The Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation is a national charity dedicated to educate and promote innovation and entrepreneurship among aspiring and well-established business owners in marginalized communities.


For Canada to become the leading nation in innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting and educating marginalized Canadians from all backgrounds as they build competitive and innovative businesses

Current Openings

Awards & Grants Officer

Job title: Awards & Grants Officer
Location: Head Office in Ottawa/Remote
FT/PT: 6 Month Contract (with opportunity for extension) Full Time 
Direct Reports: 0
Reports to: CEO
Travel Requirements: 1 month per year when doing in-person awards. 0% during COVID-19

About the role: The Awards & Grants Officer is responsible for the vision, coordination, management, communication and execution of the CANIE Awards, and Microgrants that are awarded through the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation. With a passion for supporting entrepreneurs, they liaise with applicants, sponsors and community partners to award funds to the most talented entrepreneurs in Canada.


CANIE Awards – Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation

  • Provide strategic oversight, coordination, and management of all aspects of assigned awards and funding programs.
  • Coordinate all logistics of awards ceremonies including overall vision, venue logistics, participant logistics, management of support personnel and the execution of all ceremony details on the day of.  
  • Confirm, communicate, and arrange logistics with key speakers for awards ceremonies.
  • Write scripts for award ceremony hosts.
  • Develop all communications and marketing elements of the awards programs including copy writing and graphics. Partner with communications personnel as needed.
  • Key point of contact for all award applicants; responding to applicant questions and providing updates on application details and process.
  • Establish and coordinate adjudication committees that select award winners.
  • Receive and process all program applications.
  • Partner with CEO to allocate and track program budget.
  • Organizing all board materials for the IEF Board of Directors.

Microgrants – Innovators and & Entrepreneurs Foundation

  • Grow and manage microgrant program by developing overall strategy and implementing actionable steps to achieve strategy goals.  
  • Develop communications plan to promote the program to entrepreneurs and ensure that the steps to apply are clearly conveyed to applicants. Partner with communications personnel, and consultants as needed.
  • Coordinate all elements of the program to receive applications, process applications and award grants.
  • Establish and coordinate adjudication committees that select award winners.
  • Partner with CEO to allocate and track program budget.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Excellent organization, multi-tasking and coordination skills to effectively manage many different moving parts of a program.
  • Strategic mindset with ability to understand the whole picture of a program along with all the details.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communications skills to maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Event coordination and management skills (both for in-person and online events)
  • Intermediate computer skills and ability to use social media tools, Google suite, Zoom and Slack
  • Deep understanding of how to operationalize strategic directives.
  • Knowledge of entrepreneurial best practices, small businesses, marketing, data management and strategies to support entrepreneurs.
  • High competence level in clear and concise verbal and written communication, including an excellent skillset in writing and editing of reports.
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, and flexible attitude, with ability to work as a team player.
  • Willingness to be flexible and versatile in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • The ability to write and speak French is an asset.


  • Perform a wide variety of tasks with little supervision or direction.
  • Independently manage programs performing varied tasks.
  • Decision making and ability to obtain consensus on complex issues.
  • Communicate verbally and in written format with diverse groups.

How to Apply

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by submitting their cover letter and resume to

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in the selection process, if you require a specific accommodation, please let us know.

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