The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to the woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women.

Sara Kirke is considered by many to be North America's first entrepreneur. Sara Kirke arrived in Newfoundland in 1638 with her husband David Kirke, who was soon recalled to England. Sara, however, continued to reside in Avalon, and conducted business as usual from the Pool Plantation. Lady Kirke was a remarkable individual as she managed affairs at the Pool Plantation and became one of the most successful merchants on the English Shore -- and was almost certainly North America's first and foremost woman entrepreneur.

Nomination Criteria

The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented annually to the woman who has demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills, resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or services.

The selection is based on a written resume of the nominee's accomplishments and the selection criteria include:

    • Innovation
    • Corporate Leadership
    • Recognized Achievements in Area of Expertise
    • Community Involvement and Mentorship
    • Contributions to achieving a more competitive investment climate in Canada

      CanWIT is pleased to announce the  Sara Kirke Award for 2011 was awarded to Janet Longmore, President and CEO, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT). The 2012 winner will be announced at the 27th Annual Canadian Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala May 30, 2012, at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Ontario.

      The Call for Nominations for 2012 is now open for members of CanWIT.  Nominators must doc download, complete and deliver a nomination form to the attention of Cathi Malette by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mail at 207 Bank St, Suite 416
      Ottawa, ON, K2P 2N2. Applications must be received by April 20, 2012.