Phase 2

CANIE Award Nomination Qualifications

Applicants/Nominees must:

  • Be alive and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Business has been registered and operational for a minimum of 12 months.
  • The nominee identified as a member of (a) marginalized group(s) (see definition below) is the innovator or entrepreneur for the product, service, and/or business being nominated. Examples include founder, co-founder, owner, co-owner, person who owns/co-owns the entity or trademark for brand, product name, or service.
  • The business and the owner/co-owner or founder/co-founder meet the additional categorical requirements that are specified in the title of the Award being applied for.

We align our definition of marginalized groups with definitions used by United Nations, and that used by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health: defined as members from groups and communities that experience social, cultural, political, educational, and economic discrimination and exclusion because of unequal power relationships across economic, political, educational, social, and cultural dimensions.

2022 CANIE Award · Phase 2

Application/Nomination Form

2022 CANIE Awards Application Form Phase 2
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The CANIE Awards exist to celebrate and support excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship from owners, founders, and innovators who belong to recognized marginalized and under-represented groups.

You can apply for yourself and your company, or you can nominate a person and their company, with or without their knowledge. All questions must be completed with accurate information.

By completing this application, you agree to our terms and conditions as outlined below:

By filling out this form, you agree to receive information and messages from the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation which may include products, programs, and services beyond the CANIE Awards. Completing this form also acts as an acknowledgement that you understand that you may withdraw your consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Applicable Law and Dispute Settlement: These Terms and Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the general principles of international law, to the exclusion of any specific national law. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions or in relation to them shall be construed as a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation under national or international law, and/or submitting Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation to any national court jurisdiction.

Limitation of Liability and Indemnity: Under no circumstances, shall the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation be responsible to participants for any loss, direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from or in connection with the CANIE Awards. Participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation from and against any and all legal liability, claims, losses, actions, damages, and expenses that may occur, directly or indirectly, from or in relation to this competition, including, without limitation, any infringement of the intellectual property rights or other rights of any third party with respect to the projects they submit.

Confidentiality of Submitted Information:

1. Information submitted from applicants will be retained and maintained with strict confidentiality within the charity’s possession. Only charity personnel and members of the Awards/Grants adjudication team will have access to full application information.

2. Only the applicant’s business name, business email, and business phone number may be shared with the Sponsors who fund the award(s) programming for which the application is made. No other information from the application will be provided to sponsors.

3. Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation will share only anonymized information from applications with research partners and educators as part of research studies to understand how to better serve the groups and communities we exist to support.

Final Considerations: This program may be modified, interrupted and/or canceled if there are justified circumstances that warrant it. Likewise, the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation reserves the right to declare all or any of the benefits unawarded, in the event that no submitted project meets the expected quality, in the opinion of the decision-making team.

Acceptance of Disclaimer, and Testament of Application Accuracy

By completing this application, you agree to the above disclaimer, and you agree that all information provided in the application is accurate and verifiable if requested by the foundation, its sponsors, or its external auditors. 

Application Questions

The CANIE Award application is divided into two sections: Business & Applicant/Nominee Details, and Award Questions. Answers must be provided for all questions. During adjudication, the Business & Applicant/Nominee Details provide award qualifying data and demographic facts to aid us in supporting our applicants. During adjudication, only Award Questions are graded on a 1 to 10 scale. Please complete all answers under both sections. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will be disqualified.



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