2018 National Startup Canada Award Winners Celebrated in Ottawa

October 18, 2018 – Startup Canada, Canada’s entrepreneurship organization, today named 16 outstanding entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations from across Canada as winners of the fifth annual national Startup Canada Awards. The national winners were announced at a ceremony in Ottawa, ON, attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators, government, and anchor company executives.

“Congratulations to all of the 2018 National Startup Canada Awards winners,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada. “Each one of these outstanding recipients has an immense impact on Canada’ entrepreneurship and innovation sector and are building an inclusive, innovative, and competitive economy for the future.”

The 2018 National Startup Canada Awards Winners are:

Startup Canada High-Growth Entrepreneurship
Sponsored by Mastercard
SSi Micro
Dean Proctor, Chief Development Officer

Startup Canada Global Entrepreneurship Award
Sponsored by UPS Canada
Wattpad
Eva Lau, Managing Partner, Two Small Fish Ventures

Startup Canada Innovation Award
Sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks
TransPod
Ryan Janzen, Co-Founder & CTO

Startup Canada Social Enterprise Award
Sponsored by Centre for Social Innovation
PLATO Testing
Keith McIntosh, Founder

Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada
Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill
Founder & CEO, Careteam Technologies

Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada
Cameron Ritchie
Founder & CEO, HomeWurk

Startup Canada Indigenous Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada
Nicole McLaren
Founder & CEO, Raven Reads

Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada
Yvonne van den Berg and John van Pol
Founders, Ingu

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award
Sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks
Vicki Saunders
Founder & CEO, SheEO

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award
Sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks
International Black Economic Forum
Kerlande Mibel, Founder

Startup Canada Community of the Year Award
Sponsored by Rogers
North Forge Technology Exchange
Jeff Ryzner, President, North Forge Technology Exchange

Startup Canada Community Leader of the Year Award (East)
Sponsored by Rogers
Melloney Campbell
Startup Peel Region

Startup Canada Community Leader of the Year Award (West)
Sponsored by Rogers
Kari Gordon
Startup Calgary

Startup Canada Collaboration of the Year Award
Sponsored by Rogers
Canada.ai
Ainsleigh Burelle, Marketing Associate, NEXT Canada

Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Sponsored by Scotiabank
Lisa Williams
CEO, UniCare Home Health Care

Startup Canada Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by Rogers
Brett Wilson
Chairman, Prairie Merchant Corporation

The Startup Canada Awards are proudly presented by Intuit Quickbooks with the support of Mastercard Canada, Scotiabank, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), UPS Canada, Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), and Rogers.

For more information, to schedule interviews, and to secure your media pass, please contact:

Maddie Stiles
Media Relations
Startup Canada
1-613-627-0787 ext 105

About the Startup Canada Awards

The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

The objectives of the awards are to:

  • Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Canada;
  • Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and,
  • Incentivize efforts and elevate the ambitions of the Canadian entrepreneurial community.

For more information, visit www.startupaward.ca.

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca .

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Andrea Knapp
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