N.L. Turning the Tide Marine Industry winners announced

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Turning the Tide Marine Industry has announced the winners of its fifth annual industry awards.   

The winners of the annual awards have contributed to the development of the marine industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.     

Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company earned the Industry Leadership and Excellence Award after the company grew from humble beginnings into an industry leader.   

The company operates processing facilities in five Labrador communities and boasts an impressive harvesting fleet.   

Richard Cashin was recognized with the Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.   

Cashin was honoured for his work as a labour leader and politician. His work advanced the rights of inshore fish harvesters and helped harvesters and fish plant workers negotiate fair wages.  

He was also invested in the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2019.   

Virtual Marine earned the Innovation Leadership Award for its state-of-the-art maritime safety training simulators that offer realistic and risk-free training.   

Crow’s Nest, a private club that has operated for 70 years, was presented with the Award of Historical Significance.   

The association is a National Historic site and home to a museum and hundreds of military artifacts.   

The Crow’s Nest Military Artifacts Association is recognized as a museum by the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and a participant in the Virtual Museum of Canada.   

The final award, the Next Wave Leadership Award was given to Jasmine Saunders.   

Saunders is an Indigenous woman who has played an integral role in developing relationships with indigenous partners. She also works with high school students to show them the benefits of the marine industry as a potential career.   

The awards will be presented on Sept. 22 at the fifth annual awards gala at the St. John’s Convention Centre.