THE 2022 CANIE AWARDS

The Canada Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards—the CANIE Awards—is the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation’s flagship program recognizing excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship throughout every province and territory across the country.

The CANIE Awards is an incredible opportunity to have your business celebrated! Our Award winners receive $10,000 business grant support in cash, 4 semi-finalists per award category will receive a professionally produced business promotional video, and their businesses will be marketed locally, regionally, and nationally. If you are, or you know a business owner who is deserving of this recognition, we encourage you to apply for one of the awards and this funding opportunity today.

And this year we are thrilled to be planning 3 in-person events as well as a national, virtual gala as part of our celebrations of the diverse and inspiring businesses across this great land.

Note: We accept applicants and nominations for business owners from all recognized Canadian marginalized or underrepresented groups.

Seniorpreneur Award for Leadership & Innovation

Award 1 – Seniorpreneur Award for Leadership & Innovation

Awarded to a business owner who is 55+ and using their experience to succeed in their mission while contributing to their community.

Semi-Finalists

Seniorpreneur Award for Leadership & Innovation

Award 2 – Climate-Related Product Innovator of the Year

Presented by UPS

Awarded for products creating innovative solutions to a real-world problem.

Semi-Finalists

Tatiana Estevez

Andy Straisfeld

Global Impact Business Owner of the Year

Award 3 – 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.

Semi-Finalists

Entrepreneur of the Year

Award 4 – The 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented by OWNR

For exceptional leadership and ongoing impact in Canadian entrepreneurship.

Semi-Finalists

Gursh Bal

Evelyne Nyairo

Helen Yin

Natasha Dhayagude

Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Award 5 – Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented by Prince’s Trust Canada

A celebration of excellence and outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship.

Semi-Finalists

Kevin Leboeuf

Scott Harrigan

Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year

Award 6 – Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored By Intuit Canada

Celebrating visionary entrepreneurship and innovation.

Semi-Finalists

Mallory Yawnghwe

Bobbie Racette

Kelly Lendsay

Steven Vanloffeld

The 2022 Black Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Award 7 – Black Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented by Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation

For distinction in innovation and business stewardship

Semi-Finalists

Agunbiade Seun Richards

Janét Aizenstros

Sharon Nyangweso

Schedule

Phase 1: Mar 25, 2022 – Jun 13, 2022 (Closed)

  • Award 1 – Seniorpreneur Award for Leadership & Innovation
  • Award 2 – Climate-Related Product Innovator of the Year
  • Award 3 – Global Impact Business Owner of the Year
  • Award 4 – The 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year

Phase 2: Jun 13, 2022 – Jul 25, 2022 (Closed)

  • Award 5 – Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Award 6 – Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Award 7 – Black Entrepreneur of the Year

Announcing Semi-Finalists of Phase 1 Categories: Jul 6, 2022

Check out each of our semi-finalists and their businesses Here.

Announcing Semi-Finalists of Phase 2 Categories: August 18, 2022

Check out each of our semi-finalists and their businesses Here.

Does My Business Qualify to Apply? 

The CANIE Awards are specifically for Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators from racialized communities.

These groups include (but are not exclusive to):

  • Immigrants
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • LGBTQ2S+ communities
  • Members of racialized communities
  • Canadian Armed Forces Veterans
  • Women
  • Youth (age 18 to 29)
  • Age 55+ New Entrepreneurs 

*Applicants must have been officially running their business for at least 1 full year. 

NOTE: The Foundation is committed to extending our work to additional marginalized communities as we continue to grow and scale.

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

PRESENTED BY

Prince's Trust Canada

SPONSORED BY

Ownr
Arthur J E Child Foundation
intuit

EVENT SPONSOR

Air Canada

COMMUNITY ACTIVATOR

Giant Tiger
Mitacs
Opportunities New Brunswick

Last Year’s Celebrations – 2021 CANIE Awards

The 2021 CANIE Awards celebrated 5 semi-finalists from each of the 7 award categories across Canada. All 35 businesses were awarded a commercial quality video promoting their win, their business, and their entrepreneurial spirit. And at a Grand Finale in November of 2021 we awarded $10,000 to each of the 7 winners to invest in their businesses in whatever way would have the most impact. 

To watch the semi-finalist and winner’s videos or the grand finale – click here

The 2021 Awards were presented by UPS Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, in partnership with Scotiabank, The Arthur J.E. Child Foundation, NACCA, Startup Canada, CABC, and R+D Creative.

    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.

    Objectives

    • 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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