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Startup Canada and Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

Bring Together Celebrations of Canadian Entrepreneurs and Innovators

This summer, the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation and Startup Canada are celebrating the success of our two award programs together. For many years the Foundation has identified and honoured early stage Canadian innovators for their outstanding innovations and contributions to Canada, and for many years Startup Canada has been identifying and honouring Canadian entrepreneurs for their outstanding work and contributions to Canada. Soon, individuals involved with Startup Canada will be joining the Board of the Foundation. Future awards programs will benefit from their energy and innovative ideas.

The Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards have been called the most prestigious in Canada. The Foundation discovers, encourages and celebrates Canadian innovators and tells their stories. Since 1981, when Calgary oilman and philanthropist David E. Mitchell created the Foundation, it has recognized over 2800 nominees and awarded over $4.5M to 160 Manning Laureates. Their innovations span all areas of human endeavour, improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world, while adding value to our nation’s economy. In all cases, the innovators have demonstrated entrepreneurial success.

Thank you to Our Volunteers

As the Foundation moves forward, we would like to take this time to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers that have worked tirelessly to make sure that Canadian innovators are recognized and celebrated across the country.

“While we are delighted about this exciting new chapter for our Foundation, the human element is hard to deny.
Rachel and I retire from the Foundation on June 15. Losing contact with people we have come to know not just as colleagues with a shared passion for our work, but people we admire and count as friends, is very difficult. We hope our paths will cross again.”

Jennifer Diakiw, President & Rachel Gammell, Foundation Administrator

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.

Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.

“Our Board is pleased and excited about this new and expanded celebration. We feel celebrating innovators and entrepreneurs together will highlight their strong synergies and shared passion for creating new ways of making Canada and our world a better place,”
Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation’s Board Chair, John Read.

“Startup Canada is honoured to join with the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation in celebrating entrepreneurs and innovators, believing our organizations have much in common. Working together to celebrate these outstanding innovators and entrepreneurs will shine a brighter light on the value they bring to our nation’s economy and spirit.”
Brenda Halloran, Chair of Startup Canada

As The Ernest C. Manning Foundation moves forward with Startup Canada, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the Qualified Nominees for 2019.