ST. JOHN’S (NL) – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is celebrating the achievements of four members who are the winners of the province’s Environmental Industry Awards.
“While we are in the midst of a health and economic crisis, it is more important than it has ever been for us to celebrate the successes and achievements of our province’s business leaders,” said Kieran Hanley, NEIA’s Executive Director.
“Canada’s economic recovery is going to be tied to a vision of clean growth,” said Hanley, “and business leaders like those that we are highlighting today are going to help lead Newfoundland and Labrador out of the fog and into the bright future that we know is within our grasp.”
“Congratulations to our award winners, and we all look forward to following your fine work helping to grow Newfoundland and Labrador’s green economy.”
NEIA’s Industry Awards program features winners in four categories:
The Cleantech Innovation Award recognizes achievement in research and development, commercialization, and/or refinement of products, services, or processes that can mitigate effects to, protect, or enhance the environment. 2019’s Cleantech Innovation Award has been presented to eDNAtec. “eDNAtec is changing the way we look at environmental characterization and monitoring in our oceans, and is helping to establish Newfoundland and Labrador as a global centre of excellence for research and development in this exciting new field,” said Hanley.
The Environmental Industry Business Excellence Award recognizes a significant initiative, project, or achievement of a business engaged in Newfoundland and Labrador’s green economy. 2019’s Environmental Industry Business Excellent Award has been presented to Mysa. “Mysa is a clean technology firm in our province that been growing at an accelerated rate,” said Hanley. “In a few short years it has brought two products to international markets, grown to employ over 60 in its offices in St. John’s, and doubled down on its commitment to research, development, and innovation.”
The Cleantech International Business Award recognizes a significant initiative or achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador business engaged in international business activities relating to cleantech or environmental services. 2019’s Cleantech International Business Award has been presented to Compusult. “This past year Compusult made a significant international investment by opening an office in The Hague – from which the company can build on its substantial business interests in Europe,” said Hanley.
The Environmental Industry Champion Award recognizes the contribution of an individual to the growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s environmental industry. 2019’s Environmental Industry Champion Award has been Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association Web: www.neia.org | Email: email@example.com | Ph: 709.237.8090 90 O’Leary Avenue, Suite 207, St. John’s, NL, Canada, A1B 2C7
presented to Glenn Sharp. “Glenn has made an extraordinary contribution to the growth of the province’s green economy by becoming the first in the province to generate and sell carbon offsets; NEIA is proud to recognize him as an industry champion,” said Hanley.
More information on the award winners can be found in the attached backgrounder. NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 200 members. More information can be found at https://neia.org.
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Cleantech Innovation Award
eNDAtec is revolutionizing how to assess, monitor and characterize the ocean through DNA sequencing, supporting the world’s ocean industries, including offshore energy, shipping, fisheries and aquaculture. This new generation of biological tracking systems is non-invasive, can be applied with considerably less effort and cost, and has been shown to be an effective monitoring tool in any ocean environment. Its Centre for Environmental Genomics Applications (CEGA) is a one of a kind centre of excellence dedicated to the application of genomics for environmental characterization and monitoring, positioning Newfoundland and Labrador as a global leader in ocean genomics. In 2019, eDNAtec continued its journey commercializing its technology through a series of international projects. They are currently providing biodiversity monitoring solutions to offshore oil and gas operations in various locations. Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) has supported the CEGA facility with millions of dollars in funding since 2015. HMDC, and its lead co-venturer ExxonMobil continue to share their local and global industry expertise with CEGA. eDNAtec has also received support from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
Business Excellence Award
Supported by investors from across Canada, Mysa has become one of the fastest growing, highly touted local technology companies in the province since its 2016 inception. Its mission is to help the world become more environmentally friendly and sustainable through energy efficiency and conservation, led by innovative technology that enriches our lives. By 2019 Mysa’s Smart Thermostats were being installed in homes across Canada and the United States. The company’s commitment to innovation is what drives it forward – and this past year two new initiatives stemming from that work were introduced. First, Mysa introduced a brand new product – its in-floor Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association Web: www.neia.org | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Ph: 709.237.8090 90 O’Leary Avenue, Suite 207, St. John’s, NL, Canada, A1B 2C7
heating thermostat. Second, Mysa independently launched a pilot project to test software that it has in development to assist electricity utilities manage the demand of electricity in peak periods. In the meantime, Mysa has assumed a leadership role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s business community when it comes to sustainability, has won a series of national and international awards, and now employs over 60 in its rapidly expanding offices in St. John’s, NL.
International Business Award
Compusult is a global leader in geospatial interoperability, marketing a suite of standards-based applications offering revolutionary solutions for geospatial data discovery, access, and delivery in a wide variety of applications. This past year Compusult expanded its business in the Netherlands by opening its European headquarters in The Hague. The strategic decision will allow the company to have a base for its business operations in Europe and around the world, and enable it to provide more effective support to its client – the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency). The initiative was bolstered through international partnerships including the Canadian Embassy in the Netherlands, InnovationQuarter – the regional economic development agency for the greater Rotterdam – The Hague area, and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. Compusult’s new location in the Dutch high-tech ecosystem represents a significant step forward in export and international business from a firm that was founded in 1985 in Mount Pearl, NL.
Industry Champion Award
As the driving force behind the first ever generation, verification, certification, and sale of carbon offsets in Newfoundland and Labrador through Sharp Management, Glenn Sharp (P.Eng) has made a significant contribution to the environmental industry and green economy in the province. Through the design and implementation of engineered wetlands to treat sewage wastewater in the towns of Stephenville and Appleton/Glenwood, Sharp acquired certification through the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) of 55,071 carbon offsets from offsetting emissions of 50,000 tonnes of CO2. These local offsets are the cornerstone of NEIA’s ‘Carbon Offset Challenge’, a campaign that is creating awareness within Newfoundland and Labrador’s business community on the importance of recognizing and addressing the private sector’s environmental impact. Sharp’s achievements are but a sign of what is to come in a world that is moving towards a lower-carbon future – where improved environmental performance will directly align with economic opportunity.