Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards
Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards

Join us to celebrate Mitacs alumni who have ventured into entrepreneurship and turned their research into an innovative business or business idea.

Selected by a panel of esteemed judges, five exemplary researchers-turned-entrepreneurs will be honoured at our awards ceremony and presented with a total of $25,000 to support their businesses.

Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5‒8 p.m.
SAT, Montreal​

Includes networking and a brief panel discussion.

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Successful applicants will be notified by May 18, 2018.

Award categories
Outstanding entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant with an outstanding business or business idea that is feasible and sustainable 

Social entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose start-up works to address or solve social, cultural, or humanitarian issues

Global impact entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose start-up demonstrates the potential to scale their business to international markets or have a global impact

Environmental entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose start-up has a positive impact on the environment or addresses a challenge related to climate change

Change agent entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose innovation demonstrates the potential to significantly affect an industry, process, mindset, or to create a culture-shift within an industry  

Our judges

Seventeen business and entrepreneurship leaders from across Canada have contributed their expertise to determine the winners of the 2018 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards. The judges bring a wealth of experience in start-ups, investment, and business innovation to their roles.

  • Pierre Boucher, Director, Research, Ericsson Canada
  • Serge Bourassa, President and COO, Centre d'entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM)
  • Richard Chénier, Director General, Centech
  • Andrew Csinger, Entrepreneur  
  • Breanne Everett, CEO and Director, Orpyx Medical Technologies
  • Ghyslain Goulet, President and Director General, ACET
  • Diane Gray, President and CEO, CentrePort Canada
  • Lori Hall, Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Bruce Hardy, President, Myera Group
  • Lyse Le Gal, Partner, Strategy and Innovation, Adjuvant
  • Victoria Lennox, Founder and CEO, Startup Canada
  • Lloyed Lobo, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Boast Capital
  • Albert de Luca, Partner, Deloitte
  • Marie-Hélène Rochon, Partner, Patent Agent, Norton Rose Fullbright
  • Samir Sahoo, Technology and Venture Development Manager, MaRS Innovation
  • Helge Seetzen, CEO, TandemLaunch
  • Eirene Seiradaki, Director, Research Partnerships, Borealis AI
Past winners

Ilyass Tabiai and Rolland Delorme, alumni of École Polytechnique de Montréal and co-founders of 3D TRIP, a company that specializes in 3D printing. Capitalizing on the rapidly growing 3D printing industry, 3D TRIP is developing new advanced polymers and composites that will help companies to advance 3D printing of plastic materials from prototype to production line.

Asha Srinivasan, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and co-founder of Vancouver-based Boost Environmental Systems, a company that is working to safeguard the world’s water quality through the commercialization of a novel approach to treating dairy farm manure and sewage sludge. Called IMPACT, the breakthrough technology is solving urgent problems facing the worldwide agricultural and wastewater treatment industries and is positioning Canada as a frontrunner is clean tech solutions for sustainable waste management.

Ashwaq Al-Hashedi, who completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University and is a co-founder of 2D-CrystaLab, a company that is working to improve dental health among seniors through the commercialization of advanced toothpastes that prevent infection and improve long-term hygiene of tooth implants and dentures. The toothpastes use a food-grade nanomaterial — developed in partnership with scientists at Université de Montréal and Harvard University — that is 20,000 times thinner than a human hair, but that has shown to be more effective at cleaning dental implants compared to existing conventional toothpastes. The product is a first-of-its-kind in North America and represents a breakthrough innovation in dental implant hygiene.

Yaser Roshan, a former PhD student at Simon Fraser University and co-founder of Vancouver-based Ophthalight Digital Solutions, a company whose first-of-its-kind eye exam headset makes it possible to administer routine tests quickly, accurately and remotely — a first for teleophthalmology — and helps with early detection and prevention of diseases such as glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and eye cancer. The company’s flagship product, O-Glass, launched in Canada in late 2017.

Arash Samimi, a former PhD student at Queen’s University and co-founder of the Toronto-based Livelihood Project, a not-for profit organization that has developed a state-of-the-art, science-backed career coach app. The technology helps refugees and under-skilled workers find meaningful, long-term employment in today’s challenging work environment where jobs are at risk due to advances in automation. The company’s innovative program includes mobile technology that works like a Fitbit to keep people on track with their career goals and shifts the mindset of employment services from job matching to job readiness.


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