Industry Excellence Awards – Small Business Innovation Technology

The Small Business Innovation Technology (SBIT) award recognizes a business that has developed advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of the aerospace industry in Canada or globally. These achievements have contributed to making Canada a strong and rapidly growing innovation economy and made a positive impact in the industry and community.


To be eligible for the SBIT award, nominees must have been in operation for a minimum of 5 years, headquartered in Canada, and have less than 250 employees.

Award Criteria

To win this award, all nominees will be required to provide:

  • A minimum 500-word description of how the company’s product or service is innovative, and how the company is leading innovation in the aerospace industry.
  • Identify the problem the company sets out to solve and how their technology is redefining the industry by addressing it.
  • Explain how R&D practices are supported in the company
  • Provide at least 1 testimonial to support the nomination


2022 nominations are closed.

Award Presentation

The Industry Excellence Awards are presented annually at the Annual Aerospace Dinner, which takes place during the Canadian Aerospace Summit. This event gathers attendees from all segments of the Canadian aerospace industry, other leading aerospace nations, various levels of government, the financial and investment community, and international and trade press.

This year’s Summit is November 8-9 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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2022 Winner

Contextere is an industrial software company creating AI-enabled solutions focused on human performance. Recognized as a World Economic Forum Global Innovator, its mission is to transform the future of work by delivering actionable intelligence to the last tactical mile. Contextere works in the field with customers to meet challenges head-on, driving digital transformation and deploying the capabilities to produce results for today and tomorrow.

Contextere was founded in 2015, spurred by the recognition that the technological advancements brought on by Industry 4.0 had largely ignored frontline employees working at the coal face. Technologies such as artificial intelligence can empower these employees, not threaten them. Workplace safety incidents, inefficiencies on the job site, human error, lost productivity, all can be improved with the right tool, the right data, and the right hands.

Previous Winners

  • Mannarino Systems and Software Inc. (2018)
  • Avior Integrated Products (2019)