Gold Leaf Awards

BIOTECanada announces winners of the prestigious 2015 Gold Leaf Awards, which recognize biotechnology excellence. Launched in 2001, the Gold Leaf awards are given annually to recognize both companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the biotech industry in Canada. The Awards’ importance to the recipients and the industry more broadly has grown significantly over the years.

The remarkable individuals and companies we recognize through the Gold Leaf Awards are great examples of the core strengths of Canada’s biotech ecosystem.

Importantly, Canada’s global biotech success is founded in its ability to advance scientific innovation by leveraging a diverse and vibrant ecosystem comprised of individuals, companies and institutions located in every province across the country. It is this strength that establishes Canada’s biotech industry as a leader in developing the solutions that will help address the global social and economic challenges emerging from population growth and a changing climate.


Visionary Leadership

Highlighting a person who has shown consistent growth, contributing the success of the biotech community through long-term sustainability. This leader has taken their passion for improving health care in Canada and had an impact on the patient community. This visionary has challenged the status quo, broken down barriers, and re-written the rules for their biotech business. Their dedication and everyday actions are leading the biotech revolution. Respected by people inside and outside their organizations, these individuals are viewed as true innovators.

Biotech Company of the Year

This award recognizes a Canadian biotech company that has distinguished itself from its peers with strong overall performance as a company, demonstrated leadership and shown significant achievement. It will have reached milestones in terms of financing, product introduction, and / or partnerships during the year that has allowed the company to be recognized as a leader. The company will have established a solid foundation for a strong and diverse pipeline, and impressive potential for sales and earnings. This award is based on performance in the previous calendar year.

Emerging Company  (1 Health, 1 Agriculture/Industrial)

The industry is discovering solutions to the world’s pressing challenges. This category will recognize small and midsized pre-commercial companies who have distinguished themselves from the competition with demonstrated effort. Through technology advances and business milestones, these companies will have contributed to the Canadian biotech landscape.

Community Leadership  (1 multinational, 1 Canadian)

Recognizing a company has distinguished itself through its contributions to Canadian communities beyond their respective business and economic impact. The company demonstrates leadership through involvement in local, regional or national efforts, showing significant contributions to organizations, schools, and events. These companies have established solid foundations of social responsibility.

Emerging Leader in Biotechnology Research

Recognizing the exceptional leadership and incredible energy being catalyzed throughout Canadian Universities and research labs. This award is geared to an emerging researcher under 30 years of age. This award is designed to engage creativity and enhance opportunity. Research is the foundation for the solutions the industry is developing.

BIOTECanada appreciates the small group of industry leaders, from throughout the industry ecosystem, who served on the Advisory Panel for the Awards. The panel was instrumental in updating competition categories, developing selection criteria and nominating credentials.