"Ashlyn earned the recognition for her entrepreneurial success within the tech industry and her lasting impact on Alberta's ecosystem," Start Alberta said in its announcement.
The industry veteran, who weighed in on the tech innovation landscape in Edmonton as part of Taproot's Igniting Innovation podcast, works with Samdesk to develop and provide crisis monitoring using artificial intelligence.
"I feel so incredibly fortunate to be given the opportunity to get to a point, both personally and through Samdesk, to be able to give back to the community that's done so much for us," Bernier told Start Alberta.
This fall, Samdesk raised $13.5 million in Series A financing to expand the company and meet demand.
"We believe that our growth at Samdesk is going to impact Alberta's tech ecosystem significantly," Bernier said.
"We serve a global market and we have a global team, but we are firmly rooted in Alberta," she said. "So (we) look forward to continuing to grow and leveraging the great opportunities that come with being an Alberta company."
Start Alberta announced the winners of its 2021 awards between Nov. 8-22. In addition to last week's winners, Edmonton's Startup TNT was recognized as Ecosystem Supporter of the Year, while the Community Safety and Wellness Accelerator won Most Significant Cross-Community Collaboration.