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They are, simply, An Innovator: talented people across various key sectors in the Canadian economy and society who not only have great ideas but who also help turn those ideas into reality through their actions. They get the job done with impact.

In this series/competition, we seek to highlight these people, many of whom are not famous but who nonetheless have had a significant and measureable influence on not only their industry, field or discipline but have in some demonstrable way changed the lives of Canadians for the better.

Their peers, colleagues, clients, associates, friends and family recognize them as people who have ideas and the ability to turn those ideas into something tangible, whether it's a business, a product, a theory, a policy, a service, a model, productivity, competitive edge or a positive disruptive change.

Who are they? YOU tell us - and our talented panel of judges will select the top 12 Canadian Innovators.


An individual who, through their vision, leadership and action, has measurably influenced their respective areas of (1) Natural Resources, (2) Manufacturing and Retail, (3) Finance and Professional Services, (4) Science and Technology, (5) Public Sector and Academia, or (6) Health.

  • Nominees must be a living Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, residing either in Canada or internationally.
  • Must have had a demonstrable achievement that has positively impacted or influenced others in the areas of (1) Natural Resources, (2) Manufacturing and Retail, (3) Finance and Professional Services, (4) Science and Technology, (5) Public Sector and Academia, or (6) Health.
  • The work and impact of nominees can either have taken place in Canada or internationally.

  1. Natural Resources:
  2. Manufacturing and Retail:
  3. Finance and Professional Services:
  4. Science and Technology:
  5. Public Sector and Academia:
  6. Health:


The required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).

The Nominator

* First Name
* Last Name
* Email

The Nominee

* First Name
* Last Name
* Business Email
Business Phone
* Area of Influence
Business Twitter
Business LinkedIn
Business Website

* Why are you nominating this person as an Innovator? (500 char max)

* I confirm I have read and accept the Competition Rules and the Privacy Policy
* I authorize the use of my name and comments, as Nominator, to be posted on the Innovators At Work website
Yes, I would like to receive ongoing information regarding the Innovators At Work or other offers from The Globe and Mail

Nominations close at 11:59pm on August 15, 2014


Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 15, 2014. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry and ballot will be the computer servers of The Globe and Mail.

Nominees must be a living Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, residing either in Canada or internationally. All materials submitted become the property of The Globe and Mail and will not be returned.

Upon request of The Globe and Mail, the Nominator and/or Nominee must provide The Globe and Mail with proof of their identity and qualifications as a Nominator and/or Nominee. The Globe and Mail may disqualify any Nominee where such proof is not provided upon request.

Qualified Nominees will be contacted by The Globe and Mail to obtain their permission to post their name, Nominator description, photos and/or videos to The Globe and Mail website.

Nominees may be featured in a related story on any property of The Globe and Mail (print, digital, electronic, mobile and social media) throughout the course of the nomination process as it pertains to Innovators at Work program. The Globe and Mail will obtain consent prior to publication.

Twelve winners will be chosen from the qualified Nominees by the panel of judges who will base their decisions on those Nominees who best meet the criteria outlined above and reflect the definition of an Innovator within one of the six categories. Judging is at the sole and absolute discretion of the judges, without right of appeal.

Winners will be chosen, notified and interviewed within a week of final judging. The winners will be contacted by The Globe and Mail to arrange for an interview, which may include photo and video, and may be published or posted on any property of The Globe and Mail (print, digital, electronic, mobile and social media). Each of the twelve winners will be featured in The Globe and Mail newspaper, corresponding website page and other properties of The Globe and Mail.

Upon the request of The Globe and Mail, Nominator and/or Nominee agree to obtain in writing any intellectual property licences, assignments, waivers, consents and releases as required. Nominator and/or Nominee affirm that any photos or videos submitted by Nominator and/or Nominee do not infringe or violate any intellectual property rights including copyrights and trade-marks, proprietary rights, privacy or publicity rights, or any other rights of any kind whatsoever including any federal, provincial or municipal laws.

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