FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2020

 

TURNING THE TIDE ANNOUNCES 2020 RECIPIENTS FOR PRESTIGIOUS NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR MARINE INDUSTRY AWARDS

 

ST. JOHN’S, NL –The 2020 recipients for the prestigious Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards, honoring excellence and innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador’s marine industry, were announced in St. John’s today. Turning the Tide Chairman Paul Antle and Founder Chris Collingwood were joined for the announcement by fellow board members at the Emera Innovation Exchange at MUN Signal Hill Campus.

 

“We are pleased to announce the 2020 Turning the Tide Marine Industry Award recipients. The fact that we received so many qualified applicants with such diverse backgrounds speaks to the vibrancy of our industry” said Paul Antle. “This is a banner year in that three female leaders will receive awards, and that we have added a new award - the New Wave Leadership Award to recognize emerging leaders from the next generation.” Chris Collingwood added “In addition to the Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards playing an important role in our commitment to community through the support of the John C. Crosbie Sealers Memorial in Elliston, they ensure that the stories of our people, that are connected to our marine industry, are handed down to future generations in order to preserve our cultural history”.

 

The program consists of five awards that recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed to the development of the marine industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

The 2020 Award recipients are as follows:

  1. Industry Leadership & Excellence: A. Harvey & Company
  2. Industry Lifetime Achievement: Bruce Wareham
  3. Innovation Leadership Award: Genoa Design
  4. Award of Historical Significance: Grenfell Mission Medical Vessels – Strathcona Line
  5. Next Wave Leadership Award: Melissa Williams

 

Additional information regarding each award and its recipient, is included in the backgrounder below.

 

Awards will be presented at the 4th Annual Awards Turning the Tide Marine Industry Gala on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at the St. John’s Convention Center. The Awards Gala plays a significant role in supporting the ongoing work of marine related charities.

 

Tickets, and additional information, are available at www.turningthetideawards.ca or by calling (709) 753-0794.

 

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Media Contact:

June Perry, Pilot Communications jperry@pilotcom.ca 753-0794

 

BACKGROUNDER

 

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE AWARD

Awarded to an outstanding business that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and integrity in its own growth and in support of the industry.

 

2020 Award: A. Harvey & Company

From humble beginnings in 1865 to a household name, A Harvey & Company Ltd. has been serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for over 150 years. Under the direction of matriarch Susan Patten, A Harvey & Company Ltd. enjoys the distinction of being one of Newfoundland's most historic and diversified firms and is a vital and integral part of the Newfoundland and Labrador economy.

 

INDUSTRY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Awarded to an individual who is viewed as having demonstrated exemplary leadership in driving excellence in their sector and has contributed to the positive image and betterment of the industry.

 

2020 Award: Bruce Wareham

Known as the head of the family-run business Icewater Seafood, Bruce Wareham was ahead of his time. His career in the seafood industry spanned 55 years, and his hallmark hard work and tenacity were the driving force behind the successful building and operation of a state of the art groundfish processing facility in Arnold's Cove, that has earned a worldwide reputation for quality. A respected and long-serving member of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation and the National Seafood Sector Council, his soft-spoken wisdom and commitment to helping the industry achieve stability and sustainability was second to none. Steadfastly loyal, Bruce always looked to guarantee the future of the people of the town of Arnold's Cove.

 

INNOVATION LEADERSHIP AWARD

Awarded to a company or individual that is entrepreneurial and has taken on the risk and personal sacrifice that so often defines the road to a novel solution. The company has pushed through significant barriers to benefit them and the industry.

 

2020 Award: Genoa Design

Genoa Design International has been providing production lofting, detail design and 3D modeling services to shipbuilding and offshore industries around the world since 1995. From a small local start-up, Genoa Design has grown to an international operation with over 200 employees throughout Canada and the United States. With a “people first” approach supported by the establishment of the “Genoa Academy” their many successes are a result of innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies that have made them one of the most sought-after production design firms in North America.

 

AWARD OF HISTORICAL MARINE SIGNIFICANCE

Awarded to an individual, organization or community that through either a singular accomplishment, or a multitude of activities, has turned the tides of history; or, through demonstrated perseverance and strength of character has positively impacted the fortunes of others, contributing significantly to the province’s marine industry.

 

2020 Award: Grenfell Mission Medical Vessels

Dr. Grenfell himself acquired the large medical vessel Strathcona in 1899, named for mission donor and first Baron Strathcona, Sir Donald Smith. The ship was one of the world's first to carry x-ray equipment, and also contained a dispensary, emergency cots, and space for a mission hall. The Strathcona steamed as much as 3,000 miles in a year to support the many fishing villages, along the Coast of Labrador, and more than 4,000 patients were treated in places where medical care was non-existent at the time.

 

NEXT WAVE LEADERSHIP AWARD

This award recognizes the importance of youth in growing and sustaining our marine industry and highlights those who are making waves. It is presented to a young professional under the age of 35, who has displayed great leadership qualities and who has already made noteworthy contributions to the sector.

 

2020 Award: Melissa Williams

As the youngest female leader at Canada’s oldest port, Melissa Williams contributes to a broad cross section of partnerships that the Port Authority manages. Well known for her support of the various facets of the local marine industry, she was recently awarded the Commanding Officers Commendation for outstanding support to the Royal Canadian Navy. Through her work and contributions to program development at the Marine Institute she has become a role model in the marine sector, as she supports and encourages the education and development of current and future leaders in the marine industry.


THE 2020 TURNING THE TIDE MARINE INDUSTRY AWARDS
ARE PROUDLY PRESENTED BY ST JOHN'S PORT AUTHORITY