January 12, 2017

Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Nominations Now Open: Submit today and datebook the CATA Gala

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.

Read More on Sara Kirke in this study by Robert W. Sexty, Faculty of Business Administration and Suzanne Sexty, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Nomination Criteria

The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented annually at the CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala, May 17, 2017 at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, River Atrium Conference Room, in Ottawa, Ontario.

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 will also be taken into account.

The Call for Nominations for 2017 is now open!

Please submit your nominations on line no later than April 7, 2017 by downloading the nomination form http://cata.ca/files/PDF/awards/sarakirkeaward_nominationform2017.doc and submittng to Cathi Malette cmalette@cata.ca