Innovation leaders judge 2021 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs expresses its gratitude to the 12 innovation leaders who contribute their expertise by adjudicating the 2021 Entrepreneur Awards.

As the last year has taught us, innovation is critical for economic resiliency and future development. Based across Canada, the judges bring a wealth of experience in start-up development, investment, entrepreneurship, research, and business innovation to the lens of selecting this year’s five winners.

The judges of the 2021 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards are:

  • Ben Bergen, Executive Director, Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Pierre Boucher, Director, Research, Ericsson Canada
  • Katrina Carroll-Foster, Partner and Senior Strategist, Brand and Marketing, Kollectively
  • Chris Googoo, COO, ULnooweg
  • Raghwa Gopal, President and CEO, Innovate BC
  • Diane Gray, President and CEO, CentrePort Canada
  • Bruce Hardy, President, Function Four
  • Kayla Isabelle, Executive Director, Startup Canada
  • Victoria Lennox, CEO, Lennox Innovations
  • Jean Saint-Vil, Special advisor to VPR, NSERC – appointed to McGill
  • Katrin Sommerfeld, Manager, Industry & Community Partnerships, Acadia University
  • Alison Sundstrum, Founder and CEO, cnsrvx

The annual Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards celebrate researchers-turned-entrepreneurs whose work starting or building a business demonstrates extraordinary leadership and innovation. A total of $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to help their emerging businesses grow.

The Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards will take place online on June 10, 2021, from 4 to 5 pm ET/1 to 2 pm PT. Click here to register.  


John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“We are extremely grateful to our prestigious panel of judges who contribute their time and expertise to selecting the 2021 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards winners. We are honoured to connect successful innovation leaders with our future leaders through these awards. Our talented interns-turned-entrepreneurs will continue to leverage their learnings, skills, and talents to advancing Canadian innovation.”

About Mitacs:  

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.  
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.