With an exceptional line-up of candidates, our independent judging panel for the 2022 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards will have some tough choices to make

Vancouver B.C. – Mitacs is proud to announce the judges for the 2022 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards being held in Montréal on June 2. Coming from diverse industries and backgrounds, this impressive group of entrepreneurial leaders and innovators will judge award candidates based on sustainability, potential for global impact, social innovation, and more.  

Held since 2015 to celebrate entrepreneurial advancements having a meaningful impact on Canadian innovation, the Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards are an opportunity for past and present Mitacs program participants to have their innovative businesses or business ideas evaluated by some of Canada’s leading innovators. With such a strong line-up of candidates this year, the judges will have their work cut out for them.   

The esteemed judges for the 2022 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards are:  

  • Andrée-Ann Adam, President and Founder, Animora, and past Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards winner 
  • Negin Ashouri, Chief Executive Officer, FemTherapeutics, and past Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards winner 
  • Jason Deglint, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Blue Lion Labs, and past Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards winner 
  • Diane Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer, CentrePort, and member of the Mitacs Board of Directors  
  • Chris Googoo, Chief Operating Officer, Ulnooweg 
  • Kayla Isabelle, Executive Director, Startup Canada 
  • Elicia Maine, Founder, Adventure for Innovation, and Professor of Innovation at Simon Fraser University 
  • Dominic Marchand, Head of Research and Partnerships, 1Qbit 
  • Jean Saint-Vil, Special Advisor to the Vice President of Research, NSERC 
  • Jane Somerville, Co-Director, District 3  
  • Alison Sundstrum, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, CNSRV-X 

The 2022 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards will take place on June 2, 2022, in Montréal, Quebec.  


Dr. John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs  

“Supporting Mitacs program participants in their entrepreneurial journey is extremely important to us. That is why we are delighted to welcome such an experienced group of judges from diversified sectors with exceptional knowledge of what it means to succeed at building an innovative business to the 2022 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards.” 

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.