In 2016 we brought the online awards into the real world with our first gala event at Toronto’s Steam Whistle Brewery to celebrate the sixth anniversary. This represented a significant step forward, both for the awards and for Canada’s technology industry.
As the Techvibes community has expanded, so has the industry around us. Startups have grown into multinational superpowers and enterprises are leveraging technology in new and innovative ways. As we contemplated our categories for 2017, it became clear that the moniker Startup Awards was limiting our potential.
To address this evolution, we have expanded our categories to recognize innovators across new verticals: Manufacturing & Robotics, Health & Wellness, Retail & Hospitality, Energy & Sustainability, Media & Entertainment, and Financial Services.
And, of course, we are staying true to our roots and will continue to celebrate the year’s best Startup, Entrepreneur, New Startup, Angel Investor, Social Impact Startup and Breakthrough Technology.
Finally, we have rebranded to The Canadian Innovation Awards. To match the program’s growth, we are moving the February 22, 2018 awards celebration to the Royal Ontario Museum.
We are looking forward to an amazing award season with you, and to kick it off we have launched a new website and opened award nominations!
Robert Lewis, Editor-in-Chief