Surrey: In a glittering ceremony on Wednesday night the 1st Surrey Innovation Award winners were honoured. Inaugural Surrey Innovation Awards Dinner was hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade, in partnership with Lexxon Training. It brought together business people from Surrey and throughout the Lower Mainland to recognize the successes of local innovative companies and individuals.
The award has been introduced to celebrate, educate, and connect innovators across all industries of Surrey businesses and make Surrey a recognized hub of innovation by igniting a new narrative for the city. The full room of members of the business community mingled during the cocktail reception and International Trade Show. Master of Ceremonies Peter Legge of Canada Wide Media Ltd. led the formal part of the program, hearing from City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, the Hon. Andrew Wilkinson and President of WestJet Encore, Ferio Pugliese, before the award winners were revealed. Prior to the dinner, a panel of speakers entertained the crowd with an informative session, hearing about 5 different aspects of innovation.
The Surrey Board of Trade proudly presented the awards to the following businesses:
Young Innovator Category sponsored by Port Metro Vancouver
Winner: Sean Bindra
Recognizing that bullying is prevalent across our nation, and being a victim of bullying himself, Sean Bindra set out on a 7 week journey to single-handedly organize a flash mob of 600 plus students to bring awareness to the issue. The event received significant media coverage from outlets across Canada, with recognition from BC Premier Christy Clark and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. This exposure has brought mass awareness to the issue of bullying.
Other nominee in the Young Innovator category was Interdisciplinary Student Entrepreneurship Club
Excellence in Innovation Category sponsored by Century Group
SOFTAC Systems Ltd. designed and manufactured an earthquake early warning, automatic utility shut-down device. Coined QuakeTrip, the device gives valuable seconds of warning before shutting off electrical and gas supplies to the building and preventing it from being restored until the building has been properly checked, reducing the risk of fire following an earthquake. QuakeTrip is the only comprehensive device of its kind, and can also control water line valves, the flow through LNG lines and oil pipelines, and acts as a warning device.
The other nominees for Excellence in Innovation award were HealthTech Connex Inc., Hunky Haulers,and T.D. Micronic Inc.
In a media satmente, Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade thanked everyone that made this event possible – without sponsors we simply could not recognize or do the work that we do to support and attract business to Surrey.
Presenting Sponsor: Simon Fraser University
Award Sponsors: Century Group and Port Metro Vancouver
Media Sponsors: BCBusiness and CKNW
Print Sponsor: Classic Impressions
The event wrapped up with an awareness of the fundamental importance innovation has to business and the economy in BC and Canada.