Award
Award

Thursday May 4, 2017

Hosted By:

Knowledge Park

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

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.

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

Nominations

Nominations close March 17th! Nominate today!

Innovation Champion

This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, company, or group who has demonstrated a commitment to creating, fostering, promoting and encouraging innovation (technological, social or economic) in any sector or industry in New Brunswick. This could be by promoting the idea of innovation, providing or creating an environment to foster innovation, or by creating a positive impact based on innovation in communities or the province overall.  

When nominating an individual, company, or group to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

- More than just dollars or hours donated, what is the impact your nominee has made in your community or in New Brunswick overall?

-What is the impact of this individual, company, or group for your community? How would the community be different without their efforts?

Nominate

Most Innovative Start-up

From a great idea to thinking outside the box, in technical or managerial terms, this award recognizes a company in business less than two years with something fresh to say in the marketplace or using an innovative approach to addressing an old problem.  Companies using innovation to impact any sector or industry positively are eligible to be nominated.

When nominating a company to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

- What was the new idea, innovative concept, product or service that launched the company? How has the company grown from start-up until now, and what are its growth expectations over the next 24 months?

- Has the company been successful to date in attracting investment and if so, what was the nature of investment (e.g., venture capital, federal funding, etc.)?

Nominate

Most Innovative Product or Service

This award recognizes a successful launch of an innovative product or service by a private sector company over the past 12 months.  Products or services could still be at the development stage, however there must be some measure of success either identified or established.   Companies investing in research and development of new technologies and innovations are also eligible in this category.  Innovative products or services impacting any sector or industry are eligible to be nominated.

When nominating a company to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

- What innovative new product or service is being nominated and explain how unique is the product/service? How is it different or better than existing products/services?

- What problem(s) have been or will be solved as a result? Did the product/service meet an unmet need and what is the market potential for this product or service – both within and outside NB?

Nominate

Innovation through Technology

Industries, businesses, governments, not-for-profits, social enterprises – all are touched and influenced by technology these days.   From research and development of new products or services, to new approaches toward the delivery of existing products or services, to citizen, customer and stakeholder engagement, this award recognizes a company or organization for the application of new technologies or a new application of existing technologies to support growth of your company or organization in any sector or industry.  Consider the following:

- Regardless of the technology (e.g. social networking, “big” data, analytics, mobile, cloud, etc.), how was it used to provide the desired outcome?

- What has this innovation meant for the company or organization and its customers or stakeholders?

- Why should this product or service be recognized with a KIRA Award?

Nominate

Economic Impact through Innovation

Innovation is the foundation of our growing economy. This award recognizes a company or organization that has demonstrated sustained economic impact in New Brunswick driven by innovation resulting from employment growth over time. In this specific case, the time period in question is the preceding two years. Companies or organizations in any sector or industry are eligible to be nominated.

When nominating a company or organization to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

- Describe the company and or organizations’ primary business activities, services or products and the role innovation played in building and sustaining employment growth.

- Provide background information describing what drove the growth resulting in employment growth, markets, services, competitive advantages, etc. to supporting the result.

Nominate

Premier’s Award for Innovation (Private Sector)

This award recognizes the adoption of an innovative new solution or approach for the delivery of a new or existing service over the past 12 months that has resulted in measurable impact for government services. Private organizations delivering services or solutions to the government of New Brunswick qualify for submissions. The innovation may also have been achieved through a partnership between the public and private or academic sectors. 

When nominating a private enterprise to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

- Describe the solution or initiative being nominated and what problem(s) have been solved as a result of the implementation of this solution or approach?

- What is the potential for the application of this solution or approach outside of the implementing organization (i.e. municipality, department, university, province, etc.)?

Nominate

Premier’s Award for Innovation (Public Sector)

This award recognizes the adoption of an innovative new solution or approach for the delivery of a new or existing service over the past 12 months that has resulted in measurable impact for government services.  Public institutions including government departments, municipalities, universities and community colleges are eligible to apply. The innovation may also have been achieved through a partnership between the public and private or academic sectors. 

When nominating a public institution to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

- Describe the solution or initiative being nominated and what problem(s) have been solved as a result of the implementation of this solution or approach?

- What is the potential for the application of this solution or approach outside of the implementing organization (i.e. municipality, department, university, province, etc.)?

Nominate

KIRA People’s Choice Award

The KIRA People’s Choice Award is your award. Voted on by the attendees at the KIRA Gala evening event, the winner will be chosen from among the roster of KIRA finalists. Audience members vote to honour the finalist who they feel best personifies excellence in innovation. The finalist with the most votes will receive the KIRA People’s Choice Award.

