AWARDS 
& nominations

Nominate Individuals or Organizations

The CANIE Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship and innovation while making a positive social impact in their communities. Individuals and organizations can self-nominate or nominate someone else for a CANIE Award.

Inspire others to make an impact by telling your story of resilience and success!

Apply for a CANIE Award and we will get back to you with access to the CANIE portal to complete the nomination process. Complete your registration form by March 1st

Award Nomination Criteria

View the nomination criteria for each CANIE award below by expanding each section. Upon submission, at least one reference letter is required.

If you have a question, please visit the FAQ section here.

Entrepreneurship Award

 Criteria

Awarded to individual entrepreneurs who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary growth and leadership of their companies, and their engagement in the community. Special recognitions are awarded to youth, seniors, Newcomers, Indigenous, women, LGBTQ, rural, social impact, and iconic Canadian entrepreneurs. 

*Qualitative and quantitative data sent through the portal should provide enough evidence on how the criteria are met by the nominated individual.

 

Enterprise Support Award

 Criteria

Awarded to individuals, government organizations, not-for-profits, academic institutions, and private for-profit businesses that demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship/social development through their leadership, innovation, and impact on advancing the culture and environment for entrepreneurship and innovation. Special recognitions awarded to anchor companies, policymakers, accelerators, incubators, economic development organizations, mentors, investors, and educators.

 

*Qualitative and quantitative data sent through the portal should provide enough evidence on how the criteria are met by the nominated individual.

 

Innovation Award

 Criteria

Awarded to individuals, startups, and SMEs whose high-impact innovation improves the quality of life in Canada and the world. Special recognition for groundbreaking IP; product, service or business model innovation; and, innovative culture as demonstrated through social impact, high-growth, and global growth and export.

*Qualitative and quantitative data sent through the portal should provide enough evidence on how the criteria are met by the nominated individual.

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