Former prime minister among National Startup Canada Awards winners

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As part of the culmination to its #EveryEntrepreneur tour, Startup Canada announced the national recipients of the Startup Canada Awards.

Former prime minister Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund, received the Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award; Communitech CEO Iain Klugman earned the award for Entrepreneur Promotion; and Medicine Hat-based Weddingstar was recognized with the International Trade award.

“Entrepreneurship is about human endeavour; it is about unleashing human potential to advance our society, economy and humanity,” said Victoria Lennox, co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada. “Canada was built by entrepreneurs and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate and showcase these magnificent Canadians who have collectively raised the tide for entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Other recipients for the national awards include:

    Victory Square Labs, Startup Canada Award for Entrepreneurship Support
    – Natalie Dakers, President and CEO of Accel-Rx, Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    – Alex Gillis, co-founder and CEO of, Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    – Tom Fath, owner of The Fath Group, Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    Entomo Farms, Startup Canada Award for Sustainable Development
    RtTech Software, Startup Canada Award for Innovation

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards, each of whom embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and who have exemplified excellence, integrity and exceptional impact through their efforts, enterprises and ethos,” said Lennox.

The National Startup Canada Awards will be delivered in a ceremony at the CN Tower on December 1st.

Photo courtesy Andrew Rusk.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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