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Bonfire Executive Receives Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

February 26, 2021

Bonfire’s Omar Salaymeh has been recognized with one of Canada’s highest civilian honours

(KITCHENER, ONTARIO, February 26, 2021) Bonfire Interactive Ltd. (“Bonfire”), a business unit of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software, is proud to share that its Chief Client and Product Officer, Omar Salaymeh, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (civil division) by Canada’s Governor General.

Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Meritorious Service Decorations recognize Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country. The cross was originally created in 1984, for members of the military. In 1991, a medal was added to the military division, and both the cross and medal were introduced for civilians.

Omar Salaymeh has been recognized for co-founding Jumpstart Refugee Talent, an initiative that has taken place outside of his work at Bonfire. Jumpstart Refugee Talent is a non-profit organization focused on serving refugees seeking meaningful employment.

Everyone at Bonfire is so proud of Omar and what he’s been able to accomplish,” said Corry Flatt, CEO of Bonfire.  “Omar’s initiatives with Jumpstart Refugee Talent have directly benefited Bonfire because it led to our involvement in Talent Beyond Boundaries – another great initiative that helped us find wonderful talent from Syria.”

Jumpstart Refugee Talent is a national organization that focuses on the economic empowerment of newly settled refugees in Canada by facilitating meaningful employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

“I’m honoured to receive this award and hope that it brings further recognition to the need to support refugees as they settle in their new home,” said Omar Salaymeh, co-founder of Jumpstart Refugee Talent and Chief Client and Product Officer at Bonfire. “Refugees are incredibly resilient individuals and that quality is immediately apparent in the workplace. I’d encourage anyone looking for highly skilled talent to reach out to Jumpstart Refugee Talent – hiring refugees is a true win-win situation as you’re supporting an important milestone in someone’s career path and acquiring a skilled worker.”

The official announcement for the Meritorious Service Medal and a list of those awarded can be viewed here: 


About Bonfire Interactive Inc.

Bonfire Interactive Inc. (“Bonfire”) is a business unit of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software. Bonfire brings procurement online, ensuring 100% compliance, reducing cycle times, and improving transparency. Through the power of tools optimized for collaboration and in-app access to RFP insights and templates (surfaced from Bonfire’s library of 40,000+ projects), Bonfire unlocks procurement’s potential to drive greater agency impact, achieve better outcomes, and engage colleagues along the way. Bonfire’s proven history of customer-driven innovation is trusted by hundreds of public procurement teams across North America.

About GTY Technology Holdings Inc.
GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) brings leading government technology companies together to achieve a new standard in citizen engagement and resource management. Through its six business units, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spend; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services. 

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Meghan Hennessey
Communications Manager, Bonfire
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