We are proud to announce our Phase One 2022 CANIE Award category semi-finalists!
Of the hundreds of inspiring applications we received, each of the semi-finalists were stand-outs in social innovation, community leadership, and resilience in business. Check out each of our semi-finalists and their businesses.
EMBERS works to combat poverty and assists in the revitalization of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through social enterprise and community-based business development. Their mission is to empower people living on low incomes to be economically self-sufficient and develop productive futures.
PaperSpree uses only Tree Free eco paper; handmade cotton paper that is highly tensile, with double-folded strength, with quality paper that is superior to typical mill-made paper. They also offer an array of composite eco leather accessories, turning pre-consumer material and agro farm waste into environmentally viable and sustainable products.
Business: Music in Motion
Music in Motion has helped thousands of children develop skills and confidence by providing a safe, encouraging space for youth who need an outlet for their creative and musical expression.
Business: Top Sixty Over Sixty
Top Sixty Over Sixty works with progressive businesses and individuals who aspire to increase their efficiencies, innovation, and prosperity by leveraging age-diverse talent. Top Sixty Over Sixty provides original curated services including workshops, coaching, and consulting for businesses and individuals.
Their mission is to add a new water source to alleviate global water stress. Permalution develops state of the art technology and services that harvests water from fog. Their services provide a solution to climate change problems globally.
Business: MEA Health Corporation
As a pioneer in this field, MEA Health Corporation has developed a process that prevents tons of plastic PPE waste from inundating landfills while generating a recycled source of materials that will provide the plastics industry with a quality low cost option.
Business: elerGreen Industry Corporation
The key differentiator of elerGreen core technology lies with the patented unique reactor design of electrode in relative motion against stationary blades to continuously remove solid products, which is more efficient while facilitating the eco-friendlier electrochemical pathway of non-conductive polymer synthesis, otherwise impossible with conventional methods.
Business: Ecosystem Informatics Inc.
ESI’s integrated monitoring, analytics and reporting systems were designed to deliver actionable information for governments, industries, researchers, and advocacy groups to measure and move their environmental and sustainability goals forward successfully.
Business: Simply Rooted Media Inc.
Simply Rooted Media offers a free trial version of Rootd, and affordable monthly, annual, lifetime, and corporate purchased plans. Simply Rooted Media Inc. responded quickly to global needs this year, having their app translated and made available across Ukraine.
Global Impact Business Owner of the Year Semi-finalist: Heather Deveaux
Business: Heather Deveaux Instructional Design
Heather Deveaux is an experienced curriculum and educational content designer. She has created over 150,000 hours of online education and training content since 2008. Holding a Master of Adult Education degree, Heather is a Certified Coach Practitioner, Train-the-Trainer, and Certified Instructor and Tutor. Heather is also a podcast host, author, and regular guest on CBC radio.
Global Impact Business Owner of the Year Semi-finalist: Brij Bali
Business: International Talent Hub Inc.
INTTH specializes in designing and delivering professional management and development advisory services globally in such fields as leadership, quality and standards, excellence, innovation, strategic planning, organizational development, and human resource development.
Global Impact Business Owner of the Year Semi-finalist: Laurie Samuel
Business: Cupid’s Sting
Cupid’s Sting works to combat violence against women by spreading awareness and facilitating safety training. With their various globally available resources, along with their programs and community building, Cupid’s Sting works to change the narrative on domestic violence so that women do not suffer in silence.
Business: Zeno Renewables
Zeno works with Canadians who are looking for exceptional solar products and sustainable energy solutions to fuel a greener, brighter future for their homes, businesses, community, and the world. Zeno Renewables’ products include custom solar panels for homes, battery storage for excess energy collected by solar panels, and electric vehicle charging stations.
Business: Ellie Bianca
Ellie Bianca is the embodiment of founder Evelyne Nyairo’s work as an environmental scientist, chemist, African-Canadian woman, and proud mother, and was established as a means to make a significant difference for her daughter and women everywhere.
Onova knows from their own successful experiences with Fortune 500 companies that these events assist companies in creating a scalable process that rapidly tests and validates new innovations. Their innovation programs help companies turn high potential ideas into MVPs (minimum viable products).
Business: Chinova Bioworks
Chinova Bioworks is transforming the food and beverage industry with a natural, clean-label shelf-life extender extracted from white button mushrooms. Using an eco-friendly process, they have extracted a natural fiber from White Button mushrooms to create Chiber™, a natural and clean-label ingredient that improves quality, freshness and shelf-life encouraging healthier long-lasting products, increased customer satisfaction, and reduces food waste.
Congratulations to all of our Phase One 2022 CANIE Award Semi-finalists. We look forward to providing much more detail on each entrepreneur’s inspiring stories and their businesses over the coming months.