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Innovation awards introduced

David Johnston, Canada’s governor general, has announced the creation of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards, designed to celebrate the country’s best innovators and entrepreneurs.

Awards will be presented in two categories: one for innovators under the age of 30 and one for established individuals, teams or organisations. Winners will be those whose innovations have had a significant positive impact beyond their immediate organisation or community.

The adjudication process will be managed by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which funds research infrastructure. “The CFI is pleased to play a role in helping highlight some of Canada’s most creative and entrepreneurial minds through the Governor General’s Innovation Awards,” said Gilles Patry, the president of the CFI. “Every day, Canadians benefit from social and commercial innovations. These awards offer the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional and transformative thinkers behind them.”

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