Allen Lau, Dax Dasilva among Startup Canada’s 2016 regional award winners

Startup Canada Awards

After putting out a call for nominations in May, Startup Canada officially announced the winners of its Startup Canada regional awards.

The regions were separated by Atlantic, Ontario, Quebec, BC and the North, and Prairies. The winners include Wattpad founder Allen Lau, who received the Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Ontario; Magnusmode founder Nadia Hamilton received the Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award for the province.

Quebec’s winners include Lightspeed founder Dax Dasilva for Entrepreneur of the Year, and Breather for High-Growth Entrepreneurship. 7shifts, which recently raised a $1.2 million seed round, took the same award as Breather for the Prairies.

“A culture in Canada that celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation, and offers end-to-end support for entrepreneurs will position Canada as a beacon of entrepreneurship globally,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. “The Awards give national recognition to those working to make Canada one of the best countries in the world to pursue and invest in world-leading enterprises.”

Andrea Palmer, who recently won The Next 36 Mastercard Challenge for her work with Awake Labs, was recognized with BC’s Young Entrepreneur Award.

During a final grand ceremony in November, the national award winners will be announced.

Check out the full list of winners on the official website.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.