DiFizen of the Year

2013 Kevin Browne

Browne Difizen

The second annual Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year award was presented to Kevin Browne at The Big DiF on April 9, 2013

Kevin Browne, someone known to most Hamiltonians as the founder of so many great Hamilton events and organizations like SoftwareHamilton.com, StartUpDrinksHamilton, DemoCampHamilton, StartUp Weekend Hamilton, and has been an integral part of the launch of SoftwareNiagara. Kevin is truly plugged into our local community and the growth of the innovation and technology population.

A Homegrown Hamiltonian, Kevin was raised in Ancaster and has been a McMaster Marauder throughout his Undergraduate career, Masters Degree and a PH.D candidacy.

An overall awesome guy, a hardcore Hamiltonian and an avid Tiger Cats fan, Kevin is all about his hometown of Hamilton. Kevin has been active at many Innovation Factory events in the past years. He has Emceed Innovation Night and is one of Innovation Factory’s strongest and most vocal supporters.

At iF, we are constantly overwhelmed by the number of Hamilton supporters we’ve met. It is truly great to see how many people really want to be a contributing part of Hamilton’s Innovative Community, but with everything he has done, Kevin Browne is truly a grass-roots supporter of innovation in Hamilton.

 2012 Jim Rudnick

Rudnick DiF

The inaugural Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year award was presented to Jim Rudnick at The Big DiF on March 29, 2012.

Jim is someone you should know if you’ve been to any iF event – he’s been at them all.  In fact, he usually shows up early!

Though we are indebted to hundreds of supporters, no person that doesn’t receive a paycheque from iF has contributed more time and effort to advancing our success than Jim Rudnick.

Jim is a longtime Waterdown resident and a great supporter of Hamilton.  He is a successful entrepreneur and business man (currently CEO at KKT Interactive) and an avid blogger (canuckseo.com) who has rolled up his sleeves and helped several companies with SEO, business models and client acquisitions.

He’s been an active volunteer mentor for the iF family, trainer at our Innovation Night workshops, and has given away far too many of his secrets to our clients to help them get off the ground.

He has been such a tremendous supporter of ours and an asset to the community.  And he’s just the nicest guy you’ll meet.  But what we think of most fondly when we think of Jim is how early he shows up to meetings and events, and the fact that we can always count on him to be the first to register.

He might think of himself as an old guy, but his cheerleading, energy, and willingness to give so much of himself to our cause motivates us to do more and do better.