OVA Wins Silver Excellence in Technology Award at 2017 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards

OVA, an innovative Immersive Computing leader, won the highly-coveted Brandon Hall Group Silver Award for Excellence in the Technology category. OVA’s win was announced on December 14th, 2017. The winners are listed at http://www.brandonhall.com/excellenceawards/excellence-technology.php?year=2017#Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology.

The project was the result of a collaboration between OVA, the company that developed the software; Co-DOT, the research laboratory who provided the cognitive sciences expertise; and Ville de Québec, the client via its programme Vitrine Technologique.

The outcome of the project is a civil security collaborative immersive simulation that simultaneously prepare supervisors (police, fire, paramedic, civil security) to adequately manage a threat in a public place. The trainees were unanimous that it greatly reduced the logistics and costs associated with this kind of training. Most of them also noted that it greatly stimulated information retention and that it trained necessary field reflexes.


Harold Dumur, OVA’s Chief Executive Officer, often says, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” and this time he specifies how, “this phrase embodies the project as a whole. Not only does it reflect how we went about the project, but it also rings true to the collaborative spirit that was at the heart of it all. As this award recognizes the cutting-edge technology we’ve developed at OVA, it’s also a promise that in the years to come, people will be able to collaborate in virtual reality all the more often. At OVA, we love to think that we can change the world. Today, we are more than happy to receive this Excellence in Technology Award from the prestigious Brandon Hall Group; proof that our virtual and augmented world echoes our lives in the ‘real’ world.”

“Human capital management is evolving faster than at any time in its history, and it is powered by innovative technology developed and implemented by organizations big and small,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “The technology innovators who won Excellence Awards this year were focused on providing users with a better overall experience. That is what our research says employers want, and our award winners are leading the way.”

Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, said, “Our technology award winners are truly outstanding and set a high bar for others. We have learned a great deal from what they have accomplished. The awards programs supplement our quantitative research in providing our team with unique insights to share with our members and clients.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique Differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value Proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable Results: What benefits can customers expect to experience as a result of using this product?


About OVA

OVA is an immersive computing company. OVA’s next-level virtual and augmented reality tools and services empower organizations to reach new summits. Specifically, OVA’s Civil Security and Public Security platform and services have drastically simplified interoperability training logistics and greatly reduced asset mobilization costs. Our platform is a tool that improves retention, quickly develop field reflexes, and allows the effective measurement of crisis management skills acquisition.

About Co-Dot

Co-DOT is a research laboratory for the study of human Cognition, its Distribution across individuals, its Organization when dealing with complex situations and the Technologies that can augment its capacity. The laboratory is designed to conduct research on complex Command & Control (C2) tasks and addresses team cognition challenges, using simulations of crisis management and strategic planning or decision making for complex situations. The Co-DOT laboratory (www.co-dot.ulaval.ca) specializes in the investigation of means to increase human performance at the individual and team levels. 

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc. 

With over 10,000 clients globally, and 25 years of renowned world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most reputable and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources (www.brandonhall.com).

For more details regarding the immersive simulation, click here: https://vimeo.com/230937675/a554211762

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.