Sci-Tech North hands out annual awards

Sci-Tech North handed out their annual awards Wednesday night.

The Sci-Tech North 2010 Excellence in Innovation Awards were held at the Pomeroy Hotel and recognized individuals, companies, and programs leading the way in fields ranging from environmental stewardship to education.

Sci-Tech North Executive Director Lori Ackerman says the awards "celebrate the innovation that is happening in our region, and also make residents and companies aware of the innovation that is going on here."

Award winners for 2010:

Innovative Youth
Sarah Gullason – Sarah has been working for over a year studying ways to reduce water consumption in plants and still sustain health growth. She was awarded a bronze medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair this past May.

Environmental Innovation
Peace Valley OSB and the Canfor Saw Mill – Peace Valley OSB operates a wood energy system that includes heat transfer that produce heat needed for the plant and administrative buildings. At the Canfor Saw Mill, they recently installed a new bark fired thermal oil energy system.

Innovation at Work
District of Taylor and Spectra Energy – A partnership between the District and Spectra Energy helped to solve a irrigation problem at the Lone Wolf Golf Club. The new water source means that the golf course will be using water from the Spectra plant in Taylor that is used for cooling the machinery.

Innovation in Education
Northern B.C. Distance Education School – The school focuses on making each student’s learning experience unique to their needs and goals with a focus on learning any place, any pace and any time.

Technology Entrepreneur
Eagle Vision Video Productions – Eagle Vision has successfully developed and produced a stand-alone remote surveillance system. This new technology is the first of its kind in northern B.C. And Canada.

Innovation in Industry
Lakeview Credit Union – Over the past year, the Lakeview IT Department has implemented many new technologies within the organization to support sustainability and increase efficiency.

Technology Leadership Award
Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley – McCrea and Buckley are two vertebrate paleontologists that work out of the Peace Region Paleontology Centre in Tumbler Ridge. The two are using digitization and digital photogrammetry equipment in their work to produce 3-D images of bones, tracks and more. 

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