Gold Leaf Awards

As a celebration of Canadian innovation, BIOTECanada's Gold Leaf Awards program is your opportunity to recognize both companies and individuals who have made significant achievements to our industry. 

Launched in 2001, these prestigious awards are given annually by Canada’s national biotechnology industry association.  


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 of the Year (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.

Public Service Pioneer

Individuals or organizations eligible for this Honourary Gold Leaf Awards include government officials, institutions, academic leaders, elected officials and civic leaders. Honourary distinctions are awarded to individuals or organizations in recognition of distinguished public service and early adoption of ground breaking contributions in support of the Canadian biotech industry. 

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