The Governor General's Innovation Awards are an annual celebration of innovations that exemplify excellence and help improve the quality of life in Canada and around the world.

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

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. Wouters
Former Clerk of the Privy Council

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