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Announcing the Winners of the 13th Annual SSMARt Innovation Awards
Posted: Nov 21, 2018

(Sault Ste. Marie, ON) – November 21, 2018 after 2:00 PM: The SSMARt Innovation Awards, hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) were announced today at their annual awards ceremony. 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 2018 SSMARt Innovation Awards event is made possible thanks to the generosity of Platinum level sponsor SooToday.com, Gold level sponsor OLG and Silver level sponsors Northern Credit Union and DOI. The awards were presented at a luncheon gala held at the Grand Gardens Downtown.

Candidates were nominated through an open, online process and one could nominate more than one person, group, or project for each category. Winners were announced at the awards luncheon which included a plated lunch, coffee/tea, presentation of awards, acknowledgement of sponsors, and guest speakers.

This year’s SSMARt Innovation Awards categories included:

Innovation Company of the Year

Innovation Youth of the Year

Innovation Project of the Year

Innovation Startup of the Year

Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship

Steve Butland Educator of the Year

Women in Leadership of the Year (NEW)


A panel of professionals working in the fields of science, business, and information technology, or advocates of these sectors, evaluated the entries. “This year’s SSMARt awards had 140 guests attend the event and the most nominees to date. The high-caliber and diverse nominations we saw this year speaks to the depth of talent in our region,” said Natasha DeActis, Manager of Marketing and Communications for SSMIC.

For more information about the SSMARt Awards, category descriptions, nomination links, and a list of 2018 winners, please visit www.ssmic.com/awards. Please email awards@ssmic.com if you have any questions.

2018 SSMART INNOVATION AWARD RECIPIENTS  

Innovation Company of the Year

Awarded to STUFFF Lubricants

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 Youth of the Year

Awarded to Morgan Steele

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, and diversity of research.

Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship Award

Awarded to The Esquire Club

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.

Steve Butland Innovation Educator of the Year

Awarded to Johnathan Budau

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 Project of the Year

Awarded to: NORDIK Institute & Maker North

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 Start-up of the Year

Awarded to: Copper Country Coffee Roasters - Lars Moffat

This award acknowledges a start-up 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.