York University’s ELLA Altitude wins CANIE Award for COVID-19 support initiative


TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2020 – York University’s ELLA Altitude has won the COVID-19 Support Award in the 2020 Canada Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards, presented in partnership with the Government of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service.

image of ELLA Altitude award with Nicole TrosterAlso known as the CANIE Awards, the program presented by the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF), is powered by  Startup Canada. The Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding contributors to Canada’s entrepreneurial landscape through excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We are honoured to receive the COVID-19 Support Award from the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation, an organization that shares our passion for supporting entrepreneurial endeavours,” said Amir Asif, vice-president research & innovation at York University. “This recognition of an ELLA program highlights York University’s commitment to empower women entrepreneurs and support them, especially at a time when the global pandemic has disproportionately affected women. ELLA is a great example of York’s new educational approaches, such as work-integrated learning, that equip our graduates to thrive in the global knowledge economy.”

ELLA – the Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning Alliance − recently received federal investment from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses through the Altitude program.

“It is incredible to see the resilience of entrepreneurs and innovators across the country during times like this,” said Kayla Isabelle, IEF’s board chair and executive director, Startup Canada. “Coming together to recognize the strength and tenacity of our community is more important than ever.”

The awards were presented at the CANIE Grand Finale digital ceremony last night.  ELLA’s Entrepreneurship Manager Nicole Troster accepted the award on behalf of York University.

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