Oakville Innovation Awards celebrate excellence in engineering and technology

Six Oakville businesses honoured

Oakville Innovation Awards celebrate excellence in engineering and technology
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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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The Oakville Innovation Awards were handed out last night at the Oakville Conference Centre to six Oakville businesses for their outstanding contributions in the field of engineering and technology. The award recipients demonstrated excellence in product/process development or research.

The award recipients were:

The twenty-five submissions received were judged on innovation, viability, creativity and sustainability by a panel of experts in the fields of engineering, technology, finance, academia, and research and development.

Winning entries were presented with a one-of-a-kind award created by glass artist and Sheridan College graduate, Tara Marsh.

This recognition program was implemented to inspire the creation of innovative products and celebrate the contributions made by professionals in our community, and was made possible through the partnership of HalTech Regional Innovation Centre, Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Professional Engineers of Ontario – Oakville Chapter, Silicon Halton and the Town of Oakville. Special thanks to the event sponsors — PWC and Siemens Canada.

For more information on the winners and their entries, visit oakville.ca and search innovation awards.

Selection Panel

The Oakville Innovation Awards selection panel was comprised of experts in the fields of engineering, technology, finance, academia, and research and development. Full biographies can be viewed at: http://www.oakville.ca/economicdevelopment/innovation-awards-panel.html

Bob Civak — Senior Vice President – Business Development Operations, Ontario Centres of Excellence
In his current role as senior vice president at OCE, Bob is responsible for OCE’s Business Development Operations including OCE’s highly regarded and globally recognized Business Operations Team deployed across the entire province.

Dr. Joseph Dableh – President, Oakville Green Development Inc.
Dr. Dableh spent the first 10 years of his career (1978 to 1987) at the Research division of Ontario Hydro, where he was involved in several projects related to the repair and rehabilitation of CANDU nuclear reactors. The subsequent fifteen years of his career were at McMaster University and the Federal Government of Canada.

Dr. Darren Lawless — Dean – Undergraduate Research, Sheridan College
Dr. Lawless is an accomplished senior research and development executive with a sound track record of moving technology from concept to market. He is an inventor with contributions to 12 patents to date and has over 35 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Nick Markettos — Assistant Vice-President of Research Partnerships, McMaster University
A professional engineer with some 30 years’ experience in engineering, technology development, policy development and university-industry collaboration. Nick Markettos began his career as a design engineer in Canada’s nuclear power industry and then spent a number of years working as a consultant on industry-research-government collaborations before joining the Ontario government.

Dr. Tibor Turi, Manager — Ontario Regional Office, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
After holding various leadership roles in research and development, technical design, product engineering, and product market development, Dr. Turi’s principle focus, along with the NSERC-Ontario staff, is to facilitate and support industry-academic research partnerships in Ontario, primarily with small to medium sized enterprises.


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