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Sault hosting Ontario region Startup Canada Awards

The event is the hallmark forum celebrating outstanding achievement in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community
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StartUP Sault and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) have partnered with Startup Canada to host the 2018 Startup Canada Awards - Ontario Region.

The event, which launched in 2014 and is now marking its fifth year, is the hallmark forum celebrating outstanding achievement in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.

The awards celebration, emceed by Jasmyn Rowley of, is taking place on Wednesday, June 20 at the Machine Shop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening includes networking and appetizers. It’s free to attend, though registration is required. Space is limited. Register here.  

“Startup Canada is proud to partner with StartUP Sault and the SSMEDC to celebrate the incredible entrepreneurs and innovators in Ontario who are growing our economy and building entrepreneurial culture and success in Canada,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO and co-founder of Startup Canada.

“We’re excited to team up with StartUP Sault to bring this event to Sault Ste. Marie,” said Dan Hollingsworth, executive director of business development for the SSMEDC. “We wanted the opportunity to bring Ontario’s best and brightest entrepreneurs right here to Sault Ste. Marie to celebrate their achievements.”

“This event is a perfect way to celebrate StartUP Sault’s four years of building a supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurs and startups in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Nevin Buconjic, founder and community lead of StartUP Sault. “I look forward to hosting Ontario’s top entrepreneurs, business leaders and special guests at this amazing event.”

Every year, the Startup Canada Awards attract hundreds of nominations and celebrate more than 60 entrepreneurs, innovators and support organizations from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The events draw over 1,500 attendees at regional and national ceremonies. Past recipients include:

  • Anne Whelan, president and CEO of Seafair Capital Inc.;
  • The Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada;
  • The Hadhad Family, founders of Peace by Chocolate;
  • Nicole Verkindt, founder of Offset Market Exchange;
  • Clearbanc;
  • Hootsuite; and
  • Patrice Mousseau, founder of Satya Organics Inc.

Award recipients join the prestigious Startup Canada Awards Alumni Network, a platform to elevate their ongoing impact on the country and to provide inspiration for the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs.

The 2018 regional recipients will also be contenders for the National Startup Canada Awards, which will be announced at a Grand Finale ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The 2018 Startup Canada Awards - Ontario Region is supported by the following local sponsors: Acclaim Ability Management, Maximus Rose Living Benefits, BDO,, YouLaunch, Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Northern Region Partnership, Community First/Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

For more information about the 2018 Startup Canada Awards - Ontario Region, please contact Nevin Buconjic at 705-943-2143 or [email protected].

About the Startup Canada Awards

The annual Startup Canada Awards are the hallmark event that celebrate and recognize those driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community. The objectives of the awards are to:

  • Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Canada;
  • Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and
  • Incentivize efforts and elevate the ambitions of the Canadian entrepreneurial and innovation community.

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