Required Supporting Information
Nomination Form completely filled out including required signatures.
If there is more than one nominee, please indicate which is to be the contact nominee, if other than the first nominee listed.The same two nominators may act for each nominee. A nominator must not be related by immediate family to the nominee. Nominator(s) cannot be the spouse, parents, siblings, children or in-laws of the nominee.
The purpose of a nominator is for verification the nominee is a Canadian citizen, resident in Canada. The nominator himself should also be a Canadian citizen, resident in Canada. The nominator may, if desired, provide a letter of support for the nominee (to be included under "Endorsements").
A brief biographical sketch of the nominee including education, employment and other activities.
The biographical sketch, CV, must indicate the highest level of education achieved and should be restricted to three pages. Please do not include a list of publications, invited lectures, abstracts. etc.
A one-page summary, as well as a complete description of the innovation.
The one-page summary of the innovation should be written in layman's terms and provide a general explanation of the innovation.
The complete description of your innovation should include technical information that will be peer reviewed. Be sure to describe the intellectual achievement (the thought process, ingenious thinking and/or experiments to conceive the innovation) and what is unique and original about the innovation.
If the innovation is patented, provide a complete copy of the patent. If a patent has been applied for and has not been issued yet, include a complete copy of the patent application.
If there is more than one patent, provide a complete copy of the main patent and the front page showing the "summary description" of each subsequent patent.
Specific information on the development of the innovation
This should be a chronological listing of events leading up to the completion of the innovation. For example, you can state in point form how your innovation grew from an idea, to discussions, to initial drawings, development of a prototype, challenges/modifications, leading to a product or process that meets your expectations.
An outline of the successful commercialization and marketing results of the innovation
The commercial success should be described in annual revenue received from the product or process and a list of customers. For a product, list the number of units sold, where it is manufactured, how and where it is distributed, i.e., locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.
Similarly for a process, but note the number of facilities/plants using the process. The success of a social innovation may not be measurable in dollars, but more likely in terms of impact, broad acceptance and recognition which must be documented.
Please do not provide projected/forecasted sales or a copy of the business plan.
A statement indicating the nature of the resources used in conceiving, developing and applying or marketing the innovation
Please indicate how you funded the development of your innovation; if you obtained government grants (list dollar amounts), bank loans, public share offerings, family, friends, etc. Also, indicate if research facilities (list by name) or any technical experts were made available to you.
The details on the involvement of other individuals in conceiving, developing and applying or marketing the innovation
This section provides the opportunity for you to acknowledge the work and assistance of other individuals or companies who assisted you in your journey. This could be a spouse, family, friends, business partners, banking personnel, research teams, etc.
Endorsements from individuals qualified to comment on the success of the innovation
Statements from customers, suppliers, colleagues and other individuals that know the nominee and the innovation should be provided. As a suggestion, their letter can address or endorse the innovation based on the five criteria listed for scoring: Intellectual Achievement, Uniqueness and Originality, Development, Commercialization and Benefits.
A statement of the economic or social benefits to Canada, resulting from the successful commercialization
State how your innovation has had an impact, socially and/or economically on Canadian citizens, i.e., provided job opportunities, improving the health of Canadians or other social benefits, etc..
A sample of the product or a DVD illustrating its operation may provide a clearer understanding of the innovation
Such material shall be supplied at no cost to the Foundation and with the understanding that it will not be returned.
Any samples or visual material you are able to provide will assist the Selection Committee to more fully understand and appreciate your innovation.