FREDERICTON– Startups from across Atlantic Canada were celebrated Tuesday night in Fredericton at Startup Canada’s Atlantic region awards.
The event was held in partnership with Startup Fredericton and Opportunities NB to celebrate and recognize the top entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations in Atlantic Canada. The ceremony, held at the Fredericton Convention Centre, marked the conclusion of the inaugural Startup Festival Week NB – a week-long celebration of New Brunswick entrepreneurship.
Nine winners from across Atlantic Canada were announced at the event. They are:
- Larry Shaw (Fredericton, NB): Entrepreneur Promotion Award sponsored by Intuit Quickbooks
- Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) (Fredericton, NB): Entrepreneur Support Award sponsored by Intuit Quickbooks
- ThermalWood Canada (Bathurst, NB): Global Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by UPS Canada
- Sona Nanotech Inc. (Halifax, NS): Innovation Award sponsored by Intuit Quickbooks
- SucSeed (St. John’s, NL): Social Enterprise Award sponsored by Sovereign Insurance
- HeyOrca (St. John’s, NL): High-Growth Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Mastercard Canada
- Natasha Dhayagude (Fredericton, NB): Woman Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada
- Noah Donovan (Quispamsis, NB): Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Scotiabank
- Gary F. Keenan (Fredericton, NB): Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Scotiabank
In addition to the regional winners, the Startup Canada Awards Adjudication Committee also recognized eight other outstanding entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations as honourable mentions during the ceremony. They include Planet Hatch, Proposify, SomaDetect, EhEye, ProcedureFlow, Bethany Deshpande, Harrison Smith, and Hal Somers.
“Congratulations to all our 2019 Startup Canada winners” said Anastasia Valentine, chief executive director of Startup Canada, in a release. “We are honoured to recognize vibrant entrepreneurs and disruptors across Canada. Each recipient is highly contributing to building our nation’s economy and strengthening the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. It makes me proud to celebrate the talent and achievements of each one of our winners. Thank you for being community builders, and role models for future generations.”
The regional winners will now be evaluated by the National Adjudication Committee; comprised of some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurship and industry experts. The national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale in Toronto in October 2019.
“We are happy to celebrate these outstanding Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs and support organizations. We have some world-class entrepreneurs right here and these awards help to shed some limelight on their achievements,” said Norm Couturier, community leader for Startup Fredericton & co-lead for Startup NB, in a release. “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners for making it to the stage – we look forward to seeing our winners on the national stage later this year.”