From: Pat Bell, MLA Prince George North – Jan.25, 2010
1. TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY THE APPLIED SCIENCE TECHNOLOGISTS & TECHNICIANS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA -BLUEWATER BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Bluewater Business Solutions is a growing resource management company based in Prince George specializing in providing innovative software and business solutions to the forestry sector. Bluewater developed an intelligent system to improve the accuracy of forest harvesting cost estimations. Timber Analyst supports the harvesting plan by providing an economic assessment of the associated area while maintaining and considering mandated forest management objectives. The system incorporates an in-depth mapping module, equipment & employee profiles, on-site environmental factors, and - most importantly - a Company's expert knowledge. In today’s highly competitive forest industry, Bluewater Business Solutions is able to provide forest companies with a system that assists them in making decisions with a high degree of confidence and accuracy, thus creating efficiencies and providing them with a competitive advantage.
2. MENTOR AWARD SPONSORED BY SPLASH MEDIA - JANINE NORTH, CEO, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE TRUST
Janine North has been the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Initiative Trust since 2005. Janine is also a director on the Association for Mineral Exploration BC Board and sits on the Board of Governors for the BC Business Council; an organization representing 260 of the largest business corporations in British Columbia. Under Janine’s leadership, the Northern Development Initiative Trust Corporation has attracted contracts to deliver $30 million in federal funding and $9 million from land developers, industry groups, and the Science and Technology Council of BC because of its recognized entrepreneurial and effective funding delivery track record. Throughout Janine’s career of executive leadership in the BC private and public sectors, she has consistently demonstrated values of visionary leadership, entrepreneurial innovation, fiscal stewardship and organizational excellence - delivering high quality, efficient and responsive service.
3. WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD SPONSORED BY WORKSAFE BC - ORION INFORMATION SYSTEMS INC.
Orion IS has developed a Safety Management Software suite of tools within their TRAXms application that has excelled in how they can now manage the safety for their entire company. Built for the Forest Industry and their particular needs, their application is now used by others in multiple industries and has made a huge impact in streamlining and making the safety information much more powerful.
The TRAXms online Safety Management System has a direct impact and benefit to any organization in managing their safety of the organization and how it's employees are integrated within the organization. This application will manage both certification needs, and staying compliant in the ongoing cycle of staying safe.
4. THE COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AWARD SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA - ALLAN CARSON, HUCKLEBERRY MINES LTD AND COOPER BEAUCHESNE and ASSOCIATES LTD. .
Many challenges are faced with establishing native vegetation on degraded mine soils. Soil conditions relevant to plant growth (e.g. levels of plant available nutrients) are usually poor or limited and the presence of high concentrations of heavy metals within mine tailings often inhibit or prevent any vegetation cover from developing. The proposed research that Allan is conducting will provide recommendations towards engaging these challenges, directed more specifically to the project site (Huckleberry Mines) but applicable to the future reclamation efforts of mining developments in northern B. C. One of the major indirect contributions that the proposed research will make towards current reclamation research and development in British Columbia will be with promoting the use of native plant species and investment in the collection and production of native seed stocks for use in reclaiming disturbed landscapes. Through collaboration with Huckleberry Mines Ltd., Cooper Beauchesne and Associates Ltd., Symbios Research and Restoration and the University of Northern British Columbia, opportunities to develop new and innovative techniques for native seed collection and propagation for potential use towards the agronomic production of seed stocks have arisen and will continue to arise throughout the lifetime of the partnership.
5. THE ABORIGINAL AWARD SPONSORED BY SPECTRA ENERGY - TSAY KEY DENE FIRST NATIONS
The innovative technology solutions that the Tsay Key Dene Band has performed were in the controlling of the nuisance dust in their community from the 30,000 hectares of exposed beaches around the Williston Reservoir. The Tsay Key Dene Band, in partnership with project sponsor BC Hydro, have planned to work with 10 world renowned scientists from all over the world to control the dust. Their innovation and attempts with multiple methods to control the dust have resulted in a more prosperous, and successful remote First Nations community. Ideas for control have been irrigation, tillage with tractors, many vegetation growth trials, wetland protection, harvesting of log debris in the reservoir, and using satellite photo models to predict emissivity.
6. THE TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTER OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY THE COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA - DEL-TECH AND BALDY HUGHES THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY
Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community has moved from diesel generated heat to carbon neutral biomass heat for the entire facility. The bioenergy system burns pellets in a central battery of boilers and heats water. The water is circulated in pipes connecting most of the buildings in the therapeutic addictions recovery complex.
