OTTAWA (ON), April 26, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) announced the winners of the seventh annual Governor General’s Awards for Innovation (GGIA). These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding and transformational Canadian innovations that create positive impact in Canada and inspire the next generation of innovators.

The winners of the 2022 Governor General’s Innovation Awards are:

CarbonCure – Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies for the Concrete Industry

(M. Robert NivenMrs. Jennifer Wagnerdr. George (Sean) Monkmandr. Dean Blacksmith)

CarbonCure receives a Governor General’s Innovation Award for its work as a global leader in CO2 removal technologies – an essential climate solution for businesses and countries to meet their Net Zero goals. The captured CO2 is incorporated into the normal concrete production process, whereby it is permanently mineralized into the material to improve durability, material performance and economic benefits. Under the leadership of the CEO, Robert NivenCarbonCure has developed and deployed carbon removal technologies in hundreds of concrete plants around the world.

Nominated by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Lipid nanoparticles that activate COVID-19 mRNA vaccines

(dr. Pieter R. Cullisdr. Michael J. Hopedr. Thomas D. Madden)

The team of Peter Cullis, Michael Hope and Thomas Madden have been working together for about 40 years. They receive a Governor General’s Innovation Award for their work in developing lipid nanoparticle (LNP) systems to deliver anti-cancer drugs to tumors and to enable the therapeutic use of RNA and DNA-based drugs. Among other achievements, their work has resulted in the LNP systems that enable the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.

Nominated by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

ApplyBoard: Improving Global Access to Education

(M. Martin BasiriMr. Meti BasiriMr. Massi Basiri)

As the son of two educators, brothers Martin, Meti and Massi Basiri made it their mission to improve global access to education, and in just six years the brothers have grown their company into the world’s largest online international student recruitment platform, helping more than 300,000 students. Leveraging artificial intelligence, ApplyBoard’s technology helps students around the world access the best education by matching them to programs and institutions that match their unique backgrounds and interests. ApplyBoard Team Receives Governor General’s Innovation Award for Improving Global Access to Education; help foster internationalization, strengthen the diversity of student populations, and reduce long-standing barriers to traditional education by increasing visa approval and program acceptance rates.

Nominated by from Canada Technical network

Pirurvik Preschool – A place to grow

(Mrs. Tessa LochheadMs. Leah Kippomee, Ms. Jeeteeta Merkosak, Ms. Karen Nutarak)

Based in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet, Nunavut), Pirurvik Preschool receives a Governor General’s Innovation Award for its transformational early childhood education (ECE) initiative that combines Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Ways) and Inungnuinniq (traditional education for Inuit children) with Montessori methods. The model allows children to learn at their own pace, providing them with a positive, evidence-based first experience with a culturally relevant education, while supporting language revitalization with the active use of Inuktut in the classroom. ECE environment. Their model is successfully supported in other communities through Nunavut and is recognized in the circumpolar world.

Nominated for the Arctic Inspiration Prize

BrainBox AI: Autonomous AI technology for HVAC systems

(M. Jean-Simon VenneMr. Sean NelyMr. Sam Ramadori – BrainBox AI Team)

Jean-Simon Venne saw the need to improve energy use in commercial buildings. Under his leadership and vision, the BrainBox AI team is recognized for its use of artificial intelligence technology to optimize HVAC systems in real time, reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint, while improving the air quality. BrainBox AI impacts buildings in developed and developing countries on more than five continents, providing a scalable and impactful tool to address the equity, accessibility and affordability challenges the world faces in its fight against climate change.

Nominated by the Association for the Development of Research and Innovation of Quebec (ADRIQ)

Desired Sensation Level (DSL): The World’s First Pediatric Hearing Aid Prescription

(dr. Susan Scoliedr. Richard SeewaldMr. Steve Beaulacdr. Sheila Moodiedr. Marlene BagattoMr. Leonard Cornelissand M. Shane Moodie)

Led by dr. Susan Scoliethe team of researchers from the National Center for Audiology in Western University receive a Governor General’s Innovation Award for developing the world’s first pediatric hearing aid prescription software. Desired Sensation Level (DSL) software has helped clinicians around the world provide infants and children with access to sound by helping clinicians assess, treat, fit, and properly tune hearing aids to specific patient needs; improve hearing outcomes, while improving the long-term educational and social potential of patients born with permanent childhood hearing loss.

Nominated by Universities Canada

GGIA 2022 Selection and Evaluation Committees

The GGIA Selection and Assessment Committees are comprised of distinguished individuals chosen for their expertise and understanding of the Canadian innovation ecosystem.

GGIA 2022 Selection Committee:

  • Charles Deguire(Committee Chair), Co-Founder and CEO, Kinova Inc. and 2016 GGIA Winner
  • Kelly GillisDeputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities
  • John KnubleySenior Business Consultant, Former Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
  • Breanne EverettCEO and Co-Founder of Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc. and Kinetyx Sciences Inc., and 2016 GGIA Winner
  • John StackhouseSenior Vice President, Office of the CEO, RBC
  • Chief Perry Bellegardeformer National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

GGIA 2022 Evaluation Committee:

  • Fred Morley (Chair of the Committee), Founder and Chief Economist, Rising Tide Economics
  • David BrownCo-Founder and COO of Chinova Bioworks, Founder of the MYCODEV Group and 2017 GGIA Laureate
  • Robert LukePresident and CEO, eCampusOntario
  • Audra RenyiExecutive Director of the World Wide Hearing Foundation and 2017 GGIA Fellow
  • Gena Rotsteindirector and co-founder, Karma and Cents
  • Patricia FrancoisIndependent Consultant / Archives Coordinator, For the development of an archives complex on the territory of Akwesasne
  • Sandra PorterVP Marketing & Communications at Innovate BC

A virtual event celebrating the GGIA 2022 winners will take place on May 19, 2022 during Canadian Innovation Week (May 16 to 20).

Stay tuned for more on how to watch the ceremony.

About the Governor General’s Awards for Innovation

Launched in 2016, the Governor General’s Innovation Awards inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and emulate innovative, risk-taking entrepreneurs who have developed new or better ways to create value and impact significant to our quality of life.

The Awards are given to individuals, teams and/or organizations whose innovations are:

  • truly exceptional;
  • transformer; and,
  • positive in their impact on quality of life Canada.

Each year, up to six winners are selected through a two-stage merit-based selection process. For more information on rewards, visit

About the Rideau Hall Foundation

The Rideau Hall Foundation is an independent, non-political charitable organization created to mobilize ideas, people and resources across the country to tap into our national spirit and help realize our shared aspirations. The RHF works closely with many partners, including the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, to connect, honor and inspire Canadians in four key program areas, including:

(1) Learning initiatives that strive for excellence and promote equal opportunity;

(2) strengthen Canada’s culture of innovation;

(3) Widen the circle of giving and volunteering; and

(4) Develop and celebrate excellence in Canadian leadership, and increase public awareness and commitment to from Canada multifaceted democracy.

The RHF manages all aspects of the Governor General’s Awards for Innovation.

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