THE Awards

Building The Future

The Canada Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards (also known as the CANIE Awards) is the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation’s flagship program recognizing excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship.

Their mission is to inspire current and aspiring entrepreneurs to create innovative, and highly-productive enterprises with social impact.

2020 is the inaugural year of the CANIE Awards.This spring we will be in Calgary, Vancouver, Mississauga, Halifax, and Montreal recognizing the outstanding trajectories and contributions of innovators, entrepreneurs, and community builders across Canada.

Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Canada

Nearly 70% of jobs in Canada are attributable to small businesses, however, half of the owners of enterprises from this segment will retire in the next decade.

This presents a unique opportunity to encourage Canadian entrepreneurs to build innovative, and highly productive enterprises that create new jobs and wealth.

To maintain and increase prosperity, Canada needs more startups; ambitious, scalable, sustainable businesses that foster economic growth and social development.

By sharing award recipients’ stories of resilience and success, the CANIE Awards will inspire present and future generations to become leading entrepreneurs with an innovative and global mindset.


  • 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.
  • Inspire others to make an impact by telling your story of resilience and legacy.

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