Award
Award

Thursday May 4, 2017

Hosted By:

Knowledge Park

Funding Partners

Opportunities NB Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Gold Sponsors

Bell Aliant NBIF E&Y UNB McInnes Cooper Salesforce

Silver Sponsors

Oracle PQA Testing Crowne Plaza

Friends of KIRA

Remsoft Roc Consulting Group

Event Info

This is not your parent’s KIRA Awards! This signature event has grown over the years and is now a key component of Innovation Week. And, with growth comes changes. Some exciting things are on tap for this year.

Join us on May 4, 2017 at the Fredericton Convention Centre!

Thursday May 4, 2017

Fredericton Convention Centre

Emcee: Baram and Snieckus

Emcee

Individually, she is from CBC's MrD and he is from Second City's Guide to the Symphony. Together they are Second City alumnus and the team from the multi award winning, internationally acclaimed company: The National Theatre of the World. Please welcome the comedy duo the Toronto Star calls: “ he most laughable couple", Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram.

Most Creative Selfie Award

Time to put your best selfie forward and show us what you've got! Take a photo with your KIRA ticket or create something of your own that says KIRA Awards 2017 and tag #KiraSelfie on Twitter for your chance to be recognized on stage as a digital genius. Awarded to a deserving selfie master for both skill and uniqueness, this shout-out will shed light on the digital era and those who have mastered it!

FREE Innovation Luncheon & KIRA Finalist Showcase @ noon

Ignite Fredericton, Enterprise Saint John, and 3plus Corporation will be hosting a FREE lunch and learn to kick-off provincial Innovation Week that is focused on Debunking the Innovation Myth. Learn why businesses from all industries need to step outside of operations and consider how they can apply innovation to re-invent and re-invigorate. With new federal and provincial strategic investments announced for innovation - what it could mean for New Brunswick businesses and entrepreneurs and what opportunities it might open up for you?

http://ow.ly/OJk230baelr

Tickets

The KIRA Awards is completely led by industry volunteers using ticket sales and sponsorship to cover the costs of the event.

Tickets for the KIRA gala are $140 per person (+HST) or $1,120 per table of 8 (+HST).

For ticket information please call 855-682-KIRA(5472) or send an email to kira@knowledgepark.ca.

Purchase Tickets Online

Thursday May 4, 2017

Fredericton Convention Centre

  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Stand Up Dinner Reception
  • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Gala Awards
  • 10:00 pm – midnight: Post Event Party at Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel

2017 Winners

Innovation Champion

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, UNB

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, UNB

Most Innovative Start-up

EhEye Inc.

EhEye Inc.

Most Innovative Product or Service

Soricimed Biopharma Inc.

Soricimed Biopharma Inc.

Innovation through Technology

EhEye Inc.

EhEye Inc.

Economic Impact through Innovation

Bulletproof Solutions Inc

Bulletproof Solutions Inc

Premier’s Award for Innovation (Private Sector)

Institut de recherche sur les feuillus nordiques Inc.

Institut de recherche sur les feuillus nordiques Inc.

Premier’s Award for Innovation (Public Sector)

Integrated Service Delivery for Children and Youth

Integrated Service Delivery for Children and Youth
  • Innovation Champion

    Institute of Biomedical Engineering, UNB

  • Most Innovative Start-up

    EhEye Inc.

  • Most Innovative Product or Service

    Soricimed Biopharma Inc.

  • Innovation through Technology

    EhEye Inc.

  • Economic Impact through Innovation

    Bulletproof Solutions Inc

  • Premier’s Award for Innovation (Private Sector)

    Institut de recherche sur les feuillus nordiques Inc.

  • Premier’s Award for Innovation (Public Sector)

    Integrated Service Delivery for Children and Youth

About the KIRAs

What are the KIRAs? (Knowledge and Innovation Recognition Awards)

The KIRAs celebrates excellence in technological, social and economic innovation across all sectors and industries in New Brunswick. The awards recognise companies, organizations, and individuals in New Brunswick for their role in the development and / or application of innovative products, processes, services, technologies, or business models. KIRA seeks to encourage and foster a culture of knowledge and innovation in New Brunswick. Created in 1998 as a means to recognize the knowledge industry in Fredericton, the event has broadened its scope to showcase and honour innovation in all sectors and industries across New Brunswick.                      

How do we define innovation?

Innovation is defined as the “implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organizational method in business practices, workplace organization or external relations” (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Ministerial report on the OECD Innovation Strategy) – this is the definition being used in the provincial innovation strategy doc

How is KIRA provincial in scope?

  • - KIRA recognises innovation happens everywhere in our province, helping to build a New Brunswick ecosystem that supports access to ideas, people and capital.
  • - KIRA’s reach is provincial – from its nominees and awards winners, sponsors and event attendees, financial support from the Province of New Brunswick and its place in the provincial Innovation Week.
  • - KIRA aligns itself with the provincial and federal Innovation strategies and supports the ideas and objectives outlined by the under the Innovation pillar of the federal and provincial economic growth strategies.

KIRA first began as an idea in the winter of 1998 as a way of acknowledging the Knowledge Industry in Fredericton. KIRA stood for “Knowledge Industry Recognition and Achievement” Awards and was hosted by Enterprise Fredericton and the Knowledge Industry Task Force (KITF). For the first three years, it was a Fredericton area event. Support for the event was overwhelming – the organizing committee was able to secure enough sponsorship and in-kind contributions to make the event a success. The event was sold out each year.

Up until 2003, nomination categories were as follows:

  • - Export-Product
  • - Export-Service
  • - Technological Advancement/Innovation – Private Sector
  • - Employment Growth
  • - Most Promising Start-up
  • - Industry Person of the Year

In 2001, the KITF decided to take the event province wide. Many other knowledge industry-related events were taking place around the province and were considered “province-wide” yet hosted by one Enterprise group. For example, Saint John hosted IT Works and the Miramichi hosted LearnTec. The KITF knew that Knowledge Industry excellence was prevalent in other NB locations along with Fredericton.

As well, at the time the decision was made to go province-wide, it was decided that the acronym “KIRA” would become a trademark word rather than an acronym (much like the “Oscars”). The event is now known, in English and in French, as “KIRA”.

The event was well received as a provincial activity hosted by Enterprise Fredericton and located in Fredericton. Nominations come from across the province as do the award recipients. The event continues grow in popularity and to be sold out each year.

In 2003, KIRA celebrated its 5th anniversary. 2003 also saw the addition of a 7th award category – Technological Advancement/Innovation in the Public Sector.

That year, the new award category had a record number fourteen nominations and Service New Brunswick was the award recipient.

2013 marked the 15th Anniversary of the ever growing KIRA Awards.

Hosted by Knowledge Park, the 19th Annual KIRA Awards continues to be the industry event of the year.