  • Innovation Champion

    This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, company, or group who has demonstrated a commitment to creating, fostering, promoting and encouraging innovation (technological, social or economic) in any sector or industry in New Brunswick. This could be by promoting the idea of innovation, providing or creating an environment to foster innovation, or by creating a positive impact based on innovation in communities or the province overall.  

    When nominating an individual, company, or group to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

    - More than just dollars or hours donated, what is the impact your nominee has made in your community or in New Brunswick overall?

    -What is the impact of this individual, company, or group for your community? How would the community be different without their efforts?

    Nominate
  • Most Innovative Start-up

    From a great idea to thinking outside the box, in technical or managerial terms, this award recognizes a company in business less than two years with something fresh to say in the marketplace or using an innovative approach to addressing an old problem.  Companies using innovation to impact any sector or industry positively are eligible to be nominated.

    When nominating a company to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

    - What was the new idea, innovative concept, product or service that launched the company? How has the company grown from start-up until now, and what are its growth expectations over the next 24 months?

    - Has the company been successful to date in attracting investment and if so, what was the nature of investment (e.g., venture capital, federal funding, etc.)?

    Nominate
  • Most Innovative Product or Service

    This award recognizes a successful launch of an innovative product or service by a private sector company over the past 12 months.  Products or services could still be at the development stage, however there must be some measure of success either identified or established.   Companies investing in research and development of new technologies and innovations are also eligible in this category.  Innovative products or services impacting any sector or industry are eligible to be nominated.

    When nominating a company to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

    - What innovative new product or service is being nominated and explain how unique is the product/service? How is it different or better than existing products/services?

    - What problem(s) have been or will be solved as a result? Did the product/service meet an unmet need and what is the market potential for this product or service – both within and outside NB?

    Nominate
  • Innovation through Technology

    Industries, businesses, governments, not-for-profits, social enterprises – all are touched and influenced by technology these days.   From research and development of new products or services, to new approaches toward the delivery of existing products or services, to citizen, customer and stakeholder engagement, this award recognizes a company or organization for the application of new technologies or a new application of existing technologies to support growth of your company or organization in any sector or industry.  Consider the following:

    - Regardless of the technology (e.g. social networking, “big” data, analytics, mobile, cloud, etc.), how was it used to provide the desired outcome?

    - What has this innovation meant for the company or organization and its customers or stakeholders?

    - Why should this product or service be recognized with a KIRA Award?

    Nominate
  • Economic Impact through Innovation

    Innovation is the foundation of our growing economy. This award recognizes a company or organization that has demonstrated sustained economic impact in New Brunswick driven by innovation resulting from employment growth over time. In this specific case, the time period in question is the preceding two years. Companies or organizations in any sector or industry are eligible to be nominated.

    When nominating a company or organization to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

    - Describe the company and or organizations’ primary business activities, services or products and the role innovation played in building and sustaining employment growth.

    - Provide background information describing what drove the growth resulting in employment growth, markets, services, competitive advantages, etc. to supporting the result.

    Nominate
  • Premier’s Award for Innovation (Private Sector)

    This award recognizes the adoption of an innovative new solution or approach for the delivery of a new or existing service over the past 12 months that has resulted in measurable impact for government services. Private organizations delivering services or solutions to the government of New Brunswick qualify for submissions. The innovation may also have been achieved through a partnership between the public and private or academic sectors. 

    When nominating a private enterprise to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

    - Describe the solution or initiative being nominated and what problem(s) have been solved as a result of the implementation of this solution or approach?

    - What is the potential for the application of this solution or approach outside of the implementing organization (i.e. municipality, department, university, province, etc.)?

    Nominate
  • Premier’s Award for Innovation (Public Sector)

    This award recognizes the adoption of an innovative new solution or approach for the delivery of a new or existing service over the past 12 months that has resulted in measurable impact for government services.  Public institutions including government departments, municipalities, universities and community colleges are eligible to apply. The innovation may also have been achieved through a partnership between the public and private or academic sectors. 

    When nominating a public institution to be recognized with this KIRA Award, consider the following:

    - Describe the solution or initiative being nominated and what problem(s) have been solved as a result of the implementation of this solution or approach?

    - What is the potential for the application of this solution or approach outside of the implementing organization (i.e. municipality, department, university, province, etc.)?

    Nominate

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.