Future Innovator Awards – Frequently Asked Questions

How are the Future Innovator Awards selected?

An independent selection committee that is representative of the breadth and diversity of the healthcare system, including patients and caregivers, will review the nominations to select the Future Innovator Award recipients. Winners will be notified by March 9, 2020.

­How will nominations be evaluated?

Nominations will be evaluated for their potential for impact at the community, organization or provincial level on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: breaking new ground in patient/caregiver engagement and co-design, and/or patient and caregiver experiences.
  • Potential: impacting systems and/or experiences now and demonstrates the ability to impact the healthcare experience in game-changing ways for patients/caregivers in the future.
  • Excellence: an exemplary example of effective patient/caregiver partnership.
  • Model for change: a model for inspiring change beyond the area of immediate impact, has the potential for extending the scope of influence at the organization, community, provincial, national or international level.

Each nomination will be given a score out of 70, based on the responses to questions on the nomination form (max 40 points), the nominee letter (max 10 points) and the letter of support (max 20 points). Part of the review will include assessing potential based on their past ability to lead positive change.

When will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by March 9, 2020.

Does the recipient need to attend the Awards Presentation in May 2020?

All winners will be asked to attend the Awards ceremony where the Future Innovator Awards will be presented. The ceremony will be held as a part of The Change Foundation’s Capstone Summit on May 4, 2020 in Toronto. The Change Foundation will assist with making travel and accommodation arrangements.

Does the recipient need to be a Canadian citizen?

All residents of Ontario are eligible to be selected for the Future Innovator Awards.

Can I nominate myself?

Self-nominations are welcome for the Future Innovator Awards.


If you have another question, please email awards@changefoundation.com

NOTE: This page will be updated as questions are received.

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