The Governor General’s Innovation Awards is an ongoing national awards program, sustained through both public and private financial contributions and through the efforts of numerous organizations across Canada.

Founding Partners

The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General - Viceregal Lion Logo

The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General oversees all aspects of the awards.

The Canadian Science and Technology Museums Corporation Logo

The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation supports the initiative through public education and outreach by showcasing and promoting Canada’s outstanding innovation success stories.

the Canadian Science and Technology Museums Corporation Logo

The Canada Foundation for Innovation manages the selection process, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of highly accomplished individuals from all sectors of society.

Rideau Hall Foundation Logo

The Rideau Hall Foundation gathers and aligns contributions from philanthropic and corporate sectors.

Outreach Partner

The Globe and Mail

Digital Partner


Nominating Partners

Drawn from all sectors of society, and authorized by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, nominating partners seek out, gather and submit nominations on behalf of their members, clients, partners and associates. Nominating partners include organizations that currently deliver innovation-related awards programs and other organizations that work to support and promote innovation across Canada. In addition to providing a consistent and sustainable flow of nominations on an annual basis, partners assist in promoting the program and generating visibility across the country.

The nominating partners have been selected on the basis of the following considerations:

  • Reputation: publicly recognized as well-respected and credible
  • National significance: by their nature, pre-eminent, high-profile and “top of their field”
  • Sustainability: in their institutional, financial and operational activities
  • Non-partisanship
  • Integrity of governance and decision-making processes (and, if currently bestowing awards, integrity and neutrality in the nominations and selection processes.)

List of Nominating Partners

Apathy is Boring

Arctic Inspiration Prize

Association francophone pour le savoir

Business Council of Canada

Business Development Bank of Canada

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Gairdner Awards

Canada’s Public Policy Forum

Canadian Academy of Engineering

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Canadian Digital Media Network

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Centre for Social Innovation

Chantier de l'économie sociale

Colleges and Institutes Canada


Community Foundations of Canada

Engineers Canada

Entertainment Software Association of Canada

Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year

Excellence Canada

Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Futurpreneur Canada

Grand Challenges Canada

Information Technology Association of Canada

Institut du Nouveau Monde

MaRS Discovery District


National Association of Friendship Centres

National Research Council of Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Polytechnics Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Startup Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada

The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board of Canada

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

The Royal Society of Canada

TRICO evolution

U15 - Group of Canadian Research Universities

Universities Canada

Governor General’s Innovation Awards Advisory Committee

From 2015 to 2017, this committee made up of highly accomplished Canadians from all sectors, provided oversight and strategic direction for the program.

David Johnston, co-chair of the committee, former Governor General of Canada

Tom Jenkins, co-chair of the committee, Chair of Open Text Corporation

  • Dr. Howard Alper, Past Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council
  • Alex Benay, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
  • Timothy Brodhead, Senior Fellow at Social Innovation Generation
  • Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chair and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation and Executive Co-Chair of Power Financial
  • Arlene Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer of Venture Communications
  • Scott Haldane, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rideau Hall Foundation
  • John Knubley, Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Paul Lee, Managing Partner at Vanedge Capital
  • Monique F. Leroux, President of the International Cooperative Alliance
  • The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, Vice-Chair of BMO Financial Group
  • The Honourable John P. Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada
  • David Moorman, Senior Advisor of Policy and Planning at Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Frank O’Dea, Entrepreneur, humanitarian and author
  • Gilles G. Patry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Foundation of Innovation
  • John C. Risley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated
  • Darcy Ross, Manager, Science and Innovation Sector of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Terry Stuart, Chief Innovation Officer at Deloitte Canada
  • Annette Verschuren, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer of NRStor
  • Stephen Wallace, Secretary to the Governor General
  • Faye Wightman, President and Founder of FLW Consulting and Management Services Inc.
  • The Honourable Wayne G. WoutersFormer Clerk of the Privy Council