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Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) Flagship Program:

The annual CANIE Awards

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What is the difference between the Canadian Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards (CANIE), the Startup Canada Awards and the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards?

The Startup Canada Awards program has celebrated excellence in entrepreneurship. The Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards recognized high-impact innovators from all sectors, starting in 1982.

Canadian Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards (CANIE). This in-depth program recognizes excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship
Canadian and educates current and future generations of disruptive entrepreneurs.

2020 is the first year of CANIE, the Foundation’s flagship program for innovators and entrepreneurs.

What is the application schedule for the CANIEs?

The 2022 application process will happen in 2 phases. The first 4 categories opened for application/nomination on March 28, 2022 and will close on the midnight on the 31st of May 2022. The second group of categories will be opened for applications/nominations in June and close in August. Details around the second phase will follow shortly.

What are the different categories?

This Year’s Competition  – The 2022 CANIE Awards

Phase I:

▶ Seniorpreneur Award for Leadership & Innovation (Presented by Arthur J E Child Foundation) – Awarded to a business owner who is 55+ and using their experience to succeed in their mission while contributing to their community

▶ Global Impact Business Owner of the Year (Presented by UPS) – Awarded to organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and social impact while scaling international markets.

▶ The 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year (Presented by Ownr) – For exceptional leadership and ongoing impact in Canadian entrepreneurship.

▶ Climate-Related Product Innovation Award  (Presented by UPS) – Awarded for products creating innovative solutions to a real-world problem.

Who is eligible to receive a CANIE award?

Applicants must:

  • Be alive and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Demonstrate that they are an active innovator or entrepreneur with a registered business that has been in operation for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Meet the award selection criteria.
Can a candidate win several prizes?

No, an applicant/nominee will not be awarded more than one award.

Who can submit an application?

Applications/nominations can be submitted by individuals or organizations, by a third party or by a nominating partner.

What is the selection process for the winners?

Members of the IEF will evaluate and shortlist the applications to verify that the specific criteria for the prizes have been respected. Each question on the nomination form will be evaluated and scored on a scale of 1 to 10. Submissions with the highest scores will proceed to the final decision stage and will be reviewed by an adjudication committee who will include IEF board members, business owners and other IEF stakeholders.

Members of the selection committee will evaluate the profiles and, after rigorous review, select up to 4 semi-finalists of each award based on their outstanding impact in their fields and in their communities. 

The last step will be a final round of adjudication to determine the winners for each category.

How can I submit an application?

To apply, simply visit the awards page and fill out the application form.

When and where will winners be announced?

IEF will announce the semi-finalists of each category over the summer. Each semi-finalist will receive a professional, promotional video they can use in whichever way they wish for business development. In addition, IEF will share their story for educational purposes but also to raise the business’s profile in local, regional and national communities. 

The winners of the CANIE Awards will be announced in the Fall of 2022 (specific dates to be announced ). We plan to have 3 in-person events in the geographic locations of the winners for the following categories:

  1. Global Impact Business Owner of the Year (Presented by UPS) 
  2. The 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year (Presented by Ownr) 
  3. Climate-Related Product Innovation Award  (Presented by UPS) 

These events will allow us to celebrate these winners with their friends, family and local business community. 

We will also hold a national virtual Gala where the 2022 winners will be officially announced.

What can I win?

Each semi-finalist will receive a professional, promotional video they can use for business development. In addition, IEF will share their story for educational purposes but also to raise the business’s profile in local, regional and national communities. 

The final winner for each category will receive $10,000 to be injected directly into their business. They will also receive a personalized trophy in recognition of their CANIE Award win.

Will the information about my application remain confidential?

Yes, your information and any documentation sent through the nomination portal will remain confidential. The members of IEF and the adjudication committee will be the only ones to have access to your application and they are subject to a confidentiality agreement.

In what format can I attach additional documents to accompany my application?

Any Word document, PDF, PowerPoint, JPEG, PNG and URL hyperlink. You can also email us to submit more information about your company and program.

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