada also created an excellent video highlighting BlackBerry employees discussing John Chen's leadership and congratulating him on his award. If you're looking to learn more about Ascend Canada or to view the full list of winners, you can check out the announcement post via the Ascend Canada website.