Sci-Tech North – Excellence in Innovation Award Winners

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Sci Tech North held the 4th Annual Innovation Awards Thursday night at the Pomeroy Hotel. The awards celebrate exemplary people, practices and/or programs here in Northeastern BC. There are seven categories to nominate under, including Youth and Innovation, Technology Application in Business, and Innovation at Work.

Here are the winners….

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Award – Technology Application in Business – Lake View Credit Union – for their utilization of technology and innovation: installation of digital televisions in their branches with in-house development of the content system including flash programming, video development, web-site, and fiber optic video conferencing between branches.

Award – Technology Support Award – The Image Build Team – Shaun Whynacht, Mark Bodnar and Russell Eggleston for superior client service in providing a full spectrum of professional and creative marketing and graphic design and web site development.

Award – Innovation at Work – Dunne-Za Ventures – for implementing environmental standards beyond the accepted industry requirements in an unwavering and exceptional commitment to their mandate, “to protect and manage the land and environment for economic and cultural uses for future generations”.

Award – Innovation in Education – North East Native Advancing Society – for implementing Go Karts 4 Girls, a trades program aimed at developing skills in Aboriginal girls between the ages of 11 and 15 that are traditionally seen as “male” skills/tasks including design, cutting, welding, small engine mechanics and driving. The girls also learn the importance of working as part of a team, work ethics, self esteem and confidence building.


Award – Innovation in Industry – Gate to Plate – following their development of the first line of CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) inspected mobile slaughter units in Canada offering custom slaughter services, Gate to Plate has expanded to retail with the opening of Peace Country Meats providing customers with traceable home-grown meat products.

Award – Youth in Innovation – Andrew Tylosky – an accomplished entrepreneur with progressive vision and management style, his recent involvement’s include the development and launching of and Synergy Under 35.

Award – Technology Leadership – Richard McCrea and Lisa Buckley – are the palaeontology team pivotal in the development of the Peace Region Palaeontology Centre where the rich fossil heritage of the region is documented, studied, assessed, interpreted and protected. Rich serves as Curator of Palaeontology, Lisa as collections manager. In 2008 they supervised a wildly successful field season with the excavation of BC’s first articulated dinosaur, a hadrosaur, of which over seventy bones have been removed, including some massive long bones.

Richard McCrea and Lisa Buckley were unable to attend the awards.

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