New Award Program Announced to Honour Marine Industry in NL

St. John’s Port Authority to be the Lead Sponsor
February 16, 2017

St. John’s, NL – The first-time ever awards program was announced today to honour the marine industry of Newfoundland and Labrador. The program, Turning the Tide, sponsored by the St. John’s Port Authority will consist of three awards that will recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed to the development and achievement of the marine industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“For more than five centuries our economy, culture and social well-being have been tied to the bounty of the ocean,” said Paul Antle, chair of the Turning the Tide Awards Selection Board. “Even with the storied history and tradition of our reliance on the sea, and in most recent years with offshore oil extraction and innovation cold ocean engineering, there has never been a full recognition of the outstanding individuals and organizations who have led the way in our marine industry. Through these awards, we will now acknowledge and give appropriate recognition to those pioneers who led the way in our ocean-based industries.”

The Turning the Tide Awards Program will consist of three separate awards. They include:

Industry Leadership Excellence Award
Awarded to an outstanding business that demonstrated leadership and integrity to address challenges that sets a strong example and benefit to the industry as whole. Those challenges could include:

  • Environmental stewardship, sustainability, and conservation;
  • Technological innovation;
  • Maritime safety and security;
  • Market development; and,
  • Education and human resource development


Individual Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to one individual each year who is viewed as having demonstrated exemplary leadership in driving excellence in his or her sector and has contributed to the positive image and betterment of the industry as a whole.

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

A sponsorship program has been developed to support Turning the Tide. Today the organization announced that the St. John’s Port Authority is the inaugural lead sponsor.

“As a working harbour for over 500 years, the St. John’s Port has been an integral part in the development and sustainability of the marine industry in this province,” said Russ Carrigan, chair of the St. John’s Port Authority. “We are very proud to be the lead partner in the Turning the Tide Awards Program and welcome the opportunity to honour those who are leaders in our industry.”

For the inaugural awards, the selection of the recipients for the three awards will be conducted by the members of the selection board. The awards will be presented at a gala event being held April 5, 2017, in St. John’s. Information about the event, including sponsorship packages, can be found at The proceeds from the event will support the ongoing operation of the Home from The Sea Foundation in Elliston, NL.

“Home From the Sea reflects the tragedies and triumphs of one of our longstanding marine industries – the seal hunt,” said Chris Collingwood, co-chair of the Home From the Sea Board of Governors. “Through the Turning the Tide awards we will support the continued operation of this important world class memorial and interpretation centre as well as recognize many others that represent our marine industry’s heritage.”