Award
Award

Thursday May 5, 2016

Hosted By:

Knowledge Park

Funding Partners

Opportunities NB Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Platinum Sponsors

KIRA Presenting Platinum Sponsor

NBIF

NB Innovation Week Fredericton Platinum Partners

Innovation & Business Day

Blue Spurs

Gold Sponsors

Siemens Stewart McKelvey Lawyers Bell Aliant University of New Brunswick

Silver Sponsors

Crowne Plaza Oracle Signature Sound

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 5, 2016 at the Fredericton Convention Centre!

Thursday May 5, 2016

Fredericton Convention Centre

Emcee: Darrin Rose

Emcee

Darrin Rose is one of Canada’s most popular comedians. The host of Match Game on the Comedy Network, Darrin is also known as Bill the bartender on the CBC sitcom Mr. D, and he has appeared twice on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. He has been called “one of the hottest comedians in Canada” by GQ magazine.

Darrin Rose is one of Canada’s most popular comedians. The host of Match Game on the Comedy Network, Darrin is also known as Bill the bartender on the CBC sitcom Mr. D, and he has appeared twice on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. He has been called “one of the hottest comedians in Canada” by GQ magazine.

Darrin has appeared six times at the Just For Laughs festival, and won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Performance for his appearance on Just for Laughs in 2014. His half hour stand-up special, broadcast on CTV, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Variety or Comedy Series. His one man show, What’s Potpourri?, was selected Best of the Fest at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. He tours internationally as a stand-up comedian, including at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, across the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

Before he started in comedy, Darrin started and ran a software company, which grew to fourteen employees and raised $1.6 million in venture capital funding. That money’s gone now, which is why he’s doing comedy.

In 2016, he was nominated for a second Canadian Screen Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role on Mr. D, the hit CBC sitcom recently renewed for a sixth season. He was a regular on MuchMusic’s hit show Video On Trial. He has contributed humour articles to the National Post, and won a Canadian Screenwriting Award for the cartoon Scaredy Squirrel in 2012.

He is a regular at the Comedy & Magic Club in Los Angeles, where he lives.

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 $125 per person (+HST) or $1,000 per table of 8 (+HST).

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

Thursday May 5, 2016

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

2016 Winners

Industry Champion

Keith McIntosh

Keith McIntosh PQA Testing is the Canadian leader in quality assurance and software testing services. Founder, Co-CEO and President Keith McIntosh, recently launched PLATO Testing, a partner to PQA Testing, with a focus on bringing training and employment in software testing to Aboriginal people across Canada. Because of PQA, Keith has been able to support and mentor groups such as SQDG, yvrTesting, nbQ, Launch36, 21inc, Wallace McCain Institute and Pond Deshpande Centre.

Most Promising Start-Up

Eigen Innovations

Eigen Innovations Eigen provides video and sensor data analytics for process control and quality assurance applications in industrial manufacturing. Their solution combines data from traditional factory floor operational technology with advanced cloud-based data analysis to unlock significant process and operational efficiency for manufacturers.

Innovative New Product or Service (Private Sector)

Mycodev

Mycodev Mycodev Group Inc. is changing the way chitosan is produced. Through an innovative fermentation process we provide the highest quality chitosan with the benefit of being a non-animal, renewable, source. Chitosan is very versatile in medical and pharmaceutical applications. Our ability to customize and scale our chitosan to our market’s needs enables a world of life improving opportunities.

Economic Impact through Employment Growth

Groupe Savoie

Groupe Savoie Founded in 1978, Groupe Savoie is a leading producer of a wide range of top-quality hardwood products, including pallets and pallet components, cabinet and furniture components, hardwood lumber, tone wood components, ecological fuels, wood chips, and more. Groupe Savoie’s vision is to be a company recognized for adding the maximum value to available forest resources.

Premier’s Innovation Award (Public Sector)

Horizon Health Network - NB Telestroke

Horizon Health Network - NB Telestroke New Brunswick Telestroke is a province-wide system for delivering evidence-based acute stroke care and thrombolytic therapy (TPA) using state-of-the-art telehealth technology. It allows a stroke specialist to examine a stroke patient in real time, regardless of where the patient or specialist is in the province. Horizon Health Network, in partnership with Vitalité Health Network and the Government of NB, helped to create and implement this initiative.

Premier’s Innovation Award (Private Sector)

Malley Industries

Malley Industries Established in 1979, Malley Industries provides specialized vehicle and product design solutions for ambulances and emergency response vehicles, commercial fleet modifications and wheelchair accessible conversions. Their manufacturing capabilities also include design, engineering and production of specialized plastics solutions and delivery of finished products for the aerospace, defense, security, automotive and food sectors.
  • Industry Champion

    Keith McIntosh

    PQA Testing is the Canadian leader in quality assurance and software testing services. Founder, Co-CEO and President Keith McIntosh, recently launched PLATO Testing, a partner to PQA Testing, with a focus on bringing training and employment in software testing to Aboriginal people across Canada. Because of PQA, Keith has been able to support and mentor groups such as SQDG, yvrTesting, nbQ, Launch36, 21inc, Wallace McCain Institute and Pond Deshpande Centre.
  • Most Promising Start-Up

    Eigen Innovations

    Eigen provides video and sensor data analytics for process control and quality assurance applications in industrial manufacturing. Their solution combines data from traditional factory floor operational technology with advanced cloud-based data analysis to unlock significant process and operational efficiency for manufacturers.
  • Innovative New Product or Service (Private Sector)

    Mycodev

    Mycodev Group Inc. is changing the way chitosan is produced. Through an innovative fermentation process we provide the highest quality chitosan with the benefit of being a non-animal, renewable, source. Chitosan is very versatile in medical and pharmaceutical applications. Our ability to customize and scale our chitosan to our market’s needs enables a world of life improving opportunities.
  • Economic Impact through Employment Growth

    Groupe Savoie

    Founded in 1978, Groupe Savoie is a leading producer of a wide range of top-quality hardwood products, including pallets and pallet components, cabinet and furniture components, hardwood lumber, tone wood components, ecological fuels, wood chips, and more. Groupe Savoie’s vision is to be a company recognized for adding the maximum value to available forest resources.
  • Premier’s Innovation Award (Public Sector)

    Horizon Health Network - NB Telestroke

    New Brunswick Telestroke is a province-wide system for delivering evidence-based acute stroke care and thrombolytic therapy (TPA) using state-of-the-art telehealth technology. It allows a stroke specialist to examine a stroke patient in real time, regardless of where the patient or specialist is in the province. Horizon Health Network, in partnership with Vitalité Health Network and the Government of NB, helped to create and implement this initiative.
  • Premier’s Innovation Award (Private Sector)

    Malley Industries

    Established in 1979, Malley Industries provides specialized vehicle and product design solutions for ambulances and emergency response vehicles, commercial fleet modifications and wheelchair accessible conversions. Their manufacturing capabilities also include design, engineering and production of specialized plastics solutions and delivery of finished products for the aerospace, defense, security, automotive and food sectors.

About the KIRAs

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 18th Annual KIRA Awards continues to be the industry event of the year.