2017 KIRA Winners

May 5, 2017

Media Release



New Brunswick Innovation Celebrated at the 19th KIRA Awards

May 4, 2017, Fredericton, New Brunswick - Tonight was not just the celebration of 19 years of a tremendously successful Awards, but it was another night of recognizing New Brunswick’s tremendous skills when it comes to Innovation in New Brunswick.  Five organizations and one individual walked away with the coveted KIRA Award.

“Living in an environment with an entrepreneurial and innovative culture just doesn’t happen!  It is fostered. (click to Tweet)  It is encouraged and it is supported by an entire community,” stated Heather MacLean, Co-Chair of the 18th Annual KIRA Awards.  “An asset of being located in New Brunswick results in access to the right talent and the right mentors at the right time.  We have tremendous talent located right here in the province and ensuring that we create the right environment is essential.  The KIRA Awards are a part of that environment.”

The Awards, created more than 19 years ago, have grown and evolved with time to be the premier event celebrating innovation.  Hosted by Knowledge Park, there are two committees that play an important role in the annual event.  The Judging Committee is a confidential group of industry professional selected by Knowledge Park and announced the night of the awards. The Steering Committee is composed completely of industry volunteers who work diligently behind the scenes to make it one of, if not the most, memorable Awards events in the province.  

And this year’s KIRA Awards Winners are:

Economic Impact through Innovation: Bulletproof

Most Promising Start-up:  EhEye Inc

Innovation through Technology: EhEye Inc

Innovation Champion: The Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Most Innovative Product or Service: Soricimed Biopharma Inc.

Premier’s Awards for Innovation - Private Sector: Northern Hardwoods Research Institute

Premier’s Awards for Innovation - Public Sector: Integrated Service Delivery for Children and Youth

And finally, the People’s Choice Award chosen by the attendees at the event was Bulletproof

“Each year approximately 500 industry professionals gather to not only recognize the great talents that we have in this province, but also to learn more about all the developments taking place,” stated KIRA Co-Chair Lori MacMullen.  “Our industry is so vibrant and dynamic that the KIRA Awards play a significant role in making connections and fostering collaboration. (click to Tweet) When you look at the talent that we have right here in New Brunswick, it is not hard to understand why we are having the successes we are in the global marketplace.  In some cases, we are setting the bar and everyone else is playing catch up!  Now that is success. ”