This one-of-a- kind heating system makes the entire community independent for all heating needs. Del-Tech partnered with BHTC to install the system at no cost to the Centre. This is a ground breaking achievement for sustainability with regards to communities that are secluded. This will lower the reliance on fossil fuel generated heat and power. Del Tech was largely responsible for keeping Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Centre open by eliminating the cost of heat in their expenses.
7. JOHN HUMPHREYS MEMORIAL FOREST INNOVATOR AWARD - SPONSORED BY DUZ CHO LOGGING – BLUEKEY ENERGY INC.
Bluekey Energy Inc. is the first in the world to produce biodiesel fuel from a non-food product. Instead of using corn, wheat or sugar cane to produce biodiesel fuel, Bluekey’s process converts a pulp mill waste called soap into synthetic crude oil. As it stands, pulp mills must send the soap out to another plant to turn it into tall oil before it can be converted into biodiesel. Bluekey's process is onsite and cuts out the tall oil step, saving on time, machinery and other costly resources. The globally patented technology promises to rejuvenate the sunset pulp mill industry by improving waste management and introducing a new revenue stream.
8. NORTHERN BC PROSPECTOR OR DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR AWARD - SPONSORED BY ASSOCIATION FOR MINERAL EXPLORATION BC - TERRANE METALS
Terrane Metals' key asset is the Mt. Milligan Copper-Gold Project located 155 km northwest of Prince George in central British Columbia. Terrane Metals has been rapidly advancing the Mt. Milligan Project towards mine production since acquiring the property in July 2006. In December, the Company successfully concluded the federal Environmental Assessment process for this Project. Mt. Milligan will be a conventional truck-shovel open pit mine with a 60,000 tpd copper flotation process plant. A 2009 Feasibility Update Study) forecast average annual production of 262,100 oz gold and 89 million lb copper for the first six years of a 22-year mine life. The Project will provide about 400 direct permanent jobs and significant long-term economic benefits for the region
9. THE E-BUSINESS AWARD - SPONSORED BY ABC COMMUNICATIONS - COZY BUMS DIAPERS
Katherine has created an on-line website from scratch and has developed her home business providing cloth diapers across Canada capitalizing on green consumers. She has learned how to import diapers from U.S. Distributors and continues to grow her product lines. Revenue increased 10 times from her first year and is expected to double in her third year of operation. She has provided cloth diapers to over 1,000 customers removing an estimated 6 million diapers out of landfills. The nominee is an extraordinary example of an entrepreneur. She identified a market of green oriented moms who would appreciate her attention to detail, product knowledge and excellent customer service. With very little assistance she has created a brand, developed a website and runs a viable small business from home.
10. THE TECHNOLOGY START-UP OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY THE INNOVATION RESOURCE CENTRE - BLUEKEY ENERGY
This award winning start up company is focused on improving local major industry in Prince George and area. Pulp mills in North America have the opportunity to produce 2 billion litres of biodiesel annually from their waste products. Bluekey Energy Inc. has the global processing patent to unlock this untapped resource, and globally produce 3.6 billion litres of biodiesel annually.
Bluekey will help rejuvenate the sunset pulp mill industry by introducing new revenue streams, better waste management, and cost reducing processing. They will also help the environment while creating new job opportunities and revenue for communities and essential fuel. Bluekey is an environmentally friendly step in the production of economically viable biofuel production.
11. THE EXPORT AWARD SPONSORED BY INITIATIVES PRINCE GEORGE - SINCLAR GROUP FOREST PRODUCTS LTD.
Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. was founded in 1962, and has a reputation for manufacturing and distributing premium, high quality wood products. This vertically integrated, innovative company is involved in eight operations in the Central Interior, from lumber manufacturing to panelized home and truss manufacturing. Today, the company is Canada's largest producer of stud lumber and exports to United States, Canada and overseas.
12. THE TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY THE PRINCE GEORGE FREE PRESS - HIGHWAY 37 COALITION
A new power line along Highway 37 in northwest BC has the potential to create thousands of jobs, generate new sources of clean power and provide additional revenues to government to help pay for important programs and services. The power line has the potential to spur economic development in mining, tourism and clean power projects. There are ten potential mining projects in the area and the power line has the potential to attract more than $15 billion in investment, create 10,700 jobs and generate $300 million in annual tax revenues to governments. Demand for power in the northwest is driven largely by the mining sector, independent power projects and regional municipality growth, with additional opportunities to revitalize the tourism sector. The 517 kilometre line will generate in excess of 2,000 megawatts each year and could also be fed power from other sources in the northwest. There is significant potential for power generation in the region, from hydro and wind projects to geothermal and the power line could reduce greenhouse gas emission as communities are transitioned away from diesel generators.
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