Progress Media's Innovation in Practice Awards took place May 20th in Halifax. The awards showcase, promote and recognize innovation in the public or social sector.
This year's impressive roster of Innovation in Practice finalists are building communities and changing lives. Progress Publisher, Neville Gilfoy, reported that a record number of submissions had been received showcasing innovation in the public sector.
The overall winner was the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) on the establishment of their Robertson Institute for Community Leadership. The new program promotes socio-economic growth in our communities. As a result of the Fall 2014 launch, over 4,187 students, staff and alumni contributed 12,651 hours of service to 191 community projects. Mary Butler and Heather Allaby were present to accept the award.
Eight finalists were recognized as follows:
City of Fredericton / e-Novations – Recognized for innovative strategy through intellectual infrastructure investment by creating a city-owned fibre optic network (e-Novations), the first, free wireless network in Canada (Fred-eZone) and most recently lowest cost gigabit connectivity in Atlantic Canada through its GoFred brand. (Laurie Guthrie represented the City of Fredericton)
Opportunities New Brunswick (ONB) - Teamed up with Costco to feature eight New Brunswick companies, resulting in exposure to approx.1500 consumers/per day over a 13 day promotion.
Enterprise Saint John - Recognized for spearheading their True Growth 2.0 strategy to drive economic growth.
BIOTIC - An IWK and QEII joint initiative, which is a non-invasive brain imaging technology designed to improve the 'burnt toast' model of brain probing.
University of New Brunswick (UNB) - Recognized for driving entrepreneurialism through its various programs from the Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Centre, Pond-Deshpande Centre, International Business & Entrepreneurship Centre and Wallace McCain Institute. (Dr. Dhirendra Shukla represented UNB)
Dalhousie University – Designed a new program, ‘Starting Lean’, through their Rowe School of Business’s Norman Newman Centre of Entrepreneurship, which enables students to commercialize their university research by starting a business.
Dalhousie University - Launched initiatives, RSB Connect and Management without Borders, to connect coop students with businesses.
IWK was recognized for the creation of a new program called NICU, which uses technology like video conferencing and tele-learning to connect families with their premature babies.
Check out the new issue of Progress for more information.