Patrick McGrath and Patricia Lingley-Pottie - 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards Winners

1980 to present
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Patrick McGrath are the creators of the Strongest Families Institute, a non-profit organization that delivers evidence-based programs to children, youth and families through a unique distance-delivery system. Using proprietary software technology, trained coaches are able to connect with users by phone or via the Internet, thus allowing families greater flexibility when assessing services. Programs address common mental health and other issues impacting health and wellbeing.

On May 23, 2017, Drs. Lingley-Pottie and McGrath were amongst 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