FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2019

 

PRESTIGIOUS MARINE INDUSTRY AWARDS PRESENTED AT 3rd ANNUAL TURNING THE TIDE AWARDS GALA IN ST. JOHN’S, NL

St. John’s, NL

The prestigious Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards were handed out tonight at the Delta Hotel in downtown St. John’s. Nearly 400 guests turned out to celebrate the 3rd Annual Gala event, honouring excellence and leadership in the marine industry.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Chris Collingwood, noted that as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, our province, our people, and our way of life has been defined by our relationship with the sea. That is why the Turning the Tide Awards were created. “In many parts of the world, the marine industry is celebrated with annual awards acknowledging contributions and achievements. Prior to 2017, no such awards existed here,” said Collingwood, “Tonight’s program focused on four outstanding award recipients and shone a little more light on our remarkable history and on the promising future of our marine sector.”

The Industry Leadership and Excellence Award went to Oceanex Inc. for their innovation, willingness to invest in new equipment and technology and for their focus on people, safety, and the environment. The Industry Lifetime Achievement Award honoured Fraser Edison for his many contributions. Mr. Edison has mapped a life-long career in the marine industry, beginning in intermodal transportation with Clarke Steamships and then to the formation of the ConPro Group through which he participated in two successful offshore oil and gas developments and made several investments in fledgling marine technology start-ups including Rutter Inc. The third award, the Award for Historical Marine Significance, was given to CBC’s Land & Sea, a documentary television program that, for 54 years, has been preserving and telling the untold stories that define the rich history of Newfoundland and Labrador and indeed Atlantic Canada. For the first time in the event’s history, a fourth award was handed out for Innovation Leadership. The inaugural winner, Kraken Robotics Inc., was honored for directing its energies to a deep dive below the surface to switch up how the world looks at the undersea world. Now a global leader in subsea imaging, Kraken Robotics is penetrating civilian and military markets with its remarkable synthetic aperture sonar and setting a bold course for other Newfoundland and Labrador startups to follow in their wake.

“Each year, Turning the Tide has shared remarkable stories about our marine history, and we have viewed our pioneers with fascination and respect. I am delighted to be part of such an important event for our marine industry,” said Paul Antle, Chair, Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards. “While the Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards honour excellence in the industry, they also provide much needed funds to not for profit organizations that continue to record stories of or marine heritage and leverage them to sustain our rural communities.”

During the gala, Turning the Tide Awards Board Member Leo Power took to the stage to present a cheque for $50,000 to the Home from The Sea Foundation. The donation, accepted by John Norman, Chair of the Home from The Sea Foundation, will support the ongoing work of the Foundation and the operation of John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre in Elliston, NL.

The 2020 Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards will celebrate the fourth year for the prestigious awards, with a call for nominations coming early in the new year. More information can be found at www.turningthetideawards.ca

 

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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 as a whole.

2019 Award: Oceanex

Oceanex, and its predecessor companies, have been providing service to Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 100 years. In 2007, the company was privatized and the new ownership, led by Managing Partner, Captain Sid Hynes, has taken the company to the next level building it into one of the most successful transportation enterprises in Eastern Canada. The 400 employees at Oceanex deliver approximately 45% of all the freight that comes to the island. Oceanex has demonstrated entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in expanding its service offerings, in its willingness to invest in new equipment and technology and in caring about people, safety, and the environment. 

INDUSTRY 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.  

2019 Award: Fraser Edison

Fraser Edison has mapped a life-long career in the marine industry, beginning in intermodal transportation in Montreal and here locally that eventually led him to participation it two successful offshore oil and gas developments and several investments in fledgling marine technology start-ups that now reside under the Rutter banner. Mr. Edison also has a history of giving back to the community through his pioneering efforts with NOIA and his decades of commitment to Easter Seals and countless other charities.

INNOVATION LEADERSHIP AWARD

A new Award for 2019, this award is presented 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. Whether their innovation has solved an age-old problem or opened-up a completely new frontier, what we will be able to say is that this company has pushed through significant barriers to benefit them and the industry as a whole.

2019 Award: Kraken Robotics

Kraken Robotics has directed its energies to a deep dive below the surface to switch up how the world looks at the undersea world. Cracking both civilian and military markets, Kraken Robotics is now an acknowledged world leader in the innovative use of Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) and underwater imaging technology in dramatically improving the image resolution and coverage possible with seabed surveys. Kraken Robotics is setting an example for other to follow.

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.

2019 Award: CBC Land and Sea

CBC Land and Sea is a documentary television program that, for 54 years, has been preserving and telling the untold stories that define the rich history of Newfoundland and Labrador and indeed Atlantic Canada. Over the years Land and Sea has taken thousands of people from their living rooms to every corner of our province. Journeys that ensure that we all are aware of and value our rich history and the culture that it has created. Many great journalists have been involved in Land and Sea over the years and a constant thread has been a healthy and genuine curiosity and high journalistic integrity in finding and sharing stories and wonderful stories within those stories.

THE 2019 TURNING THE TIDE MARINE INDUSTRY AWARDS ARE PROUDLY PRESENTED BY ST. JOHN'S PORT AUTHORITY