Thursday May 3, 2018

Hosted By:

Knowledge Park

Funding Partners

Opportunities NB Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Province of New Brunswick

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Bell Aliant EY McInnes Cooper UNB

Silver Sponsors

BDC Crowne Plaza Fredericton NB Power Oracle

Friends of KIRA

Bulletproof Remsoft itacit roc CGI

Event Info

Join us as we celebrate a milestone 20 years of KIRA and innovation in New Brunswick.


Thursday, May 3rd

Fredericton Convention Centre

Reception: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Dinner & Awards: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

After Party: 9:30pm

Thursday May 3, 2018

Fredericton Convention Centre

Emcee: Cory Hartlen


Cory’s no stranger to the New Brunswick tech scene with over 10 years of experience in technology marketing and business development. In fact, you may know him best as the social media guru guy from Radian6 and Sprinklr.
But did you know he’s funny too? Cory spent 10 years in the hospitality business managing bars and restaurants then started his own stand-up comedy career and toured around Canada. We’re pleased to have this homegrown talent as our emcee for this year’s event.


The KIRA Awards is completely led by industry volunteers using ticket sales and sponsorship to cover the costs of the event.

Tickets for the KIRA gala are $140 per person (+HST) or $1,120 per table of 8 (+HST).


Thursday May 3, 2018

Fredericton Convention Centre

2018 Winners

Innovation Champion



Most Innovative Start-up



Most Innovative Product or Service

Blue Roof Distillers

Blue Roof Distillers

Premier’s Award for Innovation

Government of New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick
  • Innovation Champion


  • Most Innovative Start-up


  • Most Innovative Product or Service

    Blue Roof Distillers

  • Premier’s Award for Innovation

    Government of New Brunswick

About the KIRAs

What are the KIRAs? (Knowledge and Innovation Recognition Awards)

The KIRAs celebrates excellence in technological, social and economic innovation across all sectors and industries in New Brunswick. The awards recognise companies, organizations, and individuals in New Brunswick for their role in the development and / or application of innovative products, processes, services, technologies, or business models. KIRA seeks to encourage and foster a culture of knowledge and innovation in New Brunswick. Created in 1998 as a means to recognize the knowledge industry in Fredericton, the event has broadened its scope to showcase and honour innovation in all sectors and industries across New Brunswick.                      

How do we define innovation?

Innovation is defined as the “implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organizational method in business practices, workplace organization or external relations” (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Ministerial report on the OECD Innovation Strategy)

How is KIRA provincial in scope?

  • - KIRA recognises innovation happens everywhere in our province, helping to build a New Brunswick ecosystem that supports access to ideas, people and capital.
  • - KIRA’s reach is provincial – from its nominees and awards winners, sponsors and event attendees, financial support from the Province of New Brunswick and its place in the provincial Innovation Week.
  • - KIRA aligns itself with the provincial and federal Innovation strategies and supports the ideas and objectives outlined by the under the Innovation pillar of the federal and provincial economic growth strategies.

KIRA first began as an idea in the winter of 1998 as a way of acknowledging the Knowledge Industry in Fredericton. KIRA stood for “Knowledge Industry Recognition and Achievement” Awards and was hosted by Enterprise Fredericton and the Knowledge Industry Task Force (KITF). For the first three years, it was a Fredericton area event. Support for the event was overwhelming – the organizing committee was able to secure enough sponsorship and in-kind contributions to make the event a success. The event was sold out each year.

Up until 2003, nomination categories were as follows:

  • - Export-Product
  • - Export-Service
  • - Technological Advancement/Innovation – Private Sector
  • - Employment Growth
  • - Most Promising Start-up
  • - Industry Person of the Year

In 2001, the KITF decided to take the event province wide. Many other knowledge industry-related events were taking place around the province and were considered “province-wide” yet hosted by one Enterprise group. For example, Saint John hosted IT Works and the Miramichi hosted LearnTec. The KITF knew that Knowledge Industry excellence was prevalent in other NB locations along with Fredericton.

As well, at the time the decision was made to go province-wide, it was decided that the acronym “KIRA” would become a trademark word rather than an acronym (much like the “Oscars”). The event is now known, in English and in French, as “KIRA”.

The event was well received as a provincial activity hosted by Enterprise Fredericton and located in Fredericton. Nominations come from across the province as do the award recipients. The event continues grow in popularity and to be sold out each year.

In 2003, KIRA celebrated its 5th anniversary. 2003 also saw the addition of a 7th award category – Technological Advancement/Innovation in the Public Sector.

That year, the new award category had a record number fourteen nominations and Service New Brunswick was the award recipient.

2013 marked the 15th Anniversary of the ever growing KIRA Awards.

Hosted by Knowledge Park, the 20th Annual KIRA Awards continues to be the industry event of the year.