Canadian business leaders judge 2018 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards

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

The awards will celebrate researchers-turned-entrepreneurs whose work starting or building a business demonstrates exemplary leadership and innovation. Twenty-five thousand dollars in cash prizes will be awarded to help the emerging businesses grow.

The judges of the 2018 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards are as follows:

  • 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

The awards event, which will include a panel discussion, will take place on June 5, 2018, at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) in Montreal.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

 “We are honoured to have such a prestigious panel of judges contributing their expertise to the 2018 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards. Our work-integrated learning programs — and these awards — are building on Canada’s strengthened commitment to technology and innovation by supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs.”

Mitacs facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 18 years to support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Mitacs’ research internship programs connect graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with industry and not-for-profit partners for collaborations supervised by faculty.

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