Celebrating outstanding Canadian innovations

About the awards 2019 winners

About the
Governor General's
Innovation Awards

4 Years
24 Awards
49 Partner

The Innovation Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding Canadian individuals, teams and organizations—trailblazers and creators who contribute to our country’s success, who help shape our future and who inspire the next generation.

2019 Winner Profiles

Learn more about the 2019 Governor General’s Innovation Awards laureates.

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Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace (Stsmél’qen) and Dr. Marianne Ignace (Gulḵiihlgad)

Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace and Dr. Marianne Ignace successfully combined scientific knowledge with wisdom of Elders.

Burnaby, BC

Jad Saliba

Jad Saliba - Innovation in digital forensics.

Waterloo, ON


SmartICE - making ice travel safe. The SmartICE team, represented by Trevor Bell, Shelly Elverum, Jenny Mosesie, Shawna Dicker

St. John’s, NL

Dr. Joelle Pineau

Dr. Joelle Pineau - a leader in innovative, personalized, robot-assisted health care.

Montreal, QC

Dr. Garnette Sutherland

Dr. Garnette Sutherland - Improving neurosurgical outcomes with technology.

Calgary, AB

June Draude, Eric Dillon, Walter Mah, Donald Meikle

Sweet Dreams - innovative financing to keep mothers and children together

Regina, SK

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The Governor General’s Innovation Awards are an annual celebration of Canadian innovations that exemplify excellence and have meaningful impacts on our quality of life.

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Impact Stories

Stories about the Laureates and their incredible achievements.

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Where are they now?

Respectful fusion of fashion and art

Christi Belcourt is a Métis visual artist with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of her people. Her art

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In the News

How baby ‘teachers’ in classrooms are teaching older kids empathy

2018 Governor General’s Innovation Award laureate, Mary Gordon appeared on The Today Show on October 17, 2019, in a segment

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Where are they now?

David Brown Continues to Make the World Healthier

In 2017, David Brown was presented a Governor General’s Innovation Award for founding the MyCodev Group, whose purpose is to

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