Canadian businesses can change the world. Meet five companies making positive, global change.

The Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF-FIE) is proud to announce that Lucky Iron Fish, Xpertsea, Dymedso, Virtro Technology and 7D Surgical are the finalists for The CANIE Global Impact Award, presented by UPS.

This prize recognizes and celebrates Canadian businesses that are making breakthroughs beyond our borders. It is awarded to organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and social impact while scaling international markets.

“The Global Impact Award (Presented by UPS) recognizes organizations who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and social impact while scaling international markets.” said Kayla Isabelle, Executive Director of the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation and CEO of Startup Canada. “Each of our semi-finalists are making real change for the better both for Canadians and around the world.”

Individual Global Impact Award semi-finalist profile videos will roll out on the IEF-FIE website from the 18th August – 26th August 2021 in the order laid out below:

Meet the 2021 Global Impact Award semi-finalists:

7D Surgical
Date: 18th August
Location: Toronto, ON
This medical device company uses optical tech and algorithms to improve spinal and cranial surgical procedures for surgeons and patients. Image guidance from their 7D FlashTM navigation system helps to reduce error in critical operations around the spinal cord and brain. While image registration can take 30 minutes, 7D Surgical’s system takes less than 30 seconds. As the first and only machine-vision image guided surgery system, it also operates without intraoperative radiation, creating a safer surgical experience for all involved. Propelling into the MedTech market especially in the past two years, the company achieved > $25 million CAD revenue to date, placed 50+ units in more than eight countries and has continued its accelerated global expansion in 2021. Learn more:

Date: 19th August
Location: Montreal, QC
A pioneer of the airway clearance device industry, Dymedso, founded by Louis Plante and Yvon Robert developed the Frequencer® to treat patients with Cystic Fibrosis and other respiratory conditions. In 2020, the company extended its expertise to address the airway clearance challenges associated with COVID-19. The Frequencer® provides non-invasive treatment via proprietary acoustic sound waves that cause the lungs to vibrate, ultimately unblocking the airways of mucus and allowing patients to breathe easier and fight their infection. Approved for use by Health Canada, the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Union, the Frequencer® is used by renowned hospitals in the US and Canada to treat critical care patients. In 2020, the Quebec government selected Dymedso’s technology for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Quebec hospitals and their Intensive Care Units (ICU) by sponsoring the distribution of 24 Frequencer® devices to assist in the treatment of the virus and its complications. The product has also been used by several hospitals in Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland and Kuwait to treat COVID-19 patients. Learn more:

Lucky Iron Fish
Date: 24th August
Location: Guelph, ON
Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise® is a social enterprise on a mission to alleviate iron deficiency around the world, and has already improved the lives of more than 850,000 people. Using a health innovation tool that adds extra iron to daily meals and drinks, it is a simple and affordable solution, especially for those with iron deficiency anemia, and a portion of each sale goes directly towards undernourished local and international communities. Founder Dr. Gavin Armstrong was awarded the prestigious 2016 “30 Under 30” designation from Forbes in the Social Entrepreneur category and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award by EY Canada in 2017. In 2018, he successfully pitched Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise on CBC’s Dragons Den, where he secured a deal with two dragons. Gavin is the first Canadian to receive the William J. Clinton Award for international work against hunger and is the inaugural recipient of the Michaelle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award. Lucky Iron Fish has also won multiple Cannes Lion awards, including the Grand Prix and several Clio Design Awards including the Grand Prix in healthcare. Gavin has also received a Silver Innovation Award from the Edison Foundation. Learn more:

Virtro Technology
Date: 25th August 2021
Location: Vancouver
Virtro Technology develops hyper-realistic conversational AI training simulations to accelerate learning. Held via immersive VR or interactive WebXR computer technology, Virtro provides learners with a safe and convenient way to scaffold classroom and e-learning through skills developed in contextual practice simulations. Role playing content-specific conversations with virtual human characters enriches the learning experience. Virtro is also a social facing, diverse and inclusive company. Women-led and with 50 per cent women developers, Virtro welcomes newcomers to Canada, minority, LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse employees to our team. Our applications are developed with diversity in mind for our audience. Learn more:

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Location: Quebec City, QC
On a quest to build a better, fairer and more sustainable global aquaculture industry, XpertSea is developing technologies that feed the world. Through R+D, machine learning and computer vision, XpertSea is unlocking value in the $30B global shrimp market by maintaining the world’s first data-driven marketplace of buyers and growers. With customers in more than 50 countries, they help farmers modernize their operations, access fast payments, production insights and a vetted network to boost profits. With 4.3 billion people worldwide depending on seafood as their primary source of protein, the mission is to create a more transparent supply chain, reduce the seafood industry’s environmental footprint, and increase transparency and accountability –
something we can feel good about, from pond to plate. Learn more:

About The CANIE Awards:
Celebrating Innovators and Entrepreneurs with seven award categories in five regions across Canada. The finalists will be announced later this summer and a grand finale will be held in October 2021 to further celebrate the winners where they will receive up to $10,000 in prizes. #CANIEAwards



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