Awards & Judging Process

Award Categories

Export – Product(s) and/or Service(s)

KIRA 2012

KIRA 2012

This award recognizes the work of a New Brunswick company that has successfully developed and delivered products or services beyond the borders of New Brunswick. The product or service must have been developed in New Brunswick but be in demand in markets outside the province.

Most Promising Start-Up

From a great idea to thinking outside the box in technical or managerial terms this award recognizes a company in business less than two years with something fresh to say in the marketplace or a new approach to an old need.   The field of endeavor is wide open as long as the company is new.

Technological Advancement and/or Innovation (Public or Academic Sector)

This award recognizes an innovation or technological advancement in the public or academic sector over the past 12 months.  The innovation or technological advancement could be in the delivery of a service, the development of a product or initiatives in the development stage (i.e. the application of emerging technologies or a research initiative). Initiatives undertaken through partnerships between the public, academic and/or private sector are also eligible.

Special Recognition

This award recognizes the contribution of an individual, an organization or a company who through their efforts have significantly impacted, supported and/or changed the landscape of the industry in our province.

Community Engagement and Industry Commitment

This award recognizes the engagement of a New Brunswick company or the efforts of a group within the industry toward ensuring awareness of the industry and its positive impact on communities and/or the province overall.

Technological Advancement and/or Innovation (Private Sector)

This award recognizes a successful launch of an innovative product or service by a private sector company or organization over the past 12 months.  Products or initiatives could be at the development stage (i.e. the application of emerging technologies).   Established companies investing in research and development of new technologies and innovations are also eligible.

KIRA Nomination Process and Guidelines Overview

The KIRA’s have become a recognizable brand depicting knowledge industry recognition for excellence. Those nominated, selected finalists, and category winners are celebrated as New Brunswick’s leaders in innovation, entrepreneurism, market entry and expansion, collaboration, and growth. To this extent, the KIRA Organizing Committee places high emphasis on the nomination and judging process.

The Nomination and Judging process is managed by a selected committee which represents a cross section of the province, industries, culture, and experience.  At times this also includes industry leaders from national and international organizations. The judging event is monitored by a third party accounting firm to ensure authenticity and proper recording of the results. In addition the judging committee is required to sign confidentiality and conflict of interest disclosures prior to the judging event. This event is held within seven days after the close of the nomination interval. The identification of the judging committee is held in strict confidence as a measure to protect the integrity of the overall process. Only the Chair of the Nomination Committee controls the identity of the winner in each category until the KIRA event.

Judging criteria is restricted to only the information contained within the nomination submission. No personal information or that obtained outside the nomination entry can be used in evaluating each submission.  A scoring system is used to rate each submission and the top three submissions become the finalist for the category. The highest score tabulated is recorded as the winner. The judging panel has the discretion to contact the nominator to confirm data or information included in the submission.