We are excited to be part of the Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala, hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce on June 27, 2019. This annual event recognizes the achievements of exceptional individuals and businesses in the Guelph community.

Find out more about the Innovation Guelph Awards and this year’s amazing nominees below:

2019 Innovation Guelph Award for Exceptional Small to Medium-Sized (SME) of the Year

This Award recognizes some of Innovation Guelph’s high-potential clients who are making a big difference in the world.  Awarded annually, the Innovation Guelph SME of The Year Award celebrates businesses based on the following principles:

  • Progress in past year (revenue growth, new hires, new markets, new product development)
  • Track record of strategic innovation and successful execution
  • Impact on community and/or global reach
  • Coachability of CEO & Executive Team
  • Proactive use of Innovation Guelph’s programs and services for entrepreneurs

Together, we celebrate the following nominees for their success, growth and contribution to the Region and beyond.

Our 2019 SME Nominee Semi-Finalists

ArtMed is a women-owned, family-operated medical aesthetics business established in Guelph in 2014. This physician directed, industry-leading non-invasive cosmetic medicine centre provides a full and comprehensive range of treatment options, clinical and technological expertise and exemplary levels of customer service.  It is their aim to achieve and maintain excellent treatment outcomes that are artistic and natural.  The highest ethical and professional standards in addition to social and environmental awareness are central to their values.

KPM Power

To help solve their customers’ toughest technical sourcing challenges, KPM Power launched as a cleantech energy company offering customized battery solutions, global supply chain services, UL certification and design for manufacturing.

Led by founder and president Karen Lai, P.Eng., a mechanical engineer with strong electrical hardware experience specializing in lithium ion batteries, telematics, HVAC and other industrial robotic solutions, the company has been helping companies of all sizes solve technical sourcing challenges and successfully launch products to fulfill their growth potential.

UTComp is a global leader in Composite Asset Intelligence, offering a full spectrum of composite engineering and inspection services. Since 2008, they have been dedicated to improving the performance and safety of equipment made of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) and other composite materials. Their non-destructive, non-intrusive technology provides data for proactive service-life forecasting while keeping operations running and workers safe.

UTComp serves leading clients around the world in the chemical processing, mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, food processing, amusement park and other industries. With two patents and a new in-line quality control inspection system for composite manufacturers, UTComp is continuously evolving and advancing the composite industry.

Innovation Guelph Award for Exceptional Startup of the Year

This Award recognizes some of Innovation Guelph’s exciting start-up clients. These companies have high future potential and are poised to make a big difference in the world around us.  Awarded annually, the Innovation Guelph Startup of The Year Award celebrates businesses based on the following principles:

  • Progress in past year (revenue growth, new hires, product development, customer or market validation, investment and/or funding secured)
  • High future potential
  • Ability to execute
  • Coachability of founder(s)
  • Proactive use of Innovation Guelph’s programs and services for entrepreneurs

Together, we celebrate the following nominees for their success, growth and future potential.

Our 2019 Startup Nominee Semi-Finalists

Fixed Gear Brewing Co. was founded by Michael Oosterveld to fulfill his desire to live and work in the community of Guelph, while exercising his entrepreneurial spirit. After a successful career in the Corporate Automotive Industry, Mike opened the doors to Fixed Gear Brewing last fall. Located in the heart of the emerging Guelph Junction neighbourhood, success was evident early on when they were routinely selling out of their most popular beers via the onsite tap room and beer store. With this success, came a whole new set of problems – in the form of expansion – so only a few months later, Fixed Gear acquired the former Stonehammer brewing facility for additional production and hasn’t looked back.

Rillea Technologies is an Ontario-based company providing cloud solutions for organizations interested in proactive chemicals management. Its platform, SDS RiskAssist™, digitizes WHMIS 2015 safety data sheets and reorganizes the data using algorithms developed by experts with over 60 years experience in chemical safety. The platform instantly prioritizes chemical hazards so that busy safety managers can assess and build clear one-page summaries for managing high and medium-risk chemicals. Employees can access these work instructions via mobile or desktop devices as often as needed, from anywhere in the world. SDS RiskAssist™ has been the recipient of the 2018 Readers’s Choice Awards by Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine and has been nominated again in 2019.

Veriphy Skincare is a high-performance skincare line Powered by Nature and Backed by Science. Veriphy harnesses the power of PhytoSpherix™ (phytoglycogen), a breakthrough material extracted from plants that delivers impactful clinical results. This natural ingredient replaces synthetic and animal-derived alternatives while delivering superior performance and aesthetics. Canadian-made and cruelty-free, Veriphy is a natural beauty start-up led by a team of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Congratulations to all the Guelph Awards of Excellence nominees!