Innovation and Entrepreneurship Thriving in NB: KIRA Finalists Announced

This Isn’t Your Father’s KIRA Awards

Fredericton, N.B. - – Like business in general, the KIRA Awards is shaking things up. This years finalists are indeed different than most would expect. Expanding its focus beyond the Knowledge Industry, the KIRA Awards are focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship in New Brunswick.

“In business we know that “knowledge” is a fundamental component of how we operate,” stated Heather MacLean, 2016 KIRA Awards Co-chair. “As the KIRA Awards mature, it only make sense for us to recognize that we need to celebrate innovation and all that it brings to our province, region and country as a whole. We are fortunate to have tremendous world class talent right here at home.”

And the KIRA Finalists are:

Most Promising Start-up:

  • Eigen Innovations
  • Gemba Software Solutions
  • SimpTek Technologies

Economic Impact:

  • Groupe Savoie
  • IBM
  • The Learning Bar

Innovative New Product or Service:

  • Mycodev
  • Resson Aerospace
  • Thermal Wood Canada

Industry Champion:

  • Dr. Ali Ghorbani
  • Dr. Dhirendra Shukla
  • Keith McIntosh

Premier's Innovation Award - Private

  • Malley Industries
  • Smart Grid Innovation Network - SGIN
  • Velante

Premier's Innovation Award - Public

  • Cities of Saint John, Fredericton, and Moncton, Service NB, Department of Public Safety, and Ambulance NB
  • Horizon Health Network - NB Telestroke
  • New Brunswick Cancer Network - Cancer Screening Integrated Information System

“For the second year in a row, we are partnering with the Province of New Brunswick to be a part of the Premier’s Innovation Week,” stated Lori MacMullen 2016 Co-Chair. “We also would like to thank our many partners and our host, Knowledge Park. And without the support of our sponsors, this event, run by volunteers would not be possible”

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