2016 Ontario Export Awards presented to 11 fast-paced businesses at Toronto gala
Canada Goose named 2016 Ontario Exporter of the Year; winners also include Silfab Solar, Riverside Natural Foods, Corma, Centennial College and other top innovators.
November 24, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff
TORONTO—(Marketwired – Nov. 23, 2016)—Winners of the 2016 Ontario Export Awards were announced at a gala event at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. on November 22, 2016.
More than 200 manufacturing executives and representatives from trade, government and industry attended the event. The awards recognize leadership and exporting growth in diverse sectors of Ontario’s economy.
Canada Goose was named Exporter of the Year for its growth in global markets and success with manufacturing in Canada.
“We’re proud of our role in bringing Made-in-Canada jackets to the world and in exporting the brand of Canada on a global stage. It is an honour to win the Exporter of the Year Award and to be recognized as an industry innovator,” says Canada Goose president and chief executive officer Dani Reiss, following the awards.
“The winner of the Exporter of the Year Award is deemed to be the ‘best of the best’ of the sector winners, recognizing the Ontario exporter who has excelled in international exports and made significant contributions to the development of the Ontario economy,” adds Andrew Skinner, head of global trade and receivables finance, HSBC Bank Canada, Platinum Sponsor of the Ontario Export Awards.
“Canada Goose has made an invaluable contribution to the Ontario economy through economic growth in their community, new investment and job creation and I was honored to present them with the 2016 Exporter of the Year Award.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
- Food, Beverage, & Agriculture: Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. (see May 2016 cover story of Canadian Packaging magazine for company feature article) Image at top shows company president and founder Nima Fotovat with his Ontario Export award;
- Clean Technology: Silfab Solar Inc.;
- Consumer Products & Technology: Canada Goose;
- Manufacturing & Resources (Small Manufacturer): Diagnostics Biochem Canada Inc.;
- Manufacturing & Resources (Medium Manufacturer): Nu-Tech Precision Metals Inc.;
- Manufacturing & Resources (Large Manufacturer): Polycorp Ltd.
- Services: Centennial College;
- Transportation Equipment: INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing;
- Emerging Exporter: NeoVentures Biotechnology Inc.;
- Leadership: Corma Inc.;
- Business Studies Student Award: Ensieh Daniali;
- Machines Italia Global Reach Award: Lofthouse Manufacturing.
Winners and finalists represent a wide range of Ontario’s economy, from food products to equestrian saddles to helicopter components. Regardless of their industry, the companies share an ability to overcome fierce competition outside of Canada to grow and expand in often complex markets.
“We congratulate this year’s finalists and winners of the Ontario Export Awards for their achievement in excellence,” says James Moffatt, President of SYSPRO Canada, Platinum Sponsor of the awards.
“As a global organization that serves leading manufacturing and distribution organizations around the world, we feel strongly that Canadian manufacturers have unlimited opportunities to develop a successful exporting strategy, aimed at strengthening their reach beyond the Canadian market, and establishing themselves as sustainable global market leaders.”
About the awards
The Ontario Export Awards are organized by CanadianManufacturing.com, part of Annex Business Media, in partnership with Plant magazine and through the support of HSBC Bank Canada (Platinum Sponsor), SYSPRO Canada (Platinum Sponsor), Grant Thornton LLP, Machines Italia/ Italian Trade Commission, UPS Canada, Export Development Canada (EDC), Invest Buffalo Niagara, Ontario Ministry of International Trade; Turkish Airlines (Official Airline Partner) and association/ nominating partners: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), Canadian Food Exporters Association (CFEA), Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Win Global Partners and various media brands at Annex Business Media.
More information and upcoming coverage may be found at www.ontarioexportawards.com.