Celebrate Canadian research and innovation
2021 Mitacs Awards
Award Winners

Moneca Sinclaire

Moneca Sinclaire

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Indigenous

Sophie Charron

Sophie Charron

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — International

Adam Schachner

Adam Schachner

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Master’s

Prisca Bustamante

Prisca Bustamante

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — PhDs

Diz Glithero

Diz Glithero

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Postdoctoral

Seyyedarash Haddadi

Seyyedarash Haddadi

Mitacs Award for Commercialization, Awarded by NRC–IRAP

 

Raymond Spiteri

Raymond Spiteri

Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership — Professor

Structural Genomics Consortium

Structural Genomics Consortium

Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership — Industry

 

“For more than a decade, the annual Mitacs Awards have grown to become one of Canada’s top research and innovation celebrations, and we are thrilled to honour this year’s recipients. The awards highlight outstanding examples of industry-academic collaborations and celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Mitacs interns, as well as industry and academic partners. The collaborations provide immediate and long-term benefits to Canada, helping to drive innovation through this pandemic and build resiliency for future success.”
John Hepburn
John Hepburn
CEO, Mitacs

 

 

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Featured Speakers

Véronique Morin

Véronique Morin (Emcee)

Science Journalist; Digital Producer and Editor

John Hepburn

Claudette Commanda

Algonquin Elder/Knowledge Keeper

David Saint-Jacques

David Saint-Jacques

Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency

Program

Opening Remarks from Véronique Morin (Emcee)

Welcome from Claudette Commanda

Remarks from John Hepburn

Keynote from David Saint-Jacques

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Indigenous

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Master’s

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — PhD

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Postdoctoral

Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership — Professor

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — International

Mitacs Award for Commercialization, awarded by NRC

Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership — Industry

 

Thank you to all of our speakers.

 

Collage of photographs from the Mitacs Awards ceremony showing speakers at the podium and award winners posing with their awards.

Award categories

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Indigenous*

Given to an Indigenous student or postdoctoral fellow who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during their Mitacs-funded project. Priority shall be given to candidates whose achievements significantly impact or support Indigenous communities and/or populations. 
 

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — International

Given to a student or postdoctoral fellow who has made a significant achievement in research and innovation through international collaboration during their Mitacs-funded Globalink or Accelerate International project.
 

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Master’s

Given to a master’s student who has made a significant achievement in research and innovation during their Mitacs-funded project.
 

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — PhD

Given to a PhD student who has made a significant achievement in research and innovation during their Mitacs-funded project.

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Postdoctoral*

Given to a postdoctoral fellow who has made a significant achievement in research and innovation during their Mitacs-funded project.
 

Mitacs Award for Commercialization*

Given to a student or postdoctoral fellow for an idea brought from research that is now available on the market (or has strong support that it is soon to be commercialized).

Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership — Professor*

Given to an academic supervisor with an exemplary record of developing collaborations with industry and other partners, providing valuable research and training experiences to their interns and initiating research projects with significant outcomes through their Mitacs funding.

Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership — Industry

Given to a Mitacs industry partner with an exemplary record of developing collaborations, providing valuable research and training experiences to their interns and initiating research projects with significant outcomes through their Mitacs funding.

Eligibility

Past or present students, postdoctoral fellows, and academic supervisors who have participated in the Mitacs Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, or Business Strategy Internship programs are eligible for nomination. For the selection criteria pertaining to each specific award, please refer to the list of Mitacs Awards above.

Indigenous students or postdoctoral fellows who are nominated under the “Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Indigenous” category will be asked to provide a letter of support from a community member or from an Indigenous organization which speaks to the impacts of the nominees’ achievements.

Award recipients will be notified in October and announced publicly at an awards ceremony on November 23, 2021. Recipients will be presented with their awards at the ceremony.

*These award categories are open to nominations for both college, polytechnic, and university participants from eligible programs.

Nomination process

Students and postdoctoral fellows may be nominated for a Mitacs Award in one of the following ways: 

  • By the academic supervisor who supervised their work during the Mitacs-funded project; or 
  • By the industry supervisor who supervised their work during the Mitacs-funded project (for Accelerate, or Elevate, or Business Strategy Internship program nominees). 

Professors may be nominated for the Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership by: 

  • The industrial or not-for-profit partner; 
  • The academic co-investigators; or, 
  • The interns involved in the Mitacs-funded project on which they worked together. 

It is expected that several individuals may contribute to the preparation of a nomination submission for an academic supervisor. In this case, one person should act as the lead in the process so that a single nomination is submitted on behalf of the professor. 

Evaluation procedure

An internal and external review committee will review all nominations and make recommendations for the best candidates for each award. Mitacs's CEO and Scientific Director will review the recommendations and make the final decisions.

The nomination deadline is now closed.

For questions regarding nominations, please contact events@mitacs.ca.

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