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Arthritis Ideator Awards 2023

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Putting innovative ideas into action.

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023  •  Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: MaRS Discovery District, 661 University Ave. Toronto, ON
Tickets: $200

Meet our finalists
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2022 Arthritis Ideator Awards<sup>TM</sup> event - people in a room, sitting and watching, listening to the speakerImagine if bringing arthritis innovations to market had no obstacles. If brilliant ideas were not limited by funding and infrastructure. Imagine if we could drive transformational change by helping entrepreneurs and scientists get their ideas to the people that need them most – as quickly as possible. 

We don’t have to imagine anymore because Arthritis Society Canada has embarked on a bold new innovation strategy that will drive this much-needed change. As part of this strategy, our Arthritis Ideator AwardsTM inspire innovators, entrepreneurs and startups to think differently, and be creative, fearless, and equally bold as they work to solve the challenges of living with this painful and debilitating disease that impacts 1 in 5 Canadians and has no cure.

2022 Arthritis Ideator Awards<sup>TM</sup> winners and judgesThis annual event awards a total of $200,000 to four of the brightest game-changing ideas that will help transform and improve the lives of Canadians living with arthritis. A panel of distinguished judges and VIP attendees gather at Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District to hear the pitches and select winners for the $50,000 Arthritis Ideator Grants. Last year, at our inaugural event, these innovations and advancements ranged from assistive devices, to technology that can help people better manage their disease.

Rod Black

Our 2023 Ideator Awards will be hosted by Canadian Sports Broadcaster, Rod Black.

Meet the Judges

The judges will select three projects to each receive $50,000 to advance their innovation. An additional $50,000 People’s Choice Award will also be granted to one of the lucky finalists.

Mohamad Fakih

Mohamad Fakih
Executive Chair & President, Paramount Fine Foods 

Jasmin Ganie Hobbs

Jasmin Ganie-Hobbs
Director Tech Financing, BDC

Andrew Oliver

Andrew Oliver  President & CEO, Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality

Ronald Reuben

Ronald Reuben  Founder and Executive Chairman, Medicom Group 

Trish Barbato

Trish Barbato
President & CEO, Arthritis Society Canada

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Event Details


4 p.m. | Cocktail Reception  
5 p.m. | Ideator Pitches 
6 p.m. | People's Choice & Awards Presentation 
6:30 p.m. | Cocktail Reception Continues  
8 p.m. | Event Close  


MaRS Discovery District | Auditorium located on the Lower Concourse 
661 University Ave.  
Toronto, ON 


The MaRS underground lot can be accessed via Elizabeth Street, just south of College Street on the west side of the road. It can also be accessed via University Avenue when driving northbound, just past the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, south of College Street. Substantial additional parking is available at a host of parking garages and above ground lots within a two- block radius 


Subway: MaRS offers direct access to the Queen’s Park subway station, with connecting service to Go Trains at Union Station.  

Streetcar: The eastbound and westbound College Street streetcars (506 Carlton) stop directly outside MaRS at the intersections of College Street and University Avenue, as well as College Street and Elizabeth Street. 

Dress Code

Business Casual

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2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

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For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Trish Baldocchi
Pharma Partner & Program Lead

For Event Logistics, please contact:
Rebecca Bowering
Events Manager

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2022 Arthritis Ideator AwardsTM

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Our 2023 Arthritis Ideator Awards™ Sponsors

Breakthrough Sponsor

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Imagination Sponsor

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Discovery Sponsors

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Catalyst Sponsor


Venture Sponsor


In-Kind Sponsor

Gourmade Thyme Catering