Article via Techvibes – Techvibes held the seventh annual Canadian Innovation Awards last night at the beautiful Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in downtown Toronto. The awards brought the most cutting-edge companies and innovative entrepreneurs in the country together to celebrate each other’s successes as well as Canada’s growth as a technology powerhouse.

The top awards of the night went to Wealthsimple for Startup of the Year; BroadbandTV CEO and founder Shahrzad Rafati for Entrepreneur of the Year; Michele Romanow for Angel Investor of the Year; and for New Startup of the Year.

Toronto Mayor John Tory addressed the 400-plus in attendance with thoughts of Canada’s recent prowess in the technology world.

“You represent the future not only in terms of new jobs but also in preserving and transforming the jobs in this city,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job telling our own story. We’ve got to go out and brag about these finalists and the people in this room.”

In total, winners were crowned in 12 categories, nine of which are brand new this year, such as Breakthrough Technology and Media & Entertainment. The new categories allowed for the community to better hone in on and recognize leaders in specific sectors.