Nine Canadian entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations to be awarded national honour
TORONTO, November 24, 2015 – Startup Canada (www.StartupCan.ca) announced today a former Prime Minister, an innovation hub trailblazer and a globally-recognized wedding accessories and decor company are among the national recipients of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards (www.StartupAward.ca).
“Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards, each of whom embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and who have exemplified excellence, integrity and exceptional impact through their efforts, enterprises and ethos,” said Victoria Lennox, co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada.
“Entrepreneurship is about human endeavour; it is about unleashing human potential to advance our society, economy and humanity. Canada was built by entrepreneurs and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate and showcase these magnificent Canadians who have collectively raised the tide for entrepreneurship and innovation.”
Regional winners were celebrated at grassroots events throughout October and November in Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa.
The national winners were selected by a National Adjudication Committee, which includes some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurship and industry experts including: Marissa McTasney, CEO of Moxie Trades; Frank O’Dea, Co-founder of Second Cup; Angela Tran Kingyens, investor at Version One Ventures; Gerry Pond, Co-founder and Chairman of East Valley Ventures; and Andy Nulman, President of Just for Laughs.
The national recipients will be recognized for the following Startup Canada Awards:
Natalie Dakers, President and CEO ofAccel-Rx| Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by Scotiabank
Alex Gillis, co-founder and CEO of Bitness.io |Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by MNP LLP
Tom Fath, owner of The Fath Group | Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by Gerry Pond
Entomo Farms| Startup Canada Award for Sustainable Development, presented by TELUS
RtTech Software | Startup Canada Award for Innovation, presented by Intuit Canada
Weddingstar |Startup Canada Award for International Trade, presented by UPS
As the hallmark event celebrating and distinguishing Canadian entrepreneurship, the Startup Canada Awards can be likened to the Oscars for the entrepreneurship community. In its second year, hundreds of nominations were submitted from across Canada.
Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony at the CN Tower on Dec. 1 for interviews and photo opportunities. To RSVP and to schedule interviews, please contact:
Communications and Marketing Manager, Startup Canada