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2018 SSMARt AWARDS

2018 SSMARt Award Winners


The SSMARt Innovation Awards honours companies and influential individuals for their innovative contributions to the science and technology sectors within the Algoma Region and for their use of science and technology in innovative ways, making a positive economic, cultural, or social impact within the community.

 

 

The Seven Award Categories:
 

1. Innovation Company of the Year

 

This award acknowledges a company’s leadership through the innovation of its science and/or technology products, services or research, the sustained growth of its assets and its dedication to community involvement. Science and/or technology and/or agriculture should be the primary focus of this emerging or expanding company.

2. Innovation Youth of the Year

 

This award acknowledges an individual age 13 to 29, who has made a substantial contribution to the science and/or technology and/or agriculture sector through education, volunteering or sheer passion. Contributions may be through outstanding academic achievement; leadership in the area of science and/or technology and/or agriculture; community involvement; entrepreneurship; and/or volunteerism. It may also include the commercialization of new technology; development of innovative processes and products; or diversity of research.

3. Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship of the Year

 

This award acknowledges an individual, organization or collective who has demonstrated leadership and innovation that has had a significant social, cultural or environmental impact in their community. The social innovator of the year will have used science and/or technology and/or agriculture (which may include software, digital applications, equipment, products, social media etc.) as a catalyst for positive change. This can be in the form of entrepreneurship and/or community initiatives and covers both non-profit and for-profit sectors.

Social entrepreneurship is defined as the use of the techniques by start up companies and other entrepreneurs or innovators to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.

4. Steve Butland Educator of the Year

 

This award acknowledges a teacher or professor, who has made a substantial contribution to the science and/or technology sector through education, volunteering or sheer passion.  Contributions may be through use of innovative teaching methods in the classroom (i.e. engaging students with digital and advanced web methods such as podcasts, blogs, social media etc.); leadership in the area of science and/or technology, community involvement, leadership, entrepreneurship and volunteerism.

5. Innovation Project of the Year

 

This award acknowledges an organization or business whose science, technology, and/or agriculture project demonstrates leadership, innovation and/or creative use of science and/or technology. This award is designed for organizations or businesses that are not necessarily science and/or technology companies, but are using technology and/or science as an enabler to better serve their operation and/or clients.

An ideal project would include benefits such as the advancement of the organization or business, improvement of client/customer services and positive impact on the science and/or technology and/or agriculture community or the community at large. The project must have demonstrated tangible success/return to the organization or business. Pilot projects are acceptable nominations.

6. Innovation Startup of the Year

 

This award acknowledges a startup company’s leadership through the innovation and development of science and/or technology and/or agriculture products, services or research; its dedication to community involvement; and potential for growth and positive impact on the community. The company must be in the 'idea' or 'discovery' stage, generate a revenue lower than $100,000, developed an innovation in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) or Agriculture sector, benefited the community with its product/service, and be located in the Algoma region.

7. Woman in Leadership of the Year

 

This is awarded to a woman whose leadership and innovative ideas has significantly contributed to their organization’s success. She inspires professional growth of those she works with or leads and encourages others to achieve more.  She is a positive role model for men and women to follow.