Audra Renyi - 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards Winner

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Audra Renyi

Audra Renyi is the executive director of the non-profit World Wide Hearing and the founder of earAccess. She has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street dealing with private equity firms. Ms. Renyi has worked with Doctors Without Borders, in Chad; in Rwanda she served as the CFO of the One Acre Fund, and she worked as director of development at Canada World Youth. World Wide Hearing Foundation uses affordable technology, market incentives and rapid training to help underprivileged people affected by hearing loss. EarAccess is a for-profit social enterprise that aims to cut the price of hearing aids by 75 percent to ensure that they are available to those who need them the most.

On May 23, 2017, Ms. Renyi was one of six winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards.

The Governor General’s Innovation Awards inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and to emulate innovative, entrepreneurial risk-takers who have developed new or better ways of creating value and who are having a meaningful impact on our quality of life. For more information, visit


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Innovation is one of the primary driving forces behind Canada’s prosperity, standard of living and quality of life. While Canadians are some of the world’s most accomplished innovators, we seldom recognize ourselves as such or celebrate our outstanding contributions to our society.