Ottawa, ON – At this year’s CANIE Awards, the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation recognized and celebrated exceptional entrepreneurs, innovators and support organizations that are leading their industries and their communities. The thirteen national winners were announced from Ottawa, ON, where the Digital Ceremony was broadcasted via Facebook and Twitter.  The online gala was emceed by the nationally respected public figure, writer and entrepreneur, Catherine Clark. Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, the Honorable Victor Fedeli, delivered opening remarks.

The vibrant entrepreneurs gave heartfelt speeches, delivered messages of hope to the entrepreneurship community, and shared stories about their journey and the support they have received along the way.

“More than ever, it is important to recognize excellence in Canadian entrepreneurship and underscore the crucial role that this ecosystem plays in the country’s economy,” said Kayla Isabelle, Board Chair of the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation and Executive Director of Startup Canada. “We are proud to support individuals and organizations that are creating positive disruption and contributing to the nation’s well-being and prosperity”.

The 2020  National Awards Winners are: 

CANIE Enterprise Support Award
Sponsored by the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation
Innovation Guelph

CANIE Global Entrepreneurship Award
Sponsored by UPS Canada

CANIE Product Innovation Award
Sponsored by UPS Canada
Growing Greener Innovations Inc.

CANIE Social Innovation Award
Sponsored by Sovereign Insurance
Ignite Labs Inc.

CANIE Disruptive Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Inniskillin

CANIE Woman Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation
Audra Renyi

CANIE Indigenous Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Mastercard
Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow

CANIE Youth Impact Award
Sponsored by the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation
Madison Guy

CANIE Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Sponsored by Scotiabank
Adrian Schauer

CANIE COVID-19 Global Innovation Award
Sponsored by the Trade Commissioner Service
CleanSlate UV

CANIE COVID-19 International Support Award
Sponsored by the Trade Commissioner Service
York University

CANIE COVID-19 International Collaboration Award
Sponsored by the Trade Commissioner Service

CANIE Innovation during COVID Award
Sponsored by the Arthur J.E Child Foundation

For more information, and to schedule media interviews, please contact:
Lauren Hicks
Media Relations, Startup Canada

About the CANIE Awards

The CANIE Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievements in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.
The objectives of the awards are to:

  • Recognize excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship across Canada by celebrating the impressive journeys and achievements of disruptors that contribute every day to the country’s entrepreneurial landscape.
  • Build a network of individuals and organizations that share our passion for supporting the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem and want to contribute to its future.
  • Inspire Canada’s present and future generations to be entrepreneurial innovators by sharing stories of leadership, resilience, disruption, and success in entrepreneurship.
  • Promote entrepreneurial mindsets among Canadian youth with workshops on innovation, ideation, and execution.
  • Increase awareness of Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and the importance of strengthening our culture of innovation.

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