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10 Kamloops companies up for Startup Canada awards tonight at The Rex

Kamloops is hosting the regional Startup Canada Awards tonight at The Rex and there is no shortage of local representation on the list of finalists.

Several local entrepreneurs and businesses are up for awards tonight. The celebration, organized this year by Kamloops Innovation and Startup Kamloops, toasts to those demonstrating excellence in B.C.’s entrepreneurship community. Kamloops nominees include:

Woman Entrepreneur:

Senior Woman Entrepreneur:

  • Vicki Collett | Co-owner of Harper's Trail Winery

Entrepreneur Promotion:

  • Deb McClellend | Executive Director of Kamloops Chamber of Commerce | @KamloopsChamber
  • Michael Henry | Dean of TRU School of Business and Economics | @mikehenry1

Entrepreneur of the Year:

Innovation Award:

  • Hummingbird Drones | Co-Founder and CEO, Robert Atwood | @HBdrones
  • Streamline Technologies | VP Sales & Marketing, Dan de Palma | @streamlinenav
  • Katipult | CTO, Doug McLean | @Katipult
  • Axis Forestry | CEO, Wayne Cochran

High Growth Entrepreneurship:

  • RTOWN | CEO, Luke Aulin | @RTOWN_

Several local dignitaries will be presenting awards, including:

  • MP Cathy McLeod,
  • MLA Todd Stone,
  • MLA Peter Milobar,
  • Deputy mayor Arjun Singh,
  • TRU president Dr Alan Shaver,
  • TRU dean Dr. Michael Henry,
  • Finlay Stewart, CEO of TRUCT, and
  • Pat Davis, CIO of BCLC.


The awards are free to attend, but you need to register to get a ticket. A networking reception is set for 5:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Hotel 540 is hosting a rooftop after party following the awards.



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