Mitacs named nominating partner of Governor General’s Innovation Awards

Vancouver, BC – Mitacs, a national non-profit research and training organization, has been named a nominating partner of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards. The goal of the Innovation Awards is to inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and recognize entrepreneurs who have developed new or better ways of creating value for Canadians.

The Innovation Awards will be given to individuals, teams, and/or organizations whose innovations are exceptional and transformative, and have a positive impact on quality of life in Canada.

The Governor General’s Innovation Awards program is a collaborative effort with a limited number of nominating partners whose knowledge network is capable of identifying the best innovators. Drawn from all sectors of society, the nominating partners will submit nominations on behalf of their members, clients, partners, and associates.

The call for nominations will be launched in the fall of 2015. The selection process of award recipients will take place in the winter of 2016, with the inaugural Innovation Awards ceremony to follow in the spring of 2016.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“As a nominating partner of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards, Mitacs looks forward to collaborating with the Office of the Governor General, as well as with other nominating partners, to promote and foster innovation across all sectors of Canadian society.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.


For information about Mitacs and our programs, see

To learn about the Innovations Awards, visit