Governor General to honour excellence in innovation during Canadian Innovation Week

OTTAWA, Ontario—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, will recognize the outstanding contributions of Canada’s top innovators during the Governor General’s Innovation Awards at Rideau Hall. This honours ceremony will take place during Canadian Innovation Week, which runs from May 13 to 17, 2024.

The Governor General’s Innovation Awards celebrate excellence in innovation across all sectors of Canadian society and inspire Canadians, particularly Canadian youth, to be entrepreneurial innovators. The awards are given to individuals, teams and/or organizations whose innovations are:

  • Truly exceptional
  • Transformative; and
  • Positive in their impact on quality of life in Canada.  

The awards, which are administered by the Rideau Hall Foundation, are not intended to recognize lifetime achievement or innovations that have not yet demonstrated impact. Rather, by recognizing active, current innovators across the breadth of our economy and society, the awards help foster an active culture that celebrates innovation.

The 2024 laureates have transformed a wide variety of fields, from food safety and clean energy, to assistive technology for people with disabilities.

List of laureates attending the May 14 ceremony

Date:               Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Time:              11:00 a.m.
Location:       Rideau Hall Ballroom

Notes for media:

  • To guarantee your access to the ceremony, we ask that you please confirm your attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office at
  • Media are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:30 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.
  • Official photos of the ceremony will be made available upon request.

Related Content:
Learn more about The Governor General’s Innovation Awards
Learn more about Canadian Innovation Week

Media information:
Rideau Hall Press Office

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