November 15, 2017

The awards are given for current or recent innovations that have a positive impact on the quality of life in Canada, whether it is in the private, public or not-for-profit realms. They are not intended for lifetime achievement or innovations that have not yet demonstrated impact. Up to 6 are awarded across Canada each year.

Nominator: President. Nominations will only be accepted from the nominating partners via their official contact person (Universities Canada). Universities Canada runs their own internal selection before making submissions to CFI.

Nominee: Canadian citizen or permanent resident; nominees can be at any stage in their life or career except for Young Innovator category (must be under 30 years of age). Awards are given to individuals, teams and/or organizations whose innovations are truly exceptional, transformative, and positive in their impact on quality of life in Canada.

Package: 500-character summary, 2000-character appraisal

Resubmissions: Member institutions are permitted to resubmit nominations made in previous years.

Selection: Two-stage, merit-based process managed by CFI: Assessment Committee members with knowledge in private, public and social innovation identify up to 20 nominations to recommend to Selection Committee as finalists; Selection Committee of experts in innovation ecosystem select up to 6 winners. Assessed on basis of (1) extent to which nominee has shown initiative and leadership to be agent of change in addressing a current issue; (2) creative use of new knowledge and/or technology to develop ideas addressed at contemporary challenges and solving real-world problems; evidence of successful implementation of these ideas resulting in a positive impact beyond the nominee’s own community or organization; degree to which the nominee and activities undertaken have demonstrated inspiration, creativity, collaboration, risk-taking and problem solving.

SFU recipients: None. Note: awards established in 2016.

Type: National

Career Level: Varies by award

Value: Honourary

Field: All