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PPF: Meet Canada’s New Innovation Stars

Press Release

May 19, 2017

Meet Canada’s New Innovation Stars
Governor General David Johnston and Minister Bains to celebrate the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards winners

OTTAWA, May 19, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with Universities Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation, is pleased to host the winners of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards to share their stories of challenge and triumph. They will be joined by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Moderated by Catherine Clark, the event will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards in Ottawa from 9 to 11 a.m.

This dynamic event will encourage us all to think about the collective action required for Canada to become an innovation nation. Hailing from coast to coast and working in diverse sectors, this year’s Governor General’s Innovation Awards recipients have demonstrated tremendous courage and perseverance in harnessing new technologies to improve lives and economies at home and abroad. The 2017 award recipients exemplify what Canadians are capable of when untraditional, forward thinking is coupled with relentless determination.

Each story is unique: From revolutionary digital services in language and healthcare that translate into tangible positive outcomes for millions, to radical new scientific methods and products in genetics, biology and medical equipment, these trailblazers help us better understand how we can all foster a culture of innovation. Read more about the winners here:

  • David Brown, Island View, NB
  • Marie-Odile Junker, Ottawa, ON
  • Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Patrick McGrath, Halifax, NS
  • Bonnie Mallard, Guelph, ON
  • Audra Renyi, Montreal, QC
  • Paul Santerre, Toronto, ON

About the Public Policy Forum

The PPF works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, the PPF works from “inclusion to conclusion,” by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

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For any questions or media inquiries, please contact:

Sabrina Ahmad
Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
[email protected]
613-238-7858 ext. 225
Cell: 613 853 0327


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