by Governor General's Innovation Awards
Sep 20, 2016
Charles Deguire, CEO and co-founder of Kinova - Boisbriand, Québec
Charles Deguire, CEO and co-founder of Kinova – Boisbriand, Québec

2016 Governor General’s Innovation Awards Winner

Charles Deguire is the CEO and co-founder of Kinova, a company he launched while earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Montréal’s école de technologie supérieure.

Kinova designs and manufactures simple, safe and sexy robotics platforms and components for a broad range of applications. Co-founded by Charles Deguire, the company helps people push beyond their physical limitations and offers a more efficient and safer work environment in industrial settings. Kinova’s sleek, energy-efficient robotic arms are lightweight, quiet, unobtrusive and weather-resistant. Since its launch in 2010, the JACO arm has offered more autonomy, control and range of motion, as well as improved mental well-being, to Canadians with upper-body mobility restrictions. He is the visionary who propelled Kinova to the height of the modern robotics revolution. Thanks to his efforts, the JACO robotic arm is greatly improving the quality of life of individuals with reduced mobility in a way that no other technology has to date. Today, Mr. Deguire is steering Kinova into service robotics to allow industry leaders to explore how robotic arm technology can be applied in a wide range of fields.

On May 18, 2016, Mr. Deguire was one of the first six individuals to receive the inaugural Governor General’s Innovation Awards.

Announced in June 2015, the Governor General’s Innovation Awards inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and to emulate innovative, entrepreneurial risk-takers who have developed new or better ways of creating value and who are having a meaningful impact on our quality of life. For more information, visit

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