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Meet the Rising Star of the channel

2014 Rising Star winner Laura Wittig is flanked by CDN Editor Paolo Del Nibletto and Ingram Micro's VP of Marketing Jennifer Johnson

Toronto – Presented for the first time at the CDN Women of the IT Channel recognition luncheon was a Rising Star award.

This award was created in collaboration with CDN and Ingram Micro Canada to honour someone with five years or less experience working in the channel.

CDN along with Ingram Micro Canada believe that up-and-coming woman workers in the channel should be recognized. Laura Wittig, a corporate consultant at 2013 CDN Solution Provider of the Year Clear Concepts of Winnipeg, is the first time winner of this award.

The Rising Star award was voted on by the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council.

Wittig outpaced the other worthy candidates for the Rising Star award by forging meaningful business relationships with a number of prominent local accounts, including: the largest School Division in Manitoba. Wittig has also delivered spectacular results and is current 126 per cent over her sales budget for 2014. She has made a definite impact on manufacturer relationships’ as evidenced by a quote from one top partner “Laura is beyond awesome.”

She joined Clear Concepts in April of 2013 and from day one Wittig volunteered for the social committee and most recently organized the Annual Family BBQ.

The leadership at Clear Concepts described Wittig as “passionate” and a “community advocate”.

They also said: “Beyond her day job, Laura has made significant impacts in her community and continues to blaze a trail as her talent and the organizations she touches continue to diversify. Over the past years she has provided coaching to both the swim and track teams for Special Olympics Manitoba, in addition to volunteering annually for SuperSpike – Manitoba’s largest outdoor volleyball fundraiser (supporting Team Canada Volleyball) with over 10,000 in attendance – with volunteer efforts specifically benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Manitoba.”

Wittig has also made a significant impact as a member of Art & Soul, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s annual fundraising gala party, GenNext Communications Committee, part of the United Way of Winnipeg’s GenNext Council), Young Associates’ Black & White Gala, which benefits the Asper School of Business and the Athena Leadership’s inaugural Midsummer Night’s Dream fundraising event.