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Congratulations to winners of the 2015 @startupcan Awards. Canada’s future is tied to entrepreneurs. They are the job creators.
December 23rd, 2015

Congratulations to winners of the 2015 @startupcan Awards. Canada’s future is tied to entrepreneurs. They are the job creators.

“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:

Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund | Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Wolf Blass

Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech | Startup Canada Award for Entrepreneur Promotion, presented by TruShield Insurance

Victory Square Labs | Startup Canada Award for Entrepreneurship Support, presented by BDC

Natalie Dakers, President and CEO of Accel-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.

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