OTTAWA, May 16, 2018—As part of its commitment to strengthening Canada’s culture of innovation, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) proudly introduces the first annual Canadian Innovation Week (May 22-31). The week will bring together partners and stakeholders from the innovation ecosystem to connect, cultivate and celebrate Canadian innovation.

With an eye to inspiring the next generation, and making Canada the most innovative country in the world, the week shines a spotlight on innovation-related events and activities across the country. Engaging events throughout the week are anchored around the presentation of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards on May 23rd. Each year the awards commend the trailblazers and creators whose work has a transformative and positive impact on the quality of life in Canada.

“We, as a nation, need to work at fostering a culture of innovation that recognizes achievement and inspires the next generation,” said the Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada and Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation. “Canadian Innovation Week is an important initiative that does exactly that via a unique partnership platform for connecting, celebrating and cultivating innovation in Canada.”

The RHF invites Canadians to participate in the week by sharing their organization’s innovation stories, join events in their region, be a part of the #CanadianInnovationWeek conversation on social media, and more. Educators are encouraged to take advantage of free classroom resources designed for students in grades K-12. Up-to-date event listings and great tools can be found at

In today’s competitive and interconnected world, increasing productivity through the creation of new products and services, improving public sector performance, and building an inclusive, compassionate society will be the keys to Canada’s success.

“Canada is an innovation-led nation and that needs to be recognized. Canadians from all parts of the country are leading the way,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Our Innovation and Skills Plan is helping all Canadians on the path to success. Innovation Week is a chance to shine some light on our success in building one of the most innovative economies in the world.”

To coincide with Canadian Innovation Week, the RHF has launched Canadian Innovation Space, a digital, public platform offering resources, tools, and events that will keep innovation top-of-mind year-round. Discover more at


About Rideau Hall Foundation

The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) is a uniquely Canadian charitable organization established by the Right Honourable David Johnston during his mandate as Governor General of Canada. The RHF amplifies the values of the Office of the Governor General and mobilizes people + ideas for the benefit of Canada and the world. Signature programs fall within four priority areas of focus for the country: the culture of innovation; equity of learning opportunities; fostering of leadership; and the promotion of giving and volunteerism.

Canadian Innovation Week is powered by the Rideau Hall Foundation and made possible thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada, Thomson Reuters, Power Corporation of Canada, BDC, The Globe and Mail, and Facebook.


For more information, please contact:

Mélanie Béchard
Communications Officer
Rideau Hall Foundation

Brooke Anderson
Account Manager, Corporate