Thursday, May 15, 2014

Startup Canada Awards - Ontario

Last week I was honoured to MC the Startup Canada Awards for Ontario held at the delightfully scruffy Hacker Studios, a startup space in London, Ont.


The awards were created to recognize the many hard-working and dedicated individuals and organizations that are helping to grow Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In London, Startup Canada handed out awards to organizations such as Ryerson University, Microsoft, MaRS, Communitech and Ernst & Young. Individuals recognized included mentor of the year Sean Wise from Ryerson, “ecosystem builder” Joel Adams of London, academic of the year Howard Armitage from University of Waterloo, “Lifetime Achievement” winner Gary Will of Communitech and many other organizations, and, umm, me. Presumably for writing endlessly about entrepreneurs for 25 years.

Enjoy some photos of the event. The names of all the winners appear below.
Rick interviewing event hosts Amanda Stratton and Quinn Lawson


With Jame Bowen and winner Helen Braiter from CBIP 
Sean Wise is way too happy with his Mentor of the Year award! 
Rick and his shiny new hardware, with James Bowen and Startup founder Victoria Lennox  
All the winners....

Entrepreneurial Effect Award
Awarded to the individual, group, community, network or organization that has developed and produced a program, tool, research project or event that has had the greatest impact in advancing entrepreneurship in Canada.
Ontario
Runner-Up: TIM Program
Runner-Up: Humber Launch
Atlantic
Winner: Clarity.fm
Quebec
Prairies
Winner: Launch Party
Runner-Up: Fundica
BC
Winner: Grow Conference
Runner-Up: New Ventures BC

Startup Community of the Year
Awarded to the official Startup Canada Community that has most successfully advanced their local entrepreneur community through both strengthening their local entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture as well as advancing Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem through active engagement and contribution nationally.
Ontario
Winner: Startup Waterloo
Atlantic
Quebec
Winner: Quebec Startup
Prairies
Winner: Startup Winnipeg (RampUp Manitoba / AssentWorks)
Runner-Up: Startup Calgary 
BC
Winner: Startup PG

Most Entrepreneurial Post-Secondary Institution of the Year
Awarded to the college or university that demonstrates the largest commitment and impact in advancing entrepreneurship.
Ontario
Runner-Up: Seneca College
Atlantic
Prairies
BC

Professional Services Company of the Year
Awarded to a professional services firm – e.g. banking, legal, accounting, strategic consulting, etc. – that demonstrates the largest commitment and impact in supporting and investing in entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally and nation-wide.
Ontario
Winner: Ernst & Young
Runner-Up: Deloitte
Atlantic
Winner: McInnes Cooper
Prairies
Winner: Boast Capital

Incubator/ Accelerator of the Year
Awarded to a Canadian incubator or accelerator that demonstrates both innovative approaches and the largest impact in advancing the success of entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally and nation-wide.
Ontario
Winner: Communitech
Runner-Up: Invest Ottawa
Atlantic
Winner: Launch 36
Quebec
Winner: FounderFuel
Prairies
Runner-Up: TEC Edmonton
BC
Winner: Growlab
Runner-Up: Wavefront

Government Organization of the Year
Awarded to a municipal, provincial or federal government program, department, office, agency or entity that demonstrates both innovative approaches and the largest impact in advancing the success of entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally and nation-wide.
Ontario
Prairies
BC

Non-Profit Support Organization of the Year
Awarded to a non-profit organization that demonstrates both innovative approaches and the largest impact in advancing the success of entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally and nation-wide.
Ontario
Atlantic
Winner: Hub Halifax
Quebec
Prairies
BC
Winner: CYBF BC
Runner-Up: Launch Academy

Anchor Company of the Year
Awarded to a large private sector firm that demonstrates the largest commitment and impact in supporting and investing in entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities within their community and nation-wide
Ontario
Winner: Microsoft
Runner-Up: Shopify
Quebec
Winner: Videotron
BC
Winner: Hootsuite

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of the Year
Awarded to a Canadian who has demonstrated the greatest impact in advancing the success of entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally, regionally and / or nationally and who has been a leading evangelist and champion of entrepreneurship, demonstrably contributing to more entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviours and activities.
Ontario
Winner: Joel Adams
Runner-Up: Reza Satchu
Atlantic
Winner: Robert Pelley
Quebec
Runner-Up: Phil Telio
Prairies
Winner: Chris Johnson
Runner-Up: Joelle Foster
BC
Winner: Dan Gunn
Runner-Up: Jeff Keen

Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year
Awarded to a Canadian entrepreneur mentor who has demonstrated the greatest impact in advancing the success of entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally, regionally and / or nationally through no-cost mentorship of entrepreneurs as evidenced by their rate of growth.
Ontario
Winner: Sean Wise
Runner-Up: Jeff Dennis
Atlantic
Winner: Robert Zed
Quebec
Winner: LP Maurice
Prairies
Winner: Randy Yatscoff
Runner-Up: Stephen King 
BC
Winner: Ray Walia
Runner-Up: Cathy Kuzel

Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year
Awarded to a Canadian educator who has:
  • Demonstrated excellence in educating, empowering and equipping entrepreneurship students with the attitudes, skills, experiential learning opportunities and networks needed to pursue successful entrepreneurial ventures; 
  • Made a significant impact in both fostering student-led entrepreneurship initiatives and motivating senior campus leadership to adopt entrepreneurial policies and priorities; and / or, 
  • Engaged actively in the local startup community through bringing strudents into the community and bringing the community onto the campus.
Ontario
Winner: Howard Armitage
Runner-Up: Ajay Agrawal
Atlantic
Quebec
Prairies
Winner: Scott MacAulay
BC
Winner: Brent Mainprize

Media Person of the Year
Awarded to a Canadian media person who has:
  • Demonstrated the greatest impact in advancing public awareness about entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial issues and / or 
  • Leveraged their public voice to champion entrepreneurship through the media and through their community service.
Ontario
Winner: Rick Spence
Runner-Up: Ian Hardy of Betakit
Atlantic
Winner: Peter Moreira
Prairies
Winner: Martin Cash
BC
Winner: Rob Lewis

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
The Young Entrepreneur Award is a celebration of youth entrepreneurship – reminding us of the importance of cultivating entrepreneurial awareness and acumen both at home and through early education to fuel the next generation of Canada’s great entrepreneurs.
Ontario
Runner-Up: William Zhou
Prairies
Winner: Mandy Balak

Wolf Blass Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to a Canadian who has demonstrated the greatest impact in advancing the success of entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally, regionally and / or nationally throughout their lifetime.
Ontario
Winner: Gary Will
Atlantic
Winner: Gerry Pond
Quebec
Winner: John Dobson (Foundation)
Prairies
Winner: Allan Scott

Investor of the Year
Awarded to a Canadian investor who has demonstrated the greatest impact in advancing the success of entrepreneurs, startups, startup communities and entrepreneurial activities locally, regionally and / or nationally through a blend of monetary investment and mentorship.
Prairies
Winner: Randy Thompson
Runner-Up: Dan Park



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