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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . .

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      •     Member of the inaugural Prime Ministers Round Table on Business/ Community Partnerships Founding President/CEO Chain Reaction Foundation

      •     Director International Board of Advice Corporate and Social Responsibility Deakin University

Margaret was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1991 and has been honoured by the United Nations in being declared a world leader on volunteering and community development.

And now she has been made a life member of IAVE. Congratulations to Margaret.

In closing, I would just like to recognise, along with Mr Wall, the organisation Focus, for which I am one of the ambassadors. I would recognise the fine leadership of Tina and all her staff, and of course its hardworking board.

National iAwards

Tuggeranong United Football Club

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (4.34): Today l would like to recognise a local Canberran who was nominated for and won an award at the prestigious National iAwards held in Melbourne on 29 August this year. These awards recognise companies at the forefront of technology and innovation as well as recognising and honouring top professionals across the ICT industry. In their 20th anniversary year the iAwards most importantly acknowledged the achievements of Australian innovators and the skill and drive that make Australia unique.

To use their own words, the key goal of the iAwards is to discover, recognise and reward the ICT innovations that have the potential to, or are already having a positive impact on, the community—at home, in the office and on a global scale. The iAwards also recognise the achievements made and value added by ICT professionals, CIOs and innovators. These awards are judged by industry for industry, with host partners notably including the Australian Computer Society—ACS—the Australian Information Industry Association—AIIA—and the Pearcey Foundation, and strongly advocate the importance of recognising the innovation and productivity which ICT delivers across all facets of Australian life.

I congratulate all who won an award at this year's event. However, I would like to make particular mention of our local Canberran, the winner of the pioneer domain CSIRO Benson Entrepreneur of the Year award, John De Margheriti, founder, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. For those who are unaware of Mr De Margheriti's prowess in the IT industry, he has had a long and successful career working within the gaming development sector. Mr De Margheriti founded Micro Forte in 1985 and has harnessed his entrepreneurial skills to create and develop several other organisations over the years, most notably BigWorld Pty Ltd, an online game company which he went on to sell in 2012.


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