Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation is thrilled to announce that we are accepting applications and nominations for our Phase Two 2022 CANIE Awards!

Applications for the Phase Two Awards open Monday, June 13th at 9am EST. Applications and nominations will be accepted until Monday, July 25th at 11:59pm PST

The Canada Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards—the CANIE Awards—is our flagship program, celebrating excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship across the country.

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation’s Phase Two 2022 CANIE Award Categories

We are delighted to share our three categories launching for Phase two:

Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The 2022 Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award   

(Presented by Prince’s Trust Canada)

A celebration of excellence and outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship.

Eligible applicants: any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who releases with an honourable discharge and who successfully underwent basic training.

Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year

The 2022 Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year Award   

(Presented by Intuit)

Celebrating visionary entrepreneurship and innovation.

The 2022 Black Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The 2022 Black Entrepreneur of the Year Award


For distinction in innovation and business stewardship

Combining our Phase One and Phase Two Award categories, we have the privilege of honouring seven of our nation’s brightest and talented innovators and founders. Each of the seven award categories will honour four semi-finalists who will receive a professionally produced promotional video to use for business development, and their businesses will be promoted locally, regionally, and nationally. The winner of each award category will receive a $10,000 cash prize to invest into their business, and each semi-finalist and winner will be celebrated at our national virtual CANIE Awards Gala held in 2022. 

It is through the relationships and alliances with our like-minded partners and sponsors that we are able to work toward our mission to advocate, support, educate & celebrate innovation & entrepreneurship among business owners in marginalized & under-represented communities across Canada. 

We are grateful for our incredible allies that have partnered with us this year to make our Phase Two CANIE Awards possible.


With a mission to deliver pathways that empower resilient, just, and safe communities, UPS has supported Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation since the inception of our charity. UPS continues to play a vital role in supporting IEF in catalyzing systemic change for how founders from marginalized groups are supported nationally.


Prince’s Trust Canada

We are delighted to partner with Prince’s Trust Canada. Together we will reach more Veteran entrepreneurs and encourage more Canadians to support Veteran-owned businesses.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Prince’s Trust Canada’s Operation Entrepreneur (OE) program, and we are honoured to celebrate this milestone by partnering with IEF and presenting the Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” says Sharon Broughton, Chief Executive Officer, Prince’s Trust Canada. “Members of the military and Veteran community are highly skilled individuals who make significant contributions to the economic and social fabric of their communities. Many of the 5,000 military members who transition to civilian life every year pursue entrepreneurship and self-employment. It is our honour to support and celebrate them along their entrepreneurial journeys, from the initial idea stage, all the way to becoming Canada’s Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year.”   – Sharon Broughton, Chief Executive Officer at Prince’s Trust Canada.

Prince’s Trust Canada is a national charity whose vision is a sustainable future for Canada, where young people and communities thrive. Through innovative partnerships and guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our programs help young people overcome barriers to employment and prepare for the future of work, provide entrepreneurship training and support for Veterans, and address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Our work is inspired by our Founder and President, His Royal HighnessThePrince of Wales, and is driven by his vision for a more sustainable future.

Prince's Trust Canada


Thank you to Intuit for joining Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation this year, sponsoring our Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Our charity is proud to partner with Intuit, who believes that everything they do starts with the fundamental belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to prosper. Intuit’s generous sponsorship this year will recognize inspiring innovators and founders across our nation.


For questions regarding the Phase One or Phase Two CANIE Awards, please reach out to

Best of luck to all entrepreneurs and founders who are nominated for our seven award categories!

With admiration,

Your friends at Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation

Presented in Partnership with UPS

Presented by Prince’s Trust Canada

CANIE Partners Ownr | Arthur J. E. Child Foundation | IntuitGiant Tiger

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