Congrats to H2i Co-Director: Winner of 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards

The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards (GGIA). These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding Canadian individuals, teams and organizations whose exceptional and transformative work help shape our future and positively impact our quality of life.

“The recipients of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards demonstrate that Canadians are among the world’s most creative and dynamic innovators,” said His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. “Through hard work, ingenuity and collaboration, each recipient has developed a unique and innovative approach to solving to an important challenge of our time. Their success is changing lives for the better in Canada and around the world.”

The Governor General had an online conversation with the recipients via Facebook. You can listen to their discussion and learn more about these remarkable innovators online at Facebook/GGInnovation.


Paul Santerre, Co-Director Health Innovation Hub
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Paul Santerre invented Endexo technology, a unique compound of surface-modifying macro molecules that are added to plastics during the manufacturing process of medical devices, like catheters. The special coating helps reduce clotting when the devices are used to treat patients, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and potentially deadly complications. Now being used in commercialized products in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, Endexo is helping to improve treatment outcomes for thousands of patients.

Nominated by Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

See the other recipients and learn more about the GG Innovation Award here