Second annual Canadian Innovation Week includes finals of new Pitch@Palace Canada 1.0 program
OTTAWA, May 14, 2018— Building on the success of the first annual Canadian Innovation Week, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) is pleased to announce Canadian Innovation Week 2019 (May 21-31, 2019). Canadian Innovation Week connects, cultivates and celebrates innovation in Canada through a variety of events from across the country, hosted by RHF and partners in the innovation ecosystem.
“Canadian Innovation Week offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase and celebrate all the incredible innovators across the country,” said the Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada and Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation. “We know from our recently released Canada’s Culture of Innovation Index that exposure to innovation, especially for the younger generations, is critical to nurturing curiosity, and that in turn helps strengthen a culture of innovation in our country.”
This year, RHF is celebrating innovation with partners and Canadians at five key events during Canadian Innovation Week:
- Government of Canada Innovation Fair – May 22, Ottawa, ON
- Pitch@Palace Canada 1.0 Bootcamp and Final – May 27-28, Toronto, ON
- Governor General’s Innovation Awards – May 29, Ottawa, ON
- Youth Innovation Day – May 30, Waterloo, ON (in partnership with Junior Achievement Canada)
- BC Youth Innovation Academy – May 31, Surrey, BC (in partnership with PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs)
These events appear on an “Innovation Map” on CanadianInnovationSpace.ca, along with many other innovative projects and events taking place across the country. Organizations are encouraged to register their own events and discover events happening their communities. In addition, a new feature allows students to submit innovation projects so the Map acts as a year-round ‘virtual showcase’ for the innovations coming from Canada’s next generation.
“We look forward to celebrating innovation in Canada and discovering new innovations that inspire future generations,” said Barbara Gibbon, Director, Innovation, Rideau Hall Foundation.
About the Rideau Hall Foundation
The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) is a registered national charity that brings together ideas, people and resources to enhance the impact of the Office of Governor General as a central institution of Canadian democracy. Working towards a better Canada, the RHF celebrates what is best about Canada while working with partners to meaningfully improve lives and foster the conditions for more Canadians to succeed and thrive. The RHF’s work spans four key programmatic areas and challenges for Canada, including: (1) learning initiatives that strive for excellence and promote equality of opportunity; (2) strengthening Canada’s culture of innovation, (3) widening the circle of giving and volunteering; and (4) building and celebrating excellence in Canadian leadership, and increasing public awareness about and commitment to Canada’s multi-faceted democracy.
Canadian Innovation Week is powered by the Rideau Hall Foundation and made possible thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada, Thomson Reuters, Power Corporation of Canada, BDC, Deloitte and Blackberry.
For more information, please contact:
Rideau Hall Foundation