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Nominations now open for the 12th annual SSMARt Innovation Awards
Posted: Oct 04, 2017

Nominations are now open for the 12th Annual SSMARt Innovation Awards

(Sault Ste. Marie, ON) – October 4, 2017: Nominations are open until Tuesday, October 17 for the 2017 SSMARt Innovation Awards, hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC). The SSMARt Innovation Awards honours companies and influential individuals for their innovative contributions to the science, technology and/or agriculture sectors of the Algoma District, and for their use of science and technology in innovative ways, making a positive economic, cultural, or social impact on the community. The event showcases industry leaders, entrepreneurs, organizations, food producers and youth based on how they’re creating current and future economic opportunities for the Algoma region.

The 2017 SSMARt Innovation Awards is made possible thanks to the generosity of Platinum level sponsor SooToday.com, and Gold level sponsors OLG and Scotiabank. The awards will take place on Wednesday, November 15 at a luncheon gala held at the Grand Gardens Downtown from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

Online nomination forms may be accessed at www.ssmic.com/awards until October 17 at 12:00pm. You may nominate more than one person, group, or project for each category. Winners will be announced at the awards luncheon which will include a plated lunch, coffee/tea, presentation of awards, acknowledgement of sponsors, and guest speakers.

This year’s SSMARt Innovation Awards categories include:

Steve Butland Educator of the Year

Innovation Company of the Year – Presented by OLG

Innovation Project of the Year

Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship

Innovation Youth of the Year

Innovation in Digital Media

Innovation Startup of the Year (NEW!)

Innovation Leader of the Year – Presented by SooToday

A panel of professionals working in the fields of science, business, and information technology, or advocates of these sectors, will judge the entries.

Tickets for the awards luncheon are $25 each. Scotiabank is sponsoring the event by matching dollar for dollar all ticket sales made at either location in Sault Ste. Marie (Station Mall or Northern Ave.). Attendees are encouraged to support Scotiabank efforts and purchase a ticket in person. Sponsorship dollars will go directly to the event and allow for nominees to attend for free. If unable to purchase in person, tickets can be purchased online.

For more information about the SSMARt Awards, category descriptions, nomination links, and a list of 2016 winners, please visit www.ssmic.com/awards. Please email awards@ssmic.com if you have any questions.

2017 SSMART INNOVATION AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

If you have trouble completing a nomination form, please contact awards@ssmic.com and we can help!

Innovation Company of the Year – Click here to nominate a company

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, technology and/or agriculture should be the primary focus of this emerging or expanding company.

Innovation in Digital Media – Click here to nominate for digital media

This award acknowledges the individuals/organizations responsible for developing effective use of digital media such as website, digital design or social media for marketing campaigns and/or ongoing promotion. This award category is open to both organizations and web design/media companies/agencies.

*Agencies must submit a single campaign per entry; however, multiple entries may be submitted.

Steve Butland Innovation Educator of the Year – Click here to nominate an educator

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.

Innovation Leader of the Year – Click here to nominate a leader

This award acknowledges a leader, manager or executive whose leadership and/or creative use of science or technology (including digital media, social media, online networking tools etc.), or innovative thinking has helped to advance their organization, improve client/customer services and positively impact the local community, ideally science and technology. 

Innovation Project of the Year – Click here to nominate a project

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, 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.

Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship – Click here to nominate a social entrepreneurship

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, 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.

Innovation Startup of the Year – NEW CATEGORY – Click here to nominate a startup

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. 

Innovation Youth of the Year - Click here a youth

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; diversity of research.

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About the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC)
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is a non-profit organization established in 1999 to function as a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the information technology and science knowledge-based sectors. SSMIC’s mission is to drive business growth, facilitate research and commercialize innovation in globally significant areas of science and technology through partnerships, expert advice, community development, business incubation, youth outreach and sector development activities. Key SSMIC business divisions include the Accelerator Hub, Community Geomatics Centre, Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), C2C Business Support Services, YouLaunch, and UP Lottery & Gaming.

Media Contact:

Angela Corcoran
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

705 942-7927 ext. 3138

Cell: 705 542-8560

acorcoran@ssmic.com