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

Emcee: Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram.


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.


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

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


Nominations are closed for 2017. Check back soon for finalists!

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.