Nadia Hamilton receives 2016 National Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award

Posted on November 30, 2016
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November 29, 2016 | Toronto, ON –  Nadia Hamilton, President and Founder of Magnusmode, was recognized today by Startup Canada as a national winner of the Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award. Nadia accepted the award at a red carpet ceremony in Toronto, Ontario attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators and anchor company executives.

“Congratulations to the 2016 Startup Canada Awards winners, each of whom have been recognized by their peers as strong role models for Canadians of all ages and entrepreneurs across all sectors for championing a culture of entrepreneurship,” said Brenda Halloran, Chair of the Startup Canada Board of Directors. “Each recipient is driving impact in Canada and globally, and represent the greatness and diversity of Canada’s entrepreneur community.”

After hundreds of nominations poured in from across the country this Summer, Nadia Hamilton was one of over 50 regional winners that faced a National Adjudication Committee comprised of some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurship and industry experts.

Nadia's Startup Canada Award

Nadia at Startup Canada’s Award Ceremony

As a national winner, Nadia joins an esteemed network of award alumni including the Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, and Moncton-based RtTech Software, among others.

The Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale is the hallmark event and the largest celebration of the Canadian entrepreneurship community – recognizing the individuals, communities, and institutions that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement, and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

For more information, and to schedule interviews, please contact:

Andrew Dahmer

Community Manager, Magnusmode


Startup Canada Press Contact:

Kathryn Forrest

Communications and Marketing Manager, Startup Canada

1-844-782-7801 ext. 106

Magnusmode is the company behind MagnusCards and was founded by Nadia Hamilton, whose brother Troy has autism. When Troy graduated from high school, there were few opportunities for continued personal and social development. This inspired Nadia to start a company that leverages technology to empower and support people with cognitive special needs.

About the Startup Canada Awards

The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

The objectives of the awards are to:

  • Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Canada;
  • Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and,
  • Incentivize efforts and elevate the ambitions of the Canadian entrepreneurial community.

The national adjudication committee includes Gerry Pond, Co-Founder of East Valley Ventures, Marissa McTasney, Founder of Moxie Trades, David Alston, Chief Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Government of New Brunswick, Michael Legary, Director of Innovation Alley, Dr. James Bowen, Co-Founder and President of Experiential Simulations and Howard Rocket of Tridont Dental.


The Startup Canada Awards are proudly supported by our presenting partners UPS Canada and Wolf Blass, as well as our awards partners Intuit Canada, MNP LLP, Scotiabank, Business Development Bank of Canada, East Valley Ventures, Freshdesk, Centre for Social Innovation and Opportunities New Brunswick. The Startup Canada Awards are also supported by FluidReview by Survey Monkey. For more information, visit

The 2016 regional winners can be found here. Photos from the 2014 and 2015 Startup Canada Awards can be found on the Startup Canada Flickr Page. For more information, visit

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the national rallying community for Canada’s entrepreneurs. Through flagship programs, digital platforms, and cross sector partnerships between entrepreneurs, private sector, and government, Startup Canada offers training, resources, and a peer network to give every entrepreneur equal opportunity for success. As members of Startup Canada, entrepreneurs are championed by the community and are given a national voice to media, industry and government. For more information, visit



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