2017 Marks a Record Breaking Year for Nominations as KIRA Awards Finalists Announced

With less than a month left before the 18th Annual KIRA Awards, it’s clear that New Brunswick’s innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is stronger than ever. A record 118 nominations were submitted this year for the Awards’ seven categories. The finalists in each category are diverse, unique and proudly New Brunswick.

The Awards will be presented on the 4th of May at the Fredericton Convention Centre. Tickets are now on sale at www.kiraawards.com.


And the finalists are:


Economic Impact through Innovation:

Bulletproof Solutions

Construction Navale Atlantique

LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.


Innovation Champion:

Budworm Tracker (Canadian Forest Service)

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, UNB

Succession Connect/Fredericton Chamber of Commerce


Innovation through Technology:

ADI Systems

EhEye Inc.

SimpTck Technologies Inc.


Most Innovative Product or Service:

Amiko Electrical/PLC Control System & Consulting Inc.

Lizotte Machine Vision

Soricimed Biopharma Inc.


Most Innovative Start-up:

Chinova Bioworks

EhEye Inc.

Kognitiv Spark Inc.


Premier’s Award for Innovation – Private Sector (Organizations Supporting/Promoting Work in Private Sector):

CyberNB/International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA)

Northern Hardwoods Research Institute Inc.

Research & Productivity Council


Premier’s Award for Innovation – Public Sector (Public Sector Organizations Excelling in Government Service Innovation):


Integrated Service Delivery for Children and Youth

NBDTI Design Branch & UNB Civil Engineering Dept.


“The KIRA Awards celebrate excellence in technological, social and economic innovation across all sectors and industries in New Brunswick,” stated Heather MacLean, KIRA Awards Co-Chair. “The awards recognize 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.”

“New Brunswick’s public and private sector have always been strong innovators,” stated Lori MacMullen, KIRA Awards, Co-Chair. “We are often so modest that we don’t recognize just how much talent and innovation emerges from New Brunswick. From Canada’s first English speaking university, the first chocolate bar, the first snow blower, the invention of thermal window panes, and invention of Radian6, to the organizations that the KIRAs are recognizing this year and every year, New Brunswickers are innovative”. 

About the KIRAs: Hosted by the Knowledge Park, the KIRA Awards is a provincial awards initiative driven by private-sector to recognize and celebrate Knowledge and Innovation achievement in New Brunswick.  This is the 18th Annual Awards.  Visit www.kirawards.com for more information.