CANARIE partners with Startup Canada to present Startup Canada Day on the Hill

Organizations work together to build strong, national entrepreneurial culture in Canada

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, will join Startup Canada on Nov. 26 to facilitate collaboration between entrepreneurs and political decision makers.

CANARIE is a proud sponsor of Startup Canada Day on the Hill, a highly influential entrepreneurship event that moves the bar forward on new approaches and policies to advance entrepreneurship, innovation and growth in Canada.

The annual event was first held in 2013, and this year is set to draw more than 1,000 attendees to Ottawa, including some of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, media personalities and government decision makers.

“We are proud to support this exciting, grassroots mobilization of entrepreneurs from across the country, who are collaborating for the collective success of Canadian startups,” said Peter Wilenius, CANARIE’s Vice President of Business Development. “CANARIE actively supports Canadian entrepreneurs by offering free cloud resources to startups as they develop and test their products in preparation for market launch.  Our engagement with entrepreneurs at Startup Canada on the Hill will not only extend this offering to new users but will also help us shape our programs to best support small businesses.”

“Startup Canada is grateful for CANARIE’s support at Day on the Hill for the second consecutive year,” said Startup Canada CEO Victoria Lennox. “Organizations like CANARIE are contributing to the rising momentum and support behind the development of a strong entrepreneurial culture in Canada.”

The day-long event is punctuated with keynote talks from leading entrepreneurs, meetings with Members of Parliament, live mentorship and focus groups that will contribute to the formation of policy recommendations in the areas of: entrepreneur support, education, finance, mentorship, acceleration, innovation, growth, global markets, social enterprise, and newcomer, women, youth and aboriginal entrepreneurship. The day will be topped off with a celebratory reception with entrepreneurs from across Canada showcasing and selling their innovative products.

Throughout the event, Startup Canada will also be making a number of announcements that have implications on Canada’s local startup communities and the national entrepreneurship ecosystem. Full-day and evening reception tickets are available at For more information on the event, please contact

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager

Victoria Lennox
President & CEO
Startup Canada


CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at nearly 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy. Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement founded in May 2012 that has become the most recognized, energized and active entrepreneurship organization in Canada. Startup Canada’s programs have mentored more than 20,000 Canadians, grown to represent more than 80,000 entrepreneurs, and increased entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in Canada while promoting Canada’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Startup Canada is recognized globally as the benchmark for fuelling grassroots entrepreneurship. It has educated the leaders of peer organizations in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, South Korea, South America and the United